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San Francisco Program Trains Homeless for Tech Jobs

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:00

A formerly homeless man has created a nonprofit organization to combat homelessness in San Francisco by teaching needy individuals the skills needed to work in technology firms.

Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 14:50

You've probably heard that we're in the midst of an A.I. revolution.

Oregon Schools to Receive Federal Grant Funds to Boost Computer Science Education

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:51

Schools in three Oregon counties will use a federal grant to help high school students in Career Technical Education programs transition to post-secondary education and employment.

A Tale of Two CTs (and a Revised Timeline for Computational Thinking)

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 13:17

Rethinking the timeline of Computational Thinking to recognize several computer scientists in addition to Jeannette Wing.

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00

Many U.S. colleges and universities are investing in and expanding artificial intelligence education, confronting new challenges for teaching the discipline.

English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 15:25

For centuries, science was a multilingual affair, powered by French, German, English and other tongues. But since the early 1970s, English has become the undisputed lingua franca of scientific papers, conferences, and discourse.

UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:00

The University of California, Berkeley's introduction to data science course is the fastest-growing class on campus.

With Student Interest Soaring, UC Berkeley Creates New Data-Sciences Division

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 10:54

The University of California at Berkeley announced a new Division of Data Science and Information, a program change that helps secure the university's status as a top data-science research and training hub.

Imperial College To Offer Live Lectures Via Hologram

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 09:58

Students at Imperial College Business School will have access to live lectures delivered via hologram during the current 2018/19 academic year.

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.


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.