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Toward Native Web Execution
From Communications of the ACM

Toward Native Web Execution

Several software projects are narrowing the performance gap between browser-based applications and their desktop counterparts. In the process, they're creating...

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance
From Communications of the ACM

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance

Thanks to computer scientists like Barbara Liskov, researchers are making major progress with cost-efficient fault tolerance for Web-based systems.

From ACM TechNews

Cifellows Status Report

The Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Project has received 526 applications for CIFellowships from 145 distinct colleges and universities. The applications...

­sing Computer Models to Predict War
From ACM TechNews

­sing Computer Models to Predict War

New York University professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has developed a computer model that can forecast the outcomes of international conflicts, and the U.S. Defense...

Reading the Brain Without Poking It
From ACM News

Reading the Brain Without Poking It

Experimental devices that read brain signals have helped paralyzed people use computers and may let amputees control bionic limbs. But existing devices use tiny...

Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize
From ACM News

Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize

The Netflix Prize, a computing challenge that's been compared to scaling Mount Everest and flummoxed programmers for more than three years, has been summited. Two...

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos: A Soft Biometric For Identifying Suspects and Victims
From ACM TechNews

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos: A Soft Biometric For Identifying Suspects and Victims

 Tattoo patterns are regularly cataloged by law enforcement agencies when booking suspects. Unfortunately, matching tattoos is a time-consuming, subjective process...

From ACM TechNews

IBM Claims Privacy Breakthrough For Cloud, Data

A lattice approach could be used to develop fully homomorphic encryption solutions, says IBM researcher Craig Gentry, a Stanford University Ph.D. candidate. Gentry's...

From ACM News

Intel's Mukherjee Wins ACM Computer Architecture Award

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH) presented its 2009 Maurice Wilkes Award to Shubu Mukherjee of Intel Corp. for his contributions...

Safety-Critical Software Put ­nder Scrutiny
From ACM TechNews

Safety-Critical Software Put ­nder Scrutiny

The Centre for Safety-Critical Software Certification, a new global research center based at McMaster University, will be dedicated to eliminating the possibility...

One-Stop Shop For Grid Computing
From ICT Results

One-Stop Shop For Grid Computing

From searching for cures for disease to monitoring the Earth's atmosphere, grid computing has become essential to data-intensive research. But accessing limited...

Web Sites That ­se the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate
From ACM TechNews

Web Sites That ­se the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate

A variety of advancements have been made in Internet technology in the past few years, but the Internet continues to reinforce a fundamental division between those...

Bringing Girls and Boys to Computer Science With 'alice'
From ACM TechNews

Bringing Girls and Boys to Computer Science With 'alice'

An animation program called Alice, developed by the late Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University, is being used by computer scientists around the country to...

­sing Video Game Processors For Defense Needs
From ACM News

­sing Video Game Processors For Defense Needs

Researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering are developing programming tools to...

Computer Scientists Model Cell Division
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Model Cell Division

Harvard University computer scientists have developed a model for studying the arrangement of tissue networks that are created by cell division. "We developed a...

Traveling the Web Together
From ACM TechNews

Traveling the Web Together

Researchers from the College of William & Mary have developed real-time collaborative browsing (RCB) software that makes it easier for users to interact with each...

Human Eye Inspires Advance in Computer Vision
From ACM TechNews

Human Eye Inspires Advance in Computer Vision

Boston College (BC) computer scientists have developed a program that enables computers to see quickly moving objects with nearly double the accuracy and 10 times...

Intel Toots Its Research Horn For Chips  and More
From ACM TechNews

Intel Toots Its Research Horn For Chips and More

Intel's recent Research Day provided demonstrations and previews of the variety of projects that extend beyond the company's core computer processor business....

Computer Idle? Now You Can Donate Its Time to Find a Cure For Major Diseases
From ACM TechNews

Computer Idle? Now You Can Donate Its Time to Find a Cure For Major Diseases

More than 6,000 volunteers around the world are contributing computing power to the University of Delaware (UD) in an attempt to help biomedical researchers find...

'governor' Would Teach Military Robots the Rules of War
From ACM TechNews

'governor' Would Teach Military Robots the Rules of War

Georgia Institute of Technology robotics engineer Ron Arkin is researching how military robots could be programmed to act ethically and obey the rules of engagement...
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