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Milner Award and Lecture

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:01
Announcing the Milner Award Medallist 2018.

Code @ TACC Robotics Camp Delivers on Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:00

The Texas Advanced Computing Center last month hosted a week-long summer camp during which 34 students received instruction from five staff scientists and two guest high school teachers.

These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:35

Just before Stefan Seltz-Axmacher offers a job to an engineer at Starsky Robotics Inc., a driverless trucking startup in San Francisco, he gives them the talk.

High School Girls Learn 'Virtuous Hacking' in Computer Science Program

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:42

Forty-five high school girls are tackling programming, virtuous hacking, and digital forensics at New York University's Computer Science for Cyber Security program.

Coding in Schools as New Vocationalism: Larry Cuban on What Schools are For

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 09:16

 What are schools for, and is coding a necessary part of that?

A Computer Science Legacy Extends 70 Years

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:32

Valerie Barr has been selected the first person to hold the Jean E. Sammet Chair in Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College.

Filling the Science Communication Gap

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:56

Two English professors have co-edited a book they hope will make science communication easier for instructors, and their students, to teach and learn.

US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:58

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials.

President of ACM Awarded Honorary Degree

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 08:53

World-leading computer scientist professor Vicki Hanson has been awarded an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Tehran have developed Surena Mini, a small robot with a 3D-printed body, articulated limbs, and a round head with two camera-eyes. 

Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:43

The US mathematician and electrical engineer Claude Shannon, whose life spanned the tumultuous, technologically explosive twentieth century, is often called the father of information theory.

Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:35

In the months since Donald Trump took office, Washington has been leaking like a sieve.

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:21

As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students' shopping wish lists: a laptop computer.

11,000 Girls Compete in International Mobile App Challenge

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:00

Girls ages 10-18 from around the world are competing in the Technovation Challenge, a global effort to learn and apply technology to try to solve problems in their communities.

Students Are Better Off Without a Laptop in the Classroom

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:12

Although computer use during class may create the illusion of enhanced engagement with course content, it more often reflects engagement with social media, YouTube videos, instant messaging, and other nonacademic content.

U.S. Institutions Awarded the Most Doctorates Ever Recorded in 2015

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:43

Over a 20-year span, the number of women receiving doctorates in science and engineering at U.S. institutions increased by 93 percent, and the number receiving Ph.D.s in computer and information sciences increased 92 percent. 

California Moves to Expand K-12 Computer Science Instruction

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:00

California's 2017-2018 state budget includes funding for initiatives to broaden K-12 student access to computer science coursework and instruction.

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:08

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

The President of Search Giant Baidu Has Global Plans

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:42

Google and Facebook are household names around the world. Baidu? Not yet. Ya-Qin Zhang, president of China's leading search business, says Chinese companies can become worldwide Internet powerhouses too.

UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

The University of California, Santa Cruz has launched a new data science research center that provides a platform for collaboration between industry and academia in the data science space.