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Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World
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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
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'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
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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...

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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...

Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize
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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...

Data You Can Admire
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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...

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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...

Business Groups Hail China Web Software Delay
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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...

Cars Get Cooperative
From ICT Results

Cars Get Cooperative

European researchers have developed a groundbreaking middleware platform that could lead to thousands of new applications in a range of industries. Beginning with...

Master of Connections
From Communications of the ACM

Master of Connections

Jon Kleinberg is honored for his pioneering research on the Web and social networking.

Liskov's Creative Joy
From Communications of the ACM

Liskov's Creative Joy

Barbara Liskov muses about the creative process of problem solving, finding the perfect design point, and pursuing a research path.

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.

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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
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­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
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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
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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
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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...

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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...

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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...
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