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New Step For the Future Web
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New Step For the Future Web

The Semantic Evaluation At Large Scale (SEALS) project will develop a new research infrastructure dedicated to the evaluation of semantic technologies. The infrastructure...

Making Automation Work
From Communications of the ACM

Making Automation Work

Today's automated systems provide enormous safety and convenience. However, when glitches, problems, or breakdowns occur, the results can be catastrophic.

P2p Comes to the Aid of Audiovisual Search
From ICT Results

P2p Comes to the Aid of Audiovisual Search

Current methods of searching audiovisual content can be a hit-and-miss affair. Manually tagging online media content is time consuming, and costly. But new 'query...

Intuitive Semantic Internet Would Know What Is Said
From ACM TechNews

Intuitive Semantic Internet Would Know What Is Said

The push to develop the Semantic Web recently received fresh support through a National Science Foundation grant, which has been awarded to researchers at Rensselaer...

From ACM News

Spdy: An Experimental Protocol For a Faster Web

As part of the "Let's make the web faster" initiative, we are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages. One of these experiments...

From ACM News

Secret Math of Fly Eyes Could Overhaul Robot Vision

By turning the brain cell activity underlying fly eyesight into mathematical equations, researchers have found an ultra-efficient method for pulling motion patterns...

From ACM News

Now We Know Where We Stand, and It's About Time

America has seen its last Lost Generation. Thanks to an invisible armada of incessantly broadcasting satellites, collectively called the Global Positioning System...

Splitting ­p Search
From ACM TechNews

Splitting ­p Search

Researchers at Yahoo!'s Labs in Barcelona, Spain, have developed a distributed search approach that spreads the search index and additional data out over a larger...

Triple Shadows and Fake Reflections: Future Graphics
From ACM TechNews

Triple Shadows and Fake Reflections: Future Graphics

At the second annual ACM SIGGRAPH Asia conference, which takes place December 16-19 in Yokohama, Japan, computer graphics professionals and researchers will demonstrate...

Digital Fingerprints Aid Video Search
From ICT Results

Digital Fingerprints Aid Video Search

The explosive growth of video on the Internet calls for new ways of sorting and searching audiovisual content. A team of European researchers has developed a groundbreaking...

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone
From ACM News

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Many Indians bought their first mobile phones before they had their first experiences with personal computers. Pranav Mistry thinks that most of them might also...

M­ Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology
From ACM TechNews

M­ Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology

University of Missouri researchers are developing software that would enable computers to search within videos and identify humans and specific objects, as well...

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Tim Berners-Lee: Machine-Readable Web Still a Ways Off

World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the machine-readable Web is still a ways off and faces numerous obstacles. He says recent initiatives such as the...

Search Technology Digs Deeper For Meaning
From ICT Results

Search Technology Digs Deeper For Meaning

Search engine technology is in a state of flux as it digs ever deeper for new meaning. The benefits of the new age of semantic search are closer thanks to the European...

Listen, Watch, Read
From ICT Results

Listen, Watch, Read

European researchers have created the first integrated semantic search platform that integrates text, video and audio. The system can 'watch' films, 'listen' to...

Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality
From ACM News

Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality

In the not-too-distant future, it might be possible to slip on a pair of augmented-reality (AR) goggles instead of fumbling with a manual while trying to repair...

Exploring New Frontiers
From Communications of the ACM

Exploring New Frontiers

The Expeditions in Computing program provides scientists with the funding to work on ambitious, often multidisciplinary research.

Implementing Electronic Medical Records
From Communications of the ACM

Implementing Electronic Medical Records

Despite a number of challenges, patients' medical records are slowly making the transition to the digital age.

Electronic Paper's Next Chapter
From Communications of the ACM

Electronic Paper's Next Chapter

The technological challenge for researchers working on the next generation of electronic paper is to render color as brightly as traditional paper, without increasing...

Moving Beyond Text-Based Video Search
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Moving Beyond Text-Based Video Search

Current disputes on the appropriate format for conducting searches of online video threaten to dredge up old battles on the superiority of linear, textual styles...
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