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AI Conferences Use AI to Assign Papers to Reviewers
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AI Conferences Use AI to Assign Papers to Reviewers

The Toronto Paper Matching System calculates the affinity between submitted papers and reviewers' expertise by comparing the text in submissions and reviewers'...

The Man Who Made Online College Work
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The Man Who Made Online College Work

Years before Covid, Zvi Galil launched Georgia Tech's successful online master's in computer science. Is Zoom U. the future?

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth
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System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth

A new system uses a person's smartphone or computer camera to read pulse and respiration from video of their face.

Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid
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Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid

A new smart bandage could reduce the number of in-person doctor's visits required for patients with open wounds.

Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars
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Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars

An early warning system for self-driving vehicles leverages artificial intelligence to learn from real traffic situations.

That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.
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That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.

Clearing hurdles to fast Internet for all.

Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing
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Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing

An engineer channels Galileo to describe a new approach to computing: p-bits.

ML Helps Spot Gait Problems in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis
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ML Helps Spot Gait Problems in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis

A new method uses machine learning to help clinicians determine whether gait issues in adults over 50 with multiple sclerosis are associated with disease progression...

Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment
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Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Online children's book platform Epic uses an anonymous trove of data collected from readers to customize reading recommendations and guide new title creation.

Soft Robotic Dragonfly Signals Environmental Disruptions
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Soft Robotic Dragonfly Signals Environmental Disruptions

Duke University engineers modeled a soft robot after a dragonfly; the robot can skim across water and react to environmental conditions, without electronics.

To Learn to Deal With Uncertainty, This AI Plays Pong
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To Learn to Deal With Uncertainty, This AI Plays Pong

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new algorithm that enables artificial intelligence models to account for uncertain data.

Microsoft Wins $21 Billion U.S. Army Contract for Augmented Reality Headsets
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Microsoft Wins $21 Billion U.S. Army Contract for Augmented Reality Headsets

Microsoft has been working to develop the Integrated Visual Augmentation System for years.

Predicting When Volcanoes Will Blow
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Predicting When Volcanoes Will Blow

Experts hope machine learning can help warn local residents of impending eruptions.

If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser
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If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of Internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo, and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.

Getting the Inside Track on Street Design
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Getting the Inside Track on Street Design

Researchers used anonymous phone data to measure the influence of building density and street design on pedestrian behavior in London, Amsterdam, and Stockholm....

Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing
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Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing

A robot built by researchers at Australia's University of the Sunshine Coast has legs and feet programmed to mimic the gait of climbing lizards.

U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort
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U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort

The Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium gave researchers free access to the world's most powerful computers over the past year.

New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities
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New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities

Despite its sophistication, the app can be easy for more experienced users to spot.

With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First
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With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First

Engineers developing drones or similar robotic helpers need to focus on mitigating the dangers.
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