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Face Recognition Breakthrough
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Face Recognition Breakthrough

By using sparse representation and compressed sensing, researchers have been able to demonstrate significant improvements in accuracy over traditional face-recognition...

Just For You
From Communications of the ACM

Just For You

Recommender systems that provide consumers with customized options have redefined e-commerce, and are spreading to other fields.

Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership
From ACM News

Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership

A team of faculty from the Georgia Institute of Technology has formed a historic partnership with the Korean government, industry, and universities to develop a...

From ICT Results

Smart Clothes For Better Healthcare

Comfortable smart clothes that monitor the wearer’s heart, breathing and body temperature promise to revolutionise healthcare by reducing hospital visits and allowing...

From ACM TechNews

Algorithms to Stop Net Threats

University of Wollongong professor Willy Susilo has received a grant to develop cryptographic algorithms that will stay secure against quantum computer attacks....

From ACM TechNews

Rethinking Code Optimization For Mobile and Multicore

The key to the creation of more efficient software for mobile platforms and multicore chips could lie in artificial intelligence (AI), and the MilePost project...

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants
From ICT Results

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants

A key component of modern factories is the flexible production cell – a workstation staffed by a worker with the training and tools to carry out a variety of operations...

Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors
From ACM TechNews

Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors

Research supported by the U.S. Pentagon is attempting to turn insects into search-and-rescue systems capable of locating trapped victims in earthquake rubble and...

Australia's Top Models at Science Conference
From ACM TechNews

Australia's Top Models at Science Conference

Australia's IMACS/MODSIM Congress will feature more than 650 modeling and simulation experts from around the world. Mathematical models describe the actions of...

Microsoft Releases New Software Tools for Researchers
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Releases New Software Tools for Researchers

Microsoft's External Research division launched a pair of new research tools — the Project Trident workbench and the Dryad/DryadLINQ programming environment — at...

Japanese Scientists Aim to Create Robot-Insects
From ACM TechNews

Japanese Scientists Aim to Create Robot-Insects

Japanese scientists are working to create insect-robot hybrids, including robot-moths capable of detecting drug stashes and robot-bees capable of navigating earthquake...

From ACM TechNews

DAC Workshops Focus on Design Techniques, Careers, Emerging EDA Apps

ACM's 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will give industry professionals an opportunity to learn more about front- and back-end design issues and to participate...

From ACM News

Ward Off Espionage: India to Design a Home-Grown Microprocessor

Top scientists at some of India's ace scientific institutions are pooling energies, and the government some money, in an ambitious attempt to design a home-grown...

Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses
From ACM TechNews

Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new type of fiber that is capable of producing images without the need for a lens...

From ACM TechNews

Computer Learns Sign Language By Watching Tv

Software developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Leeds has autonomously determined the basics of sign language by watching TV...

From ACM TechNews

In Search For Intelligence, a Silicon Brain Twitches

Blue Brain is a supercomputer-powered software model designed to closely simulate the activity of a rat's neocortical column (NCC) in the hope of gaining insights...

Algorithms Map Centaurus A Galaxy and Supermassive Black Hole
From ACM TechNews

Algorithms Map Centaurus A Galaxy and Supermassive Black Hole

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope team has developed an algorithm that enabled researchers at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific...

Semantic Web Technology to Get ­pdate
From ACM TechNews

Semantic Web Technology to Get ­pdate

A proposal before the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) would dramatically improve SPARQL, the query technology for the Semantic Web, for application development....

From ACM TechNews

Recognition at Last

Florida Atlantic University researchers have significantly reduced the amount of computer power that is needed to operate face recognition systems without compromising...

Computer Scientists Track the Life and Death of News
From ACM News

Computer Scientists Track the Life and Death of News

By observing global flow of news online, Cornell computer scientists have managed to track and analyze the "news cycle" — the way stories rise and fall in popularity...
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