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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Academia . . .
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Academia . . .

Aria Haghighi, an award-winning natural language processing researcher, describes his trek from a tenure-track faculty job at UMass-Amherst to his decision to leave...

Microsoft Research, New York City
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Microsoft Research, New York City

Yahoo! laid off people. Unlike every previous time there have been layoffs, this is serious for Yahoo! Research.

Judea Pearl Wins 2011 ACM Turing Award
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Judea Pearl Wins 2011 ACM Turing Award

Judea Pearl, professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the winner of the 2011 ACM A.M. Turing Award.  

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John McCarthy

The contributions and personality of John McCarthy, one of the pioneers of computer science.

Research Directions For Machine Learning and Algorithms
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Research Directions For Machine Learning and Algorithms

An in-depth discussion of near-term research directions for machine learning and algorithms.

Embracing Noise or Why Computer Scientists Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Errors
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Embracing Noise or Why Computer Scientists Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Errors

Precision is not required in everything or even most things.  Failures are best handled by expecting them all the time, not treating them as exceptions.  We should...

Intellectual Amplification via Computing
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Intellectual Amplification via Computing

As the recent performance of IBM's Watson system on the game show Jeopardy! illustrated, the combination of large-scale data, rich algorithm suites and powerful...

Barbara Liskov Keynote Grace Hopper Conference
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Barbara Liskov Keynote Grace Hopper Conference

In her Grace Hopper keynote talk, Barbar Liskov reflected on her research journey and the work for which she was given the Turing Award.

Better Game Playing ­Using Parallel Algorithms
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Better Game Playing ­Using Parallel Algorithms

Innovations in playing the game "Go" using Monte Carlo Tree Search and parallel algorithms.

Choosing Successful Research
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Choosing Successful Research

How to choose research projects that are more likely to be successful.

Robots After Roomba: The Ethics of Electronic Companions
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Robots After Roomba: The Ethics of Electronic Companions

As robots become woven into the fabric of daily life, what ethical issues will the world face?

CHI 2010: ­User Interfaces Learn a Thing or Two
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CHI 2010: ­User Interfaces Learn a Thing or Two

The 2010 conference in Human Factors in Computing Systems has seen a noticeable uptick in projects on and engagement with machine learning.

The Rise of the External Brain
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The Rise of the External Brain

From an entirely unexpected source, we begin to realize the dream of an external brain that supplements our knowledge, wisdom, and memories.

Student Research Competition at Grace Hopper
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Student Research Competition at Grace Hopper

Highlights of the top six posters/presentations at the Student Research Competition

The Biggest Gains Come From Knowing Your Data
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The Biggest Gains Come From Knowing Your Data

Throwing an off-the-shelf machine learning package at your data can get you started, but the biggest gains come when you learn about your data and your customers...

Cornell Economist Says Disaster Relief Workers Need AI Tools
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Cornell Economist Says Disaster Relief Workers Need AI Tools

 Economist Christopher B. Barrett has been developing decision trees to help CARE relief workers analyze conditions in disaster zones. They need more efficient...

Robotics in South America
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Robotics in South America

Webopedia defines robotics as: The field of computer science and engineering concerned with creating robots, devices that can move and react to sensory input. Robotics...

Hello, Computer
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Hello, Computer

Reflections on the present and future of speech-based interfaces.

What To Do With Those Idle Cores?
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What To Do With Those Idle Cores?

So many processors on our desktops.  Four cores, eight cores, soon we will see hundreds of cores.  Almost all of them are going to be idle most of the time.  If...

The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment
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The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment

We rarely talk about computers as "Electronic Brains" or "Thinking Machines." That seems presumptuous or audacious today.  Maybe that's exactly what we need to...
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