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UW Reality Lab Launches with $6M from Tech Companies to Advance AR and VR Research

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:26

The University of Washington is launching a new augmented and virtual reality research center — funded by Facebook, Google, and Huawei — to accelerate innovation in the field and educate the next generation of researchers and practitioners.

Learning Computer Science is Different than Learning Other STEM Disciplines

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:17

 Learning CS has unique challenges that make it harder than learning other STEM disciplines

Even Realistic Videogames like Call of Duty Won't Help Us Win Wars

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:50

Millennials can now storm the beaches of Normandy and fight Nazis with a new level of realism.

Beijing to Build $2 Billion AI Technology Park

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:29

Beijing is planning to build a 13.8 billion yuan (US$2.12 billion) artificial intelligence development park, the Xinhua news agency reports, as China pushes to fulfill its ambition to become a world leader in AI by 2025.

A Visit to Facebook's Recently Opened Center for Deleting Content

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:05

For the first time, Facebook granted journalists access to its new center in Essen, Germany for deleting content from its platform. In the five-story building, more than 400 employees are already deleting comments, photos, and videos that break Facebook's rules.

Research Reveals 'Shocking' Weakness of Lab Courses

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:38

Higher education lab courses would seem to have the advantage on hands-on, active learning, but new research reveals traditional labs fall far short of their pedagogical goals.

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 19:39

Several months after the WannaCry cyber-attack, much of the world still seems to be asleep to the potential catastrophic effects of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure systems.

It's Time to Weave Computational Thinking Into K-12

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:00

A new study stresses the need for computational thinking to be integrated across K-12 school curriculums.

At This Camp, Kids Learn Computer Science (Without Computers)

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:29

Miryung Kim of UCLA uses blocks, stickers, and large pieces of paper to explain distributed and parallel computing  to kids at the Mommy Computer Science Camp.

Scientific Database arXiv Reaches Billionth Download Milestone

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:52, the open-access repository of scientific research, has surpassed 1 billion downloads.

ACM Code of Ethics

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

THE ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (the Code) is being updated by the Code Update Task Force in conjunction with the ACM's Committee on Professional Ethics. The Code was initially written in 1992, and this is the first update since then.

Technical Perspective: Can High Performance be Portable?

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

"Halide: Decoupling Algorithms from Schedules for High-Performance Image Processing" by Ragan-Kelley et al. on the image processing language Halide explores a substantially different approach to architecture-specific code optimization.


Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

We propose a new programming language for image processing pipelines, called Halide, that separates the algorithm from its schedule.

Information Hiding

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

The practice of hiding ill-gotten data in digital objects is rising among cyber thieves. New initiatives serve to educate, train, and thwart these activities.

Decentralized Blockchain-Based Electronic Marketplaces

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

In a decentralized marketplace, buyers and sellers transact directly, without manipulation by intermediary platforms.

Popularity Spikes Hurt Future Chances for Viral Propagation of Protomemes

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

Once a meme gets popular, it will have to evolve to keep being popular.

How Law and Computer Science Can Work Together to Improve the Information Society

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

Seeking to remedy bad legislation with good science.

Defining American Greatness

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

Reflections on a firm that encapsulated the American Century.

Technology and the Failure of the University

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

Considering the double-edged sword of learning technologies in various academic settings.

Ask Not What Your Postdoc Can Do for You . . .

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

Seeking more effective strategies for training and nurturing CS postdocs to ensure their success.