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Beyond
From ICT Results

Beyond

Human-computer interaction is undergoing a revolution, entering a multimodal era that goes beyond, way beyond, the WIMP (Windows-Icons-Menus-Pointers) paradigm....

Big Brother Untangles Baby Babble
From ACM TechNews

Big Brother Untangles Baby Babble

Deb Roy, an artificial intelligence researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, is exploring children's development of communication skills...

Translate This: 'cognition-Strength Interfaces'
From ICT Results

Translate This: 'cognition-Strength Interfaces'

A highly ambitious European project used basic cognitive function, eye-tracking and keystroke logging as the starting point for the study of human-computer interaction...

Researchers Unveil Whiskered Robot Rat
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Unveil Whiskered Robot Rat

Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Lab — a partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol — and the University of Sheffield...

Magnet and Glue Turn Tongue Into Joystick
From ACM TechNews

Magnet and Glue Turn Tongue Into Joystick

New ScientistGeorgia Tech University professors Maysam Ghovanloo and Xueliang Huo have developed a headset that enables a person to precisely control a wheelchair...

'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...

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

Metrorail Crash May Exemplify Automation Paradox

The fatal collision of two trains on Washington, D.C., Metro's Red Line may come to symbolize the core problem of automation, which is the relationship between...

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.

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...

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...

From ACM News

Toyota Develops Technology For Brain Waves to Steer Wheelchair

Toyota Motor Corp. says it has developed a way of steering a wheelchair by just detecting brain waves, without the person having to move a muscle or shout a command...

New 'emotional' Robot ­nveiled in Japan
From ACM TechNews

New 'emotional' Robot ­nveiled in Japan

Scientists at Tokyo's Waseda University recently demonstrated KOBIAN, a robot that is able to express emotion with its entire face and body. KOBIAN can use its...

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...

Interactive Robot Guided By Sensors, Not Remote Controls
From ACM TechNews

Interactive Robot Guided By Sensors, Not Remote Controls

Brown University professor Chad Jenkins and his team have developed a robot capable of holding a conversation, gesturing, and following a human's movement without...

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities
From ICT Results

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities

Technology that allows gamers to control game functions with only their eyes is helping to open virtual worlds such as "Second Life" and "World of Warcraft" toCOGAIN...

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...

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn
From ACM TechNews

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn

A cell phone would be able to track the behavior of its user with SoundSense, new software developed by Dartmouth College researchers. SoundSense automatically...

Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience
From ICT Results

Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience

Social problems like bullying and stereotyping involve thoughts, feelings and reactions that resist change. New research shows that when students play active roles...

From ACM TechNews

Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...
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