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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Driverless-Vehicle Options Now Include Scooters
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Driverless-Vehicle Options Now Include Scooters

Researchers have developed an autonomous mobility scooter using the same sensor configuration and software used in previous trials of autonomous cars and golf carts...

Finding Patterns in Corrupted Data
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Finding Patterns in Corrupted Data

A new set of algorithms developed is capable of efficiently model-fitting probability distributions to high-dimensional data.

Electric Motors Find New Roles in Robots, Ships, Cars, and Microgrids
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Electric Motors Find New Roles in Robots, Ships, Cars, and Microgrids

About 40% of electric power generated is used to drive motors, and that figure is expected to grow.

Automating Big-Data Analysis
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Automating Big-Data Analysis

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an approach to automating most of the process of big data analysis.

Algorithm Connects Students to the Most Interesting Person They've Never Met
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Algorithm Connects Students to the Most Interesting Person They've Never Met

MIT graduate students Mohammad Ghassemi and Tuka Al-Hanai began MIT Connect, a platform that matches participants for face-to-face lunch meetings based on background...

3D-Printed Robots With Shock-Absorbing Skins
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3D-Printed Robots With Shock-Absorbing Skins

Researchers have developed a new technique for three-dimensionally printing soft materials.

Students' Web App Seeks to Simplify, Modernize Voter Registration
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Students' Web App Seeks to Simplify, Modernize Voter Registration

Votemate is a new Web application that could make it easier for people to confirm they are registered to vote.  

Automated Screening For Childhood Communication Disorders
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Automated Screening For Childhood Communication Disorders

Researchers have used machine learning to develop a computer system that can automatically screen young children for speech and language disorders.  

An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam
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An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions to test a fleet of autonomous boats.

Media Lab Conference Addresses Gender Bias, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM
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Media Lab Conference Addresses Gender Bias, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith has called for a push against implicit gender bias and for greater diversity and racial equity in technology disciplines...

How Machine Learning Can Help With Voice Disorders
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How Machine Learning Can Help With Voice Disorders

A new diagnostic approach using machine learning could help detect speech disorders exacerbated by vocal misuse.

Inferring Urban Travel Patterns From Cellphone Data
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Inferring Urban Travel Patterns From Cellphone Data

A new computational system can use cellphone location data to infer urban mobility patterns.

What's Wasting Power at Home? Ask Your App!
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What's Wasting Power at Home? Ask Your App!

New technology could make it much easier for consumers to accurately determine how much power is being consumed by each device in their home.

Portable Device Produces Biopharmaceuticals on Demand
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Portable Device Produces Biopharmaceuticals on Demand

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has funded the development of a portable on-demand biopharmaceutical production system.

First Major Database of Non-Native English
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First Major Database of Non-Native English

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have issued the first major database of fully annotated English sentences written by non-native English...

New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale
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New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale

Researchers have demonstrated a display on which audiences can watch three-dimensional films in a movie theater without additional eyewear.

Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli
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Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have used synthetic biology to program cells to remember and respond to a series of events.

Robert Fano, Computing Pioneer and Founder of Csail, Dies at 98
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Robert Fano, Computing Pioneer and Founder of Csail, Dies at 98

A professor emeritus helped launch field of information theory and developed early time-sharing computers.

How to Stay Anonymous Online
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How to Stay Anonymous Online

Anonymity networks protect people living under repressive regimes from surveillance of their Internet use. But the recent discovery of vulnerabilities in the most...

We Know Where You Live
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We Know Where You Live

Researchers have demonstrated that snoopers armed with little sophisticated technology can expose the home and workplace addresses of Twitter users. 
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