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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.


Why Ball Tracking Works For Tennis and Cricket but Not Soccer or Basketball
From ACM TechNews

Why Ball Tracking Works For Tennis and Cricket but Not Soccer or Basketball

Tracking balls in some sports--such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer--is significantly harder for machine-vision algorithms than it is in other sports. 

The Machine-Vision Algorithm For Analyzing Children's Drawings
From ACM TechNews

The Machine-Vision Algorithm For Analyzing Children's Drawings

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed a machine-vision algorithm that can objectively analyze children's drawings. ...

Machine Vision Algorithm Learns to Recognize Hidden Facial Expressions
From ACM TechNews

Machine Vision Algorithm Learns to Recognize Hidden Facial Expressions

A new machine-vision algorithm can detect and identify microexpressions better than humans can.

Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns
From ACM News

Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns

Artificial intelligence is a field in the midst of rapid, exciting change. That's largely because of an improved understanding of how neural networks work and the...

To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife
From ACM Careers

To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife

Phil Kennedy no longer saw any other way to get the data.

Google Tries to Make Machine Learning a Little More Human
From ACM TechNews

Google Tries to Make Machine Learning a Little More Human

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says advances in machine learning would soon affect every product and service the company provides.

You Can Now 3D Print a Toupee
From ACM TechNews

You Can Now 3D Print a Toupee

Owners of three-dimensional printers will be able to fabricate plastic hair using a method developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos
From ACM News

Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emojis with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search...

Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities
From ACM News

Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities

Enthusiastic Tesla owners cheered last Wednesday when the company enabled the use of an automated driving system, called Autopilot, in its Model S all-electric...

Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals
From ACM News

Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio say they’ve used electronics to get around a paralyzed man's spinal injury, permitting him to use an implant...

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill
From ACM News

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

When it comes to automotive technology, self-driving cars are all the rage.

A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells
From ACM News

A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells

The behavior and interplay of two types of neurons in the brain helps give humans and other animals an uncanny ability to navigate by building a mental map of their...

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip
From ACM News

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip

In August last year, IBM unveiled a chip designed to operate something like the neurons and synapses of the brain (see "IBM Chip Process Data Similar to the Way...

An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely
From ACM News

An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely

At a major robotics competition held in June, several multi-million-dollar robots struggled to perform even simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs; someimpeccable...

Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality
From ACM News

Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality

Augmented or mixed reality, which renders virtual images in a view of the real world, can be spectacular to experience. But it may be even more fun when you bring...

A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain
From ACM News

A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain

When Emad Eskandar talks about one of his neurosurgery patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, he's not talking about someone who arranges his record collection...

Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing
From ACM TechNews

Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing

The University of Maryland's Autonomy, Robotics, and Cognition Lab is developing robots that can learn how to do a new job by watching others do it first. 

Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing
From ACM News

Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing

It can take weeks to reprogram an industrial robot to perform a complicated new task, which makes retooling a modern manufacturing line painfully expensive and...

Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza
From ACM News

Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza

When NASA scientists announced that instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sensed signs of liquid water seeping on the Martian surface, they meant a solution...

Fighting Isis Online
From ACM Opinion

Fighting Isis Online

The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.
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