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Universities and Foxconn Create International Internship Program

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:36

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Foxconn Technology Group, and Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan have created a co-op program in which UWM engineering students will study in Taiwan and work at a Foxconn facility before completing their degrees at UWM.

Participation in AP Computer Science Principles Grows Again

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:00

Between last year and this year, the number of students taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles exam increased by about 50%.

Computer Science Students Honored for Humanizing Robots With Humor

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:56

Three Stanford computer science students developed a model that can detect humor in spoken language and predict when a conversational agent should respond with laughter.

Self-Driving Cars Likely Won't Steal Your Job (Until 2040)

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:52

The self-driving robots are coming to transform your job. Kind of. Also, very slowly.

The Most Common Route to CEO? Computer Science Degree Helps

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:31

LinkedIn traced the path many CEOs took on their way to leading the C-suite and found that most were computer science majors, followed by economics and business majors.

ISTE's Updated Computer Science Standards Will Reflect a 'New Era' of the Discipline

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:12

The International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) is creating new computer science standards for educators and is accepting feedback on the draft standards until July.

ISTE's Updated Computer Science Standards Will Reflect a 'New Era' of the Discipline

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:00

The International Society for Technology and Education is developing new computer science education standards.

Boys' Interest in STEM Is Decreasing, New Study Says

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:00

Only 24% of boys are interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), compared to 36% in 2017, according to a recent survey.

Systemic Changes Needed to Address Sexual Harassment in Academia, Report Says

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:26

A system-wide change to the culture and climate in higher education is needed to prevent and effectively respond to sexual harassment, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Marine Corps Weighs Wooing Older Members for New Cyber Force

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:35

The head of the Marine Corps says it's time the U.S. military branch known for its fierce, young warriors becomes a little more mature.

China's Schools Are Quietly Using AI to Mark Students' Essays ... but Do the Robots Make the Grade?

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00

A quarter of schools in China are testing a device that uses artificial intelligence to grade students' essays.

Digital Economy Promotion Agency Eyes Coding Thailand Sea Change

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00

Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency is seeking to encourage the cultivation of computational thinking skills among young Thais.

Eggers Receives Eckert-Mauchly Award for Contributions to Computer Architecture

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:00

The University of Washington’s Susan Eggers has received the 2018 Eckert-Mauchly Award for her contributions to the field of computer architecture.

The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:00

A study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany detailed researchers' exploration of robots capable of hugging humans for emotional support.

QS World Ranks Top Computer Science Universities

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:32

QS World has released 2018 rankings of the world's top computer science and information systems universities. The top 10 includes six universities in the United States, two in the United Kingdom, one in Switzerland, and one in Canada.

Our Concerns About the Arrest of Abbas Edalat in Iran

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:27

129 experts in computer science, mathematics, and machine learning call for the release of their colleague, the Imperial College London professor who was arrested in April in Tehran.

Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:56

Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.

Crime Fighting Gets High-Tech Advances

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:47

When criminals are plotting, so are vigilant police departments.

Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities – 2018

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:50

Every scientist hopes for a "Eureka" moment—the jolt of sudden insight when a discovery becomes clear. But great advances always follow regular progress, and while individual researchers might strive for disruption, institutions are most successful when they're consistent and steady.

Google to Drop Pentagon AI Contract After Employee Objections to the 'Business of War'

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:06

Google will not seek to extend its contract next year with the Defense Department for artificial intelligence used to analyze drone video, squashing a controversial alliance that had raised alarms over the technological buildup between Silicon Valley and the military.

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