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Video Game Experience or Gender May Improve VR Learning
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Video Game Experience or Gender May Improve VR Learning

Students using immersive virtual reality did not learn significantly better than those who used computer-simulated or hands-on learning methods, according to a...

How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread
From ACM TechNews

How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread

A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is one of several dozen teams enlisted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to adapt their annual...

Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by Two Trailblazers of Probability, Dynamics
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Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by Two Trailblazers of Probability, Dynamics

Hillel Furstenberg of Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Yale University's Gregory Margulis share this year's Abel Prize in mathematics for trailblazing...

Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students
From ACM TechNews

Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students

Some education experts think robots can help disadvantaged children.

Speak Math, Not Code
From ACM News

Speak Math, Not Code

Lamport said thinking mathematically can help programmers clarify their thinking and make programs more efficient.

How One University Is Attracting Women to Computer Science
From ACM News

How One University Is Attracting Women to Computer Science

The percentage of women enrolling and graduating in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University has exceeded national averages for many years.

Carbonell Pioneered Use of Computers for Translation
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Carbonell Pioneered Use of Computers for Translation

The Distinguished Professor founded Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute.

How to Stop an Iceberg in Its Tracks
From ACM TechNews

How to Stop an Iceberg in Its Tracks

Researchers used a small robot to generate detailed three-dimensional maps of icebergs in Greenland's Sermilik Fjord.

NeurIPS Requires AI Researchers to Account for Societal Impact and Financial Conflicts of Interest
From ACM News

NeurIPS Requires AI Researchers to Account for Societal Impact and Financial Conflicts of Interest

"The norms around the societal consequences statements are not yet well established," NeurIPS 2020 communications chair Michael Littman said. "We expect them to...

Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?
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Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?

Supporters say coding know-how is good for students in an increasingly digital world. Opponents say public schools shouldn't serve as job-training sites for tech...

Across the Language Barrier
From Communications of the ACM

Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind
From Communications of the ACM

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind

Wake steering can help ever-larger turbines work together more efficiently on wind farms.

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge
From ACM TechNews

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have...

$1.3M in State Funding to Support Virginia's CS SOLs
From ACM TechNews

$1.3M in State Funding to Support Virginia's CS SOLs

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said his state is providing more than $1.3 million in grants to school systems to help prepare students for Virginia's Computer Science...

Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020
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Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020

A survey by recruitment firm Harvey Nash found half of 1,200 technology professionals in the U.K. would like to switch jobs in 2020, with salary and work-life balance...

The High Cost of a Free Coding Bootcamp
From ACM News

The High Cost of a Free Coding Bootcamp

Students at Lambda School say the program hasn't delivered on its promise.

Google, LinkedIn, Others Send Employees Into New York Classrooms
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Google, LinkedIn, Others Send Employees Into New York Classrooms

Tech companies with offices in New York City—including Google, LinkedIn, and Spotify—are sending employees to teach 22 computer science courses at the City University...

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning
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Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning

Researchers have spent six years to improve the printing accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) printing software by 50% or more. 

Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help
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Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help

A new artificial intelligence model can predict the extent of students' absorption of knowledge via educational gameplay.

How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias
From ACM TechNews

How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias

AI has proven to magnify the prejudices that skew human decision making against women and ethnic minorities.
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