Software developed at Columbia University, and expanded upon by CoClear, a Harlem-based startup, allows companies to compare the costs and benefits of reducing a product's impact on the environment. The software will be on display at the Data Science Institute’s Demo Day on March 31.
Harris Wang, a Columbia University researcher designing synthetic gut microbes that could help treat obesity and gastrointestinal disease, has received a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship. The two-year, $50,000 grant will support his research on horizontal gene transfer as a way to engineer beneficial bacteria in the human digestive system.
Suresh Naidu, a Columbia University researcher using text-mining tools to study the role of politics in shaping economies, has received a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship. His research has uncovered evidence of insider trading from declassified CIA documents and explored the political biases shaping the field of economics, among other topics.
A startup founded on machine learning technology developed at Columbia rolls out new software this month that automates the review of real estate leases. eBrevia, based in New York City and Stamford, Conn., has previously applied the technology to employment contracts and other legal agreements. "Lawyers have to wade through massive amounts of text,” said Data Science Institute director Kathleen McKeown, who helped develop the software. “The algorithm we developed can save them time by quickly targeting and summarizing key information. It’s a good example of innovation made possible by applying data science to the law."