Science has an AI problem. This group says they can fix it.
May 1, 2024
Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

AI holds the potential to help doctors find early markers of disease and policymakers to avoid decisions that lead to war. But a growing body of evidence has revealed deep flaws in how machine learning is used in science, a problem that has swept through dozens of fields and implicated thousands of erroneous papers.

Now an…

AI at Princeton: Pushing limits, accelerating discovery and serving humanity
March 18, 2024
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

At Princeton, interdisciplinary collaborations of researchers are using artificial intelligence to accelerate discovery across the University in fields ranging from neuroscience to Near Eastern studies.

Princeton experts are also pushing the limits of AI technology to make it more accurate and efficient, to…

Engineers use AI to wrangle fusion power for the grid
Feb. 21, 2024
Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

In the blink of an eye, the unruly, superheated plasma that drives a fusion reaction can lose its stability and escape the strong magnetic fields confining it within the donut-shaped fusion reactor. These getaways frequently spell the end of the reaction, posing a core…

Princeton's world-class microscopes are making a giant impact in the realm of the minuscule
Feb. 1, 2024
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Princeton scientists are peering into the smallest corners of matter using an exceptional collection of sophisticated microscopes — some so big they fill a room. These remarkable instruments have established the University as a world leader in microscopy and led to countless discoveries.

A way to stop cancer cells from metastasizing…

Buyer beware: Most clean power purchasing strategies do little to cut emissions
Jan. 22, 2024
Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

In the quest to achieve a net-neutral climate impact, many companies seek to buy additional power from clean energy sources in an attempt to eliminate the emissions otherwise generated by operating on today’s fossil fuel-heavy grid.

Yet some of the most common strategies for purchasing clean energy have little impact in cutting long-term…

Leveraging language models for fusion energy research
Dec. 22, 2023
Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Since the advent of fusion research, scientists have published thousands of documents on the subject — papers, conference proceedings, and even written logs from previous experiments at fusion reactors around the world. Such a wellspring of information would easily take a lifetime to read, and even longer to comprehend.

During an…

Physicists ‘entangle’ individual molecules for the first time, bringing about a new platform for quantum science
Dec. 7, 2023
Written by Tom Garlinghouse for the Department of Physics

For the first time, a team of Princeton physicists have been able to link together individual molecules into special states that are quantum mechanically “entangled.” In these bizarre states, the molecules remain correlated with each other—and can interact simultaneously—even if they are miles apart, or indeed, even if they occupy opposite ends of the universe. This research was recently published in the journal Science.

How do you make a robot smarter? Program it to know what it doesn’t know.
Nov. 29, 2023
Written by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

Modern robots know how to sense their environment and respond to language, but what they don’t know is often more important than what they do know. Teaching robots to ask for help is key to making them safer and more efficient.

Engineers at Princeton University and Google have come up with a new way to teach robots to know when they don’t…

New Quantum Science and Engineering Ph.D. program provides training in emerging discipline
Nov. 7, 2023
Written by Tracy Meyer, Princeton Graduate School ; Steven Schultz, Office of Engineering Communications

Princeton University has launched a new Ph.D. program in Quantum Science and Engineering (QSE), providing graduate training in an emerging discipline at the intersection of quantum physics and information theory. This new field of quantum information science has broad…

Award for Distinguished Innovation goes to Peter Jaffé and Shan Huang for bacteria that break down persistent environmental contaminants
Oct. 12, 2023
Written by Alaina O'Regan, Office of the Dean for Research

In recognition of the importance to society of innovative research and scholarship, the 2023 Dean for Research Award for Distinguished Innovation will be awarded to Peter Jaffé, William L. Knapp Professor of Civil Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Shan Huang, professional specialist in civil and environmental engineering, for the development of bacterial approaches to eliminating harmful contaminants that are persistent in the environment.