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Building Tomorrow's Robots

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:17

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and grasp small objects.

Team Aims to Turn Computer Systems into Digital Detectives

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:06

An international team of scientists are developing algorithms to extract the most useful information from multi-modal data in order to teach a computer system to "think" like a digital Sherlock Holmes.

Report Proposes Learning Tech Inequality Solutions

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 09:53

Free and open technologies do not democratize education, though strategies exist to combat educational inequity and should be replicated, says a new report.

Butterfly Effect

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

But, like the weather, what can anyone do about it?

Technical Perspective: Solving Imperfect Information Games

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

"Heads-Up Limit Hold'em Poker Is Solved," by Michael Bowling, et al., takes the counterfactual regret minimization method for approximating a Nash equilibrium to the next level.

Heads-Up Limit Hold'em Poker Is Solved

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

This paper is an extended version of our original 2015 Science article, with additional results showing Cepheus' in-game performance against computer and human opponents.

Healthcare Robotics

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Healthcare robotics can provide health and wellness support to billions of people.

User Reviews of Top Mobile Apps in Apple and Google App Stores

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

The varying review dynamics seen in different app stores can help guide future app development strategies.

Breadth and Depth

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

We all wear many hats, but make sure you have one that fits well.

Is There a Single Method for the Internet of Things?

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Essence can keep software development for the IoT from becoming unwieldy.

Pay What You Want as a Pricing Model for Open Access Publishing?

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Analyzing the "Pay What You Want" business model for open access publishing.

Keeping the Machinery in Computing Education

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Incorporating intellectual and developmental frameworks into a Scottish school curriculum.

Engaging the Ethics of Data Science in Practice

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Seeking more common ground between data scientists and their critics.

Disgorging Profits in Design Patent Cases

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Does the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Apple v. Samsung case represent a quagmire?

Censoring Sensors

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Amid growing outcry over controversial online videos, tech firms grapple with how best to police online advertising.

Overcoming Disabilities

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Brain-computer interfaces hold the promise of fully featured replacements for body parts that don't work or are missing.

Would Turing Have Won the Turing Award?

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Today, Alan Turing is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding scientists of the 20th century, but that was not the case in 1966. The question, therefore, can be posed as follows: Would Turing have won the Turing Award?

Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

This is the fifth year of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum and it continues to be a highlight of the year for me and for about 250 others who participate. This year, computer science was heavily represented.

Highlights of the ACM Student Research Competition

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:00

Since 2003, ACM in conjunction with Microsoft have sponsored research competitions for undergraduate and graduate students in computing. The following process is used to select SRC winners.

Learning to Spot Fake News: Start with a Gut Check

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:15

Which of these statements seems more trustworthy to you?