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Companion Robots Will Improve Elderly People's Quality of Life in Smart Homes

The Companionable project is working to improve the quality of life of elderly and disabled people through robots designed to operate in intelligent homes. The...

Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter
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Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter

In early April, Adam Wilson posted a status update on the social networking Web site Twitter — just by thinking about it. Just 23 characters long, his message,...

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H-1b Visas Cuts U.S. Tech Wages By Up to 6 Percent, Study Says

A new study from professors at New York University (NYU) and the University of Pennsylvania found that the use of H-1B workers by U.S. companies has decreased wages...

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Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have successfully used a cluster of the same low-power processors that are used in netbooks and mobile devices to create...

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Student Innovations Honored at Chi Conference

ACM's recent Computer-Human Interaction (CHI 2009) conference gave computing students an opportunity to show off the technology they are developing and how it could...

Researcher Leads Quest For Robots That Take Orders From the Brain
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Researcher Leads Quest For Robots That Take Orders From the Brain

University of Washington (UW) researcher and MacArthur Foundation Fellow recipient Yoky Matsuoka specializes in the field of neurobotics, which focuses on the development...

Biological Sensors Are the Future of Personalized Medicine
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Biological Sensors Are the Future of Personalized Medicine

Madrid recently hosted the International Symposium on Research in Grid/Nano/Bio/Medical Informatics (Bioinforsalud 2009). Organized by ACTION-Grid, Bioinforsalud...

From ICT Results

Tools Enhance Real-World Apps: Call in the Tele-Shrink

European researchers have developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication. Intriguing...

Innovative Asia-Pacific Projects Awarded Isif Funding
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Innovative Asia-Pacific Projects Awarded Isif Funding

Eleven communities in eight Asia-Pacific countries stand to benefit from work backed by a new funding program of the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF)....

Wearable Sensors Monitor Gait, May Help Prevent Falls
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Wearable Sensors Monitor Gait, May Help Prevent Falls

When an older person is injured in a fall, the cost is significant, both in quality of life and medical expense.  being developed by Researchers at the University...

From ACM TechNews

W3C Investigates Possible e-Gov Standards

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has initiated the process for developing standards that governments could employ to tap Web 2.0 and social networking technologies...

Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication
From ICT Results

Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication

Information and communications technology (ICT) is all about communication but it has never provided the semantic richness offered by the non-verbal cues that typically...

Nominations Open For Marie R. Pistilli Eda Achievement Award
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Nominations Open For Marie R. Pistilli Eda Achievement Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award, which is named after the former...

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Cyber Spying a Threat, and Everyone Is In On It

The computers of Tibetan exiles and the U.S. electrical grid were recently breached by hackers, highlighting the growing threat of cyber espionage. The White House...

Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants
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Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants

A class of undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a set of robots that can water, harvest and pollinate cherry tomato plants. The...

Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman
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Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman

A cybernetic bodysuit developed by Cyberdyne Corp. and Daiwa House of Japan augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold. The HAL (Hybrid...

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Dual Degree Programs Aim to Create Better Engineers

The Computing Research Association recently reported that enrollment in engineering and computer science programs increased by 8 percent over the 2007-2008 school...

Scholarship For Cis Program Seeks to Close the Gap
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Scholarship For Cis Program Seeks to Close the Gap

Florida A&M University's Computer Information Sciences (CIS) Program has been awarded a $552,000 National Science Foundation grant to recruit minority women to...

They're Hiring in Hong Kong
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They're Hiring in Hong Kong

A sudden wave of hiring in East Asia, especially in Hong Kong, could lead to a brain drain of computer science talent away from America. Talented IT professionals...

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Demand for H-1B Visas Tumbles

Applications for H-1B visas are down about a third from a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. The agency began accepting...
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