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Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed
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Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have developed a new method for systematically identifying bugs in aircraft collision avoidance...

Simpler Language Allows Non-Experts to Program Wireless Sensor Networks
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Simpler Language Allows Non-Experts to Program Wireless Sensor Networks

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University have developed a programming language for wireless sensor networks that will enable non-computer...

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Tools Enhance Real-World Apps: Call in the Tele-Shrink

European researchers have developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication. Intriguing...

Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces
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Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces

Humans recognize faces by organizing facial features such as eyebrows, eyes, and lips into horizontal lines of information, say Dr. Steven Dakin of the University...

Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves
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Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves

Technology companies are embracing self-healing technology, a computing strategy that could have a major impact on the data center and the desktop. IBM uses self...

Nominations Open For Marie R. Pistilli Eda Achievement Award
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Nominations Open For Marie R. Pistilli Eda Achievement Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award, which is named after the former...

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Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Rogue Traders

The University of Sunderland's Computerized Analysis of Stocks and Shares for Novelty Detection of Radical Activities (CASSANDRA) project is developing a software...

From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computers Will Require Complex Software to Manage Errors

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) theorists have demonstrated that a type of software operation, believed to be a solution to the fundamental...

From ACM TechNews

Carnegie Mellon to Oversee IBM Smart Grid Model

The Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, which is composed of IBM and several utility companies, has passed control of their Smart Grid Maturity Model...

Internet of Things Plays With Hand of Aces
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Internet of Things Plays With Hand of Aces

European researchers have created new software components called Autonomic Communication Elements (ACEs) which can be combined to create services for any type of...

Darpa Awards $16 Million to Rice University to Improve Compilers
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Darpa Awards $16 Million to Rice University to Improve Compilers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Rice University $16 million to develop a new set of tools that can improve the performance of...

From ACM TechNews

Hpc Experts Meet to Discuss Fault Tolerance

At the Fault Tolerance for Extreme Scalability Workshop, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure's Blue Waters and TeraGrid...

World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work
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World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work

The new Fujitsu FX1 supercomputer in Japan has a peak performance of 110.6 teraflops, making it the most powerful machine in Japan and the most efficient supercomputer...

25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year
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25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year

The free and open source software community is hotly anticipating a large number of new releases this year, including an upgrade to Mozilla's Firefox browser that...

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Behind the Scenes at Gmail Labs

Google's Gmail Labs is constantly developing new features and applications, and while many of the projects and releases may appear to be casual or random, the Lab's...

From ACM TechNews

Methodology Lowers Embedded Systems Development Costs

Research institutions in Europe have created a uniform methodology for developing embedded systems that lowers costs and improves quality. The methodology includes...

'parallel Revolution' Speech Offered Via Live Video Feed
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'parallel Revolution' Speech Offered Via Live Video Feed

David A. Patterson, former ACM President and Director of University of California, Berkeley's Parallel Computing Laboratory and the UC Berkeley Reliable Adaptive...

Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene
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Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene

Texas A&M University lab's Robin Murphy (pictured) and colleagues have developed RubbleViewer, a tool for modeling a disaster scene that they say is more efficient...

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Move Over, Newton: Scientifically Ignorant Computer Derives Natural Laws From Raw Data

Cornell University researchers have developed an algorithm that can identify regularities in the natural world that represent natural laws. The researchers tested...

Hp, Ibm Labs Straddle Present and Future Technologies
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Hp, Ibm Labs Straddle Present and Future Technologies

Both IBM's Almaden Research Center and Hewlett-Packard Labs are focused on promoting their companies' core businesses and investigating emerging technologies....
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