COLUMN: Editorial pointers
DEPARTMENT: News track
COLUMN: The profession of IT
Technology won't solve information overload. New commitment management practices will.
COLUMN: Staying connected
New product cycles powered by R&D are just what the economy ordered.
COLUMN: On site
Immersed in a time warp, space is constantly being redefined.
SPECIAL ISSUE: Robots: intelligence, versatility, adaptivity
Expect robots to function on their own with people and each other under whichever environmental conditions they happen to find themselves.
The future promises lots of robots in our everyday lives; some, perhaps many, of them could look and behave like people but only if being humanoid represents a technological advantage over their relatively utilitarian counterparts …
Mimicking the adaptability of living biological cells, robot modules will reconfigure themselves toward a common purpose within the limits imposed by the local environment.
As applications of robots extend into everyday human life, new approaches to simulating interactions between them and their environments are emerging at the intersection of the physical and virtual worlds.
Planning and navigation algorithms exploit statistics gleaned from uncertain, imperfect real-world environments to guide robots toward their goals and around obstacles.
Competing teams of autonomous robot soccer players illustrate the challenges, pleasures, and promise of developing collaborative multi-robot applications.
Navigating the maze of options and providing a link between product customization and e-commerce.
Keeping the focus on what is being produced.
Mobile phones help manage and grant instant access to users' dispersed social networks but risk violating the age-old social conventions of face-to-face relationships.
A society of intelligent agents can work together to monitor financial transactions and yield important information regarding potential financial calamities.
COLUMN: Technical opinion
New computing paradigms present serious challenges for system architecture.
COLUMN: Inside risks