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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


From ACM TechNews

Swedish Research Can Make Super Mario More Realistic

Thomas Larsson, a researcher at Sweden's Malardalen University, has developed a new approach for calculating collisions involving animated objects in computer games...

From ICT Results

Web Cubed The Network of Everything

The future Internet promises to link electronics, clothing, cars and pretty much everything in between. The upshot will be a network that can accompany and support...

From ICT Results

Serious Games for Serious Health Problems

Gamers caught a very early glimpse of the future of serious games aimed at the health sector during the PlayMancer project’s demos at the latest Vienna Science...

Robotic Computer Controlled Only by Gestures
From ACM News

Robotic Computer Controlled Only by Gestures

Frederic Kaplan at the Swiss Federal Institutes in Lausanne has designed and built the QB1 computer, a PC-based robot that plays music and games and is operated...

From ACM News

Math Problems + Video Games = Learning

The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in Picatinny, N.J., and the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at...

From ACM TechNews

'Cyber Footballers' Cloned

Researchers at the Carlos III University in Madrid (UC3M) have programmed clones that imitate the actions of humans playing soccer on a computer using behavioral...

From ACM TechNews

ACM Fellow Ed Catmull Garners an Oscar For Computer Graphics Leadership

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored ACM Fellow Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership...

From Communications of the ACM

A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...

Crowd Control
From Communications of the ACM

Crowd Control

Researchers are turning to computers to help us take advantage of our own cognitive abilities and of the wisdom of crowds.

Betting on Ideas
From Communications of the ACM

Betting on Ideas

Advanced computational models are enabling researchers to create increasingly sophisticated prediction markets.

Does Drm Have a Future?
From ACM News

Does Drm Have a Future?

Digital rights management (DRM)  has emerged as a widespread tool to combat piracy. So far, however, DRM systems have proved highly inconvenient to consumers who...

From ACM TechNews

SIGGRAPH 2009 Seeks Live Real-Time Video Games Content

The SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival will include a segment on real-time rendering projects, in which the top selections will be played and demonstrated...

From ACM TechNews

A Serious Approach to Games

Coventry University in the United Kingdom has opened the Serious Games Institute (SGI), a new program designed to develop hardware and software applications that...

SIGGRAPH Debuts in Asia
From Communications of the ACM

SIGGRAPH Debuts in Asia

ACM's premier computer graphics conference hosts its first-ever graphics event in Asia, with a more global focus.

The First Internet President
From Communications of the ACM

The First Internet President

Barack Obama's presidential campaign utilized the Internet and information technology unlike any previous political campaign. How politicians and the public interact...

Making Sense of Sensors
From Communications of the ACM

Making Sense of Sensors

Researchers are recognizing the potential of position sensors to help them overcome the limitations of traditional user interfaces.

Photography's Bright Future
From Communications of the ACM

Photography's Bright Future

Researchers working in computational photography are using computer vision, computer graphics, and applied optics to bring a vast array of new capabilities to digital...

USACM's Policy Role
From Communications of the ACM

USACM's Policy Role

ACM members have a professional duty to ensure that the public comprehends and benefits from advances in computing.

From ACM TechNews

Auto Gear-Change Bicycle: Computer Controlled Bicycle Gear Changes Optimize Power, Comfort

Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Defense University in Tashi, Taiwan, are developing a computer system for bicyclists that tells...

ACM's Annual Report
From Communications of the ACM

ACM's Annual Report

I would be hard-pressed to recall in my four decades as an ACM member a time as eventful and exceptional as recorded by ACM in FY08.
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