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1989 Professor Kathleen McKeown becomes the first woman to be granted tenure in the School. An expert in computational linguistics, she and her Natural Language Processing Group go on to develop Newsblaster, a system that automatically identifies, sorts, and summarizes the day’s top news stories.

1991 The research of Professor Dimitris Anastassiou and doctoral student Fermi Wang PhD’91 forms part of a key MPEG-2 patent that is instrumental in implementing international video standards broadly used in digital video, DVD, and Blu-Ray. In 2013, he wins the SAGE Bionetworks/DREAM Breast Cancer Prognosis Challenge for developing a new computational model that is highly predictive of breast cancer survival.

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