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Computer Science Department

Research by DePauw Graduates Earns Media Attention (October, 2006)

Although Sara Owsley and Nate Nichols graduated from DePauw several years apart, they have ended up in the same research laboratory as graduate students at Northwestern University. Owsley and Nichols have both contributed to a software system called "News at Seven" that is receiving significant media attention. According to an article in NewScientistTech "[the software] automatically generates timely video news bulletins, presented by computer-animated characters, [and] could revolutionize current affairs broadcasting, researchers say.... For example, one video shows a bulletin (see photo) about attempts to corroborate North Korea's controversial nuclear test while another shows a more opinionated celebrity-focused report."