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February 2014


From XRDS

XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students Volume 20 Issue 3, Spring 2014

XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students Volume 20 Issue 3, Spring 2014


From XRDS

Enriching your network via diversity

Enriching your network via diversity

Inbal Talgam-Cohen


From XRDS

Tweet tweet!

Tweet tweet!

Peter Kinnaird


From XRDS

Cyber-physical systems

Cyber-physical systems

Haining Mo, Neeti Sharad Wagle, Michael Zuba


From XRDS

Team players: How to be a good one

Team players: How to be a good one

Vaggelis Giannikas


From XRDS

Defending students from cyber crime: a hands on approach

Defending students from cyber crime: a hands on approach

Michael Zuba


From XRDS

Getting a job at Box: five tips you won't learn in school

Getting a job at Box: five tips you won't learn in school

Tomas Barreto


From XRDS

Seismic activity

Seismic activity

Jay Patel


From XRDS

Ultra-efficiency via sublinearity

Ultra-efficiency via sublinearity

Samira DarukiThe XRDS blog highlights a range of topics from security and privacy to neuroscience. Selected blog posts, edited for print, will be featured in every issue. Please visit xrds.acm.org/blog to read each post in its…


From XRDS

On domain-specific languages usage (why DLSs really matter)

On domain-specific languages usage (why DLSs really matter)

Vassilios Karakoidas


From XRDS

Storm-chasing drones

Storm-chasing drones

Eric FrewUnmanned aircraft systems. Aerial robots. Drones. Regardless of the name, this new technology is being developed to revolutionize the sampling and understanding of complex atmospheric phenomena.


From XRDS

Feeding a hungry world: the potential for unmanned aircraft systems

Feeding a hungry world: the potential for unmanned aircraft systems

Wayne Woldt, Eric Frew, George MeyerThe fusion of next generation sensors and advanced information systems, combined with advances in unmanned aircraft systems that have emerged through aerospace engineering technologies, will…


From XRDS

Journalism with flying robots

Journalism with flying robots

Matt WaiteThe use of unmanned aerial drones will revolutionize news reporting, but many issues need to be resolved before things can really take off.


From XRDS

Connecting with oceans using underwater acoustic networks

Connecting with oceans using underwater acoustic networks

Michael ZubaOceans cover a majority of our planet and are currently lacking in regards to exploration and technological innovations. One technology that can help enable more aquatic applications is underwater acoustic networks…


From XRDS

A dexterous crabster robot explores the seafloor

A dexterous crabster robot explores the seafloor

Bong-Huan Jun, Hyungwon ShimCrabster CR200 is a giant crab robot with six legs and 30 powerful joints developed at the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering. The robot can help explore ancient shipwrecks in…


From XRDS

A high-speed, real-time mobile gait rehabilitation system

A high-speed, real-time mobile gait rehabilitation system

Wenlong Zhang, Yi-Hung Wei, Quan Leng, Song HanCombining advanced technologies in real-time wireless communication, control theory, sensor and actuator design, and rehabilitation science.


From XRDS

Networking vehicles for safety: embedding cyber networks in physical networks

Networking vehicles for safety: embedding cyber networks in physical networks

Yaser P. FallahA cyber-physical systems perspective on the design of vehicular networking solutions for safer and greener transportation.


From XRDS

Composing on-demand intelligent PHYsical layers

Composing on-demand intelligent PHYsical layers

Aveek Dutta, Dola SahaIn the future, our radio devices will adapt to deal with new types of signals. The challenge is to describe those signals so that devices can learn from one another and communicate.


From XRDS

Profile Benjamin Cichy: writing code to run on Mars

Profile Benjamin Cichy: writing code to run on Mars

Adrian Scoică


From XRDS

NICTA ATP lab: Eveleigh, Sydney, Australia

NICTA ATP lab: Eveleigh, Sydney, Australia

Yan Shvartzshnaider


From XRDS

Satellite navigation

Satellite navigation

Finn Kuusisto


From XRDS

Efficient sensor placement for environmental monitoring

Efficient sensor placement for environmental monitoring

Marinka Zitnik


From The Eponymous Pickle

SXSW Accelerator Finalists in Big Data and Beyond

SXSW Accelerator Finalists in Big Data and Beyond

Thought provocative SXSW accelerator finalists. In particular the big data in the enterprise section, but more beyond that.  " ... For the 2014 SXSW Accelerator pitch competition presented by Oracle, more than 500 web-based companies…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Bobtail Squid Photos

Friday Squid Blogging: Bobtail Squid Photos

Pretty.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Administration Launches Big Data and Privacy Review

Administration Launches Big Data and Privacy Review

As part of the government response to public concerns over national security surveillance programs, the President announced in January that there would be a review of government activity related to the collection and use of ‘Big…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture: AP Computer Science Principles

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture: AP Computer Science Principles

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11:00 am (EST) by Owen Astrachan and …


From Schneier on Security

NEBULA: NSA Exploit of the Day

NEBULA: NSA Exploit of the Day

Today's item from the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group implant catalog:

NEBULA (S//SI//FVEY) Multi-Protocol macro-class Network-In-a-Box (NIB) system. Leverages the existing Typhon GUI and supports GSM, UMTS, CDMA2000…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Consumer Segments Say

What Consumer Segments Say

Regrettably presented as an infographic, but an interesting view of consumer segmentation.  Points through to a white paper that requires registration.  " .... The white paper provides critical insights by exploring the attitudes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trade Marking Simple English Phrases

Trade Marking Simple English Phrases

Can you trademark a phrase?  To the extent to which you are willing to sue.  In Language Log.  A list of phrases and their defenders. Here the defenders are promoters of higher learning.   Language trolling that is a waste of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

In McKinsey:  Some interesting views on manufacturing. " ...  A Video: Shaping the future of manufacturing  ... Advances in technology are allowing companies to rethink how and where goods are made. This series examines how manufacturing…

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