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Between the Abbey and the Edge of Time

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

A photo marks my place, then and now

Technical Perspective: Making Sleep Tracking More User Friendly

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

"LIBS: A Bioelectrical Sensing System from Human Ears for Staging Whole-Night Sleep Study" provides a nice balance in terms of minimizing the burden on users and the granularity at which we can automatically track various measures of sleep.

LIBS

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

We explore a new form of wearable systems, called LIBS, that can continuously record biosignals such as brain wave, eye movements, and facial muscle contractions, with high sensitivity and reliability.

Technical Perspective: Backdoor Engineering

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

"Where Did I Leave My Keys?" by Checkoway et al. reports on the amazing independent reconstruction of a backdoor, discovered in the firmware of a VPN router commonly used to secure access to corporate intranets.

Where Did I Leave My Keys?

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

In this paper, we describe the results of a full independent analysis of the ScreenOS randomness and VPN key establishment protocol subsystems, which we carried out in response to the Juniper Dual Elliptic Curve incident.

Skill Discovery in Virtual Assistants

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

Skill recommendations must be provided when users need them most, without being obtrusive or distracting.

A Look at the Design of Lua

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

Simplicity, small size, portability, and embeddability set Lua apart from other scripting languages.

Tracking and Controlling Microservice Dependencies

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

Dependency management is a crucial part of system and software design.

Will Supercomputers Be Super-Data and Super-AI Machines?

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

New challenges in architecture, system software, and application technologies must be addressed to help develop next-generation exascale supercomputing systems.

Video Consumption, Social Networking, and Influence

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

China's online video industry has as many similarities as differences with the U.S.

Fintech

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

Financial technology, or fintech, is a fast-evolving field that has reshaped the financial industry.

Cloud Bursting for the World's Largest Consumer Market

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

The development and popularization of cloud computing, especially in emerging domains, brings great convenience and also poses new challenges.

Exploiting Psychology and Social Behavior for Game Stickiness

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

Interactive video games, which support various forms of collaboration and confrontation among gamers, create an obsessive stickiness.

Can China Lead the Development of Data Trading and Sharing Markets?

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

A survey of China's data trading and sharing markets.

Regional Computing Culture and Personalities

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

Despite China's massive market and bountiful opportunities for computing careers, Chinese corporations face great obstacles in attracting high-tech talent.

Consumers, Corporations, and Government

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

Unique historical, socioeconomic, and political conditions have created a distinctive path for China's rapid integration of computing and technology into its economy and society.

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in China

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

In addition to government-supported academic research, China's technical giants, such as Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and Huawei, are actively investing in AI research and related development.

Quantum Communication at 7,600km and Beyond

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

There are two major challenges to achieving secure quantum cryptography over long distances.

China's Computing Ambitions

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00

China plans to become the world's high-tech leader, and quickly.

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