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RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge
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RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge

RIT researchers took the top prize in Facebook Research's OpenEDS Challenge for developing a real-time eye-tracking technique.

Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions
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Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions

Robots can learn techniques supportive of teachers in classrooms in only three hours, according to researchers at the universities of Plymouth, Lincoln, and the...

Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison
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Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison

About 20 inmates at Michigan's Parnall Correctional Facility have been learning the basics of front-end Web design for the last two months through a program provided...

Geoffrey Charles Fox Recognized with 2019 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award
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Geoffrey Charles Fox Recognized with 2019 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award

Fox was recognized for "foundational contributions to parallel computing methodology, algorithms and software, data analysis, and their interface with broad classes...

This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply
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This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply

Because the method you learned in middle school is ridiculously slow.

California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System
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California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

California has launched the first statewide earthquake warning system in the U.S.

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies
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Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies

Across Europe, some of the world's oldest universities are intensifying efforts to get promising technologies out of their labs and into commercial use.

La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR
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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University will swap out textbooks for augmented reality and virtual reality to teach anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot program.

Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good
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Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good

U.S. teenagers are forming hacking clubs and attempting to persuade their parents and teachers that hacking is not necessarily a malign vocation.

Women in STEM: No Simple Answers
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Women in STEM: No Simple Answers

National averages of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions vary greatly, for many reasons.

Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars
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Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars

Amazon Web Services developed the DeepRacer League, a competition designed to teach a branch of artificial intelligence known as reinforcement learning.

The CS Teacher Shortage
From Communications of the ACM

The CS Teacher Shortage

How can we fill more computer science classrooms when there just aren't enough teachers to go around?

Aristotle Award Presentation TECHCON 2019
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Aristotle Award Presentation TECHCON 2019

The Aristotle Award was initiated in 1995 to recognize professors who best contribute to the development of the industry's most valuable resource, its human resource...

Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award
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Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award

Mark Braverman is the third theoretical scientist in a decade to be honored with the Waterman Award.

Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'
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Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'

School of Code is a U.K.-based startup that offers 15 weeks of free training at a "boot camp" for computer programming.

States Boost Computer Science Education Efforts
From ACM TechNews

States Boost Computer Science Education Efforts

A new study found that only 45% of U.S. high schools offer classes in computer science, and that girls and minorities are underrepresented in those classes.

One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems
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One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems

A cybersecurity audit found 21% of 430 U.K. schools had their computers, networks, or servers hacked by students.

Schools Pushed for Tech in Every Classroom. Now Parents Are Pushing Back.
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Schools Pushed for Tech in Every Classroom. Now Parents Are Pushing Back.

U.S. schools have made huge technology investments in the last 10 years, but now parents and educators question whether the effect of technology on education has...

Why Mastercard Is Betting on Middle School Girls to Detect Cyberthreats
From ACM TechNews

Why Mastercard Is Betting on Middle School Girls to Detect Cyberthreats

Mastercard's Girls4Tech program aims to inspire middle school girls worldwide to pursue careers in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, with the goal of recruiting...
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