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Semantic Solution, A Patent Commercial Success
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Semantic Solution, A Patent Commercial Success

Information services company Matrixware has teamed up with a consortium of European researchers to enhance access to its database of patents. The commercial deal...

From ACM News

Emc Aims to Tap the Best Brains in Computer Science

Even though EMC Corp. makes some of the world's most advanced data-storage gear, the Hopkinton, Mass. company is going back to school. Late last month, EMC unveiled...

Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World
From ACM TechNews

Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World

The European Union-funded CASBLiP project has developed a portable system to help visually-impaired users navigate outdoors. The system analyzes video from portable...

'mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to Do Intimate Exams
From ACM TechNews

'mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to Do Intimate Exams

The University of Florida is using a life-sized computer avatar on a flat screen and a mannequin with prosthetic body parts to teach medical students how to perform...

Researchers Receive $1.2 Million Muri Grant
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Receive $1.2 Million Muri Grant

The Army Research Office has awarded Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers pursuing work on hard/soft data fusion with a $1.2 million Multidisciplinary...

From ACM TechNews

Physics Brings Realism to Virtual Reality

The latest multi-core processors and smart software are enabling physicists and engineers to simulate the real world with unprecedented accuracy to create more...

From ACM TechNews

Circuit Malfunction Preceded Dc Metro Crash

The replacement of an important piece of collision-prevention equipment five days before last week's fatal train crash on the Washington, D.C., Metro's Red Line...

Drexel to Deploy Smart Grid System
From ACM News

Drexel to Deploy Smart Grid System

Drexel University will deploy a smart grid system to provide real-time measurements of the University's power usage and allow excess power to be sold back to the...

Long-Range Effects Found in Advanced Magnetic Devices
From ACM News

Long-Range Effects Found in Advanced Magnetic Devices

A tiny grid pattern has led materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Institute of Solid State Physics in Russia...

Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize
From ACM News

Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize

When the organizers of the Netflix Prize contest announced late last week that one team had met the requirement for the $1 million Grand Prize, Yehuda Koren, a15th...

Mobile Tv Coming to Canada?
From ACM TechNews

Mobile Tv Coming to Canada?

Simon Fraser University (SFU) doctorate student Cheng-Hsin Hsu, along with SFU graduate students Yi Liu and Cong Ly, and their supervisor Mohamed Hefeeda, has designed...

Data You Can Admire
From ACM TechNews

Data You Can Admire

The University of California, Davis' Visualization and Interface Design Innovation lab, run by professor Kwan-Liu Ma, seeks to render massive data sets into insightful...

From ACM TechNews

Nurturing a Love of Math, Sciences

Experts are concerned that not enough teachers who can arouse passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in public school students are...

Scientists Create First Electronic Quantum Processor
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Create First Electronic Quantum Processor

Yale University researchers have led a research effort to develop the first rudimentary solid-state quantum processor, a major step toward the creation of a quantum...

From ACM TechNews

Techies the Latest Weapon in Catching Car Thieves

Researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney, (UTS) Australia, have developed software that uses new imaging technology to enable moving police cars to automatically...

Motorola Funds Workshop to Inspire Tomorrow's Innovators
From ACM TechNews

Motorola Funds Workshop to Inspire Tomorrow's Innovators

The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) for Women and Technology recently announced that the Motorola Foundation has awarded the institute a $30,560 Innovation Generation...

From ACM TechNews

Organic Traffic Control

Researchers in Germany believe organic computing has the potential to solve the problems of urban traffic systems, which rely on sensors and controllers. Using...

Business Groups Hail China Web Software Delay
From ACM News

Business Groups Hail China Web Software Delay

The American and European chambers of commerce in China have welcomed a decision by Beijing to delay an order that new computers sold in the country be equipped...

Digital Boost For Works of Art
From ACM News

Digital Boost For Works of Art

Imagine the research possibilities of being able to view three-dimensional scans of museum objects, write dance moves electronically or study ancient documents...

The Wireless Future of Energy Transfer
From ACM News

The Wireless Future of Energy Transfer

The electronic revolution of the past century has been a tangled affair. Remember when phones were always wired into the wall? When the Internet required one more...
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