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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.

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. 

As CS50 Expanded, Course Materials Became More Publicly Available

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:19

The enormous online popularity of Harvard's popular CS50 class made it easy for enrollees to find answers to problem sets on the Internet, potentially facilitating cheating in the course, according to some CS50 staffers.

Eric Schmidt Discusses Computing, AI, and the Future of Technology

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 09:59

Self-driving cars, the state of computer science research, artificial intelligence, and other topics were all on the table when MIT' CSAIL hosted Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt for a conversation with CSAIL Director Daniela Rus.

Planetariums, Not Just for Kids

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 18:45

Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer serious scientists.

Possible Cheating Uncovered in Popular Harvard Computer Class

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:32

Multiple Harvard students, possibly more than 60, have been suspected of cheating in the wildly popular CS50 computer science course and had their cases referred to the college's Honor Council, a step that can lead to expulsion in the most extreme cases.

How to Prepare for an Automated Future

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:37

We don't know how quickly machines will displace people's jobs, or how many they'll take, but we know it's happening—not just to factory workers but also to money managersdermatologists and retail workers.

Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:11

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small fortune—to start a company.

Computer Scientists Have Created the Most Accurate Digital Model of a Human Face

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Imperial College London researchers have automated the generation of three-dimensional morphable models used to represent human faces.

Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:22

A philosopher who believed humans will always be smarter.

Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:09

What if part of your job became teaching a computer everything you know about doing someone's job—perhaps your own?

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:30

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who was responsible.

Software Startups Aim to Automate Bio Labs

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:09

Earlier this month, major tech consulting company Cambridge Consultants announced a partnership with Synthace, a small, U.K.-based software startup.

The US Takes On the World in NATO's Cyber War Games

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:49

Last year, Capt. Sean Ruddy and his team of operator-soldiers from the US Cyber Brigade entered a Locked Shields, a NATO-organized cyber-defense war game that pits teams from dozens of countries against "live-fire" attacks.

Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Address Challenges in Teaching Computer Science

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

Using a "boot camp" workshop for new faculty orientation.

Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Dddress Challenges in Teaching Computer Science

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

Using a "boot camp" workshop for new faculty orientation.

Next List 2017 20 Tech Visionaries Who Are Creating the Future

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:22

Microsoft will build computers even more sleek and beautiful than Apple's. Robots will 3-D-print cool shoes that are personalized just for you.

Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00

Rice University professor and ACM Fellow Lydia Kavraki will receive this year's ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

Can Early Experiences With Computers, Robots Increase STEM Interest Among Young Girls?

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:55

Incorporating more programming activities in the classroom or at home may ignite and sustain girls' interest in technology and boost confidence in their abilities, a University of Washington study found.

CUNY Tutor Program Highlights Math, CS Careers to NYC Students

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:25

A City University of New York program helps public school students learn science and math, and provides them with role models.