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NASA Challenges Coders to Speed Up Its Supercomputer

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has issued a challenge to programmers to boost the performance of its Pleiades supercomputer.

Inquisitive Bot Asks Questions to Test Your Understanding

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have developed an artificial intelligence system that has learned to ask questions of its own.

Computers That Can Smell

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:00

Eighteen teams participated in a competition to develop algorithms that can estimate how humans will perceive a particular odor from its molecular properties.

Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:39

Most robots are programmed using one of two methods: learning from demonstration, in which they watch a task being done and then replicate it, or via motion-planning techniques such as optimization or sampling, which require a programmer to explicitly specify a task's goals and constraints.

Satellite Images Reveal Gaps in Global Population Data

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 15:07

Nigerian health officials won't have to rely on flawed, decade-old census data when they plan deliveries of the measles vaccine next year.

Internet of Things Sensors Could Connect via Ambient Radio Waves

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:00

A new ultra-low-power system of sensors can transmit data to a central receiver by reflecting the ambient radio waves already in office environments.

Device Allows Users to Manipulate 3D Virtual Objects More Quickly

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:00

CAPTIVE is an inexpensive controller for manipulating virtual objects in a computer program in three dimensions.

UCI CalTeach and ICS Partner With Google to Train Computer Science Teachers

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:00

A new partnership aims to address the shortage of computer science teachers by developing a training program for pre-service math and science educators.

Computers Tell Smart City Lights What to Do

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:42

Onboard sensors often tell a luminaire to change settings, but sometimes the instructions come from entirely different sources, like IBM's Watson.

Jennifer Rexford Announced As 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:06

The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves with outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring, as well as those who recruit, encourage, and promote women and minorities in computing fields.

Geniuses Wanted: NASA Challenges Coders to Speed Up Its Supercomputer

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 16:27

To improve the performance of one of the world's biggest supercomputers, NASA is crowdsourcing some new ideas about an old coding language. And there are cash prizes to be had, totaling up to $55,000.

Pocket Laboratories

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 14:17

As spring turns to summer along the east coast of the United States, thoughts turn to holidays, beaches, picnics—and mosquitoes.

NASA Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 14:05

As it drives uphill from a band of rippled sand dunes, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is toting a fistful of dark sand for onboard analysis that will complete the rover's investigation of those dunes.

In Memoriam Harry D. Huskey 1916-2017

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 13:06

Huskey's work included building innovative hardware and novel software, and educating computer scientists worldwide. 

Could a Doodle Replace Your Password?

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed an identity input method which could replace smartphone passwords with patterns drawn by the user on the device's touchscreen.

PowerPoint & LED Projector Enable New Technique for Self-Folding Origami

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are using PowerPoint slides to generate self-folding three-dimensional origami structures from photocurable liquid polymers.

NVIDIA Lets You Peer Inside the Black Box of Its Self-Driving AI

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00

NVIDIA researchers have developed a neural network for autonomous driving that emphasizes what areas it is focusing on in a video image.

Dartmouth-Led Team Develops Smartwatch With All The Moves

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00

Cito is a prototype smartwatch face that moves in five directions.

Does My Algorithm Work? There's No Shortcut for Community Detection

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00

New research questions the validity of the community-detection algorithm testing model.

Red Light, Green Light Invention Prevents Work Interruptions

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00

FlowLight is a desk light that automatically switches from green to red when a user should not be disturbed by co-workers.