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Cultivating STEM Success
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Cultivating STEM Success

Harvard University's Pooja Chandrashekar founded the ProjectCSGIRLS coding competition, now the largest such competition for middle-school girls in the U.S.

Virginia Becomes First State to Require Computer Science Instruction
From ACM TechNews

Virginia Becomes First State to Require Computer Science Instruction

Virginia has completed a series of computer science standards designed to configure the curriculum and what instructors are expected to teach at each grade level...

This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship
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This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence that can skillfully play a Battleship-like game by determining how to ask questions as efficiently as possible...

As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors
From ACM Careers

As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors

They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape...

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code
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The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code

The new AI Now Institute is a cross-disciplinary initiative that will research the impact of artificial intelligence on society.

Supercomputing Speeds Up Deep Learning Training
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Supercomputing Speeds Up Deep Learning Training

A team led by Texas Advanced Computing Center researchers has published the results of an effort to use supercomputers to train a deep neural network for rapid...

Robots Can Help Us Better Understand How Infants Learn
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Robots Can Help Us Better Understand How Infants Learn

Johan Kwisthout of Radboud University in the Netherlands' discusses efforts to use robots to replicate the brains infants in order to better understand their learning...

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 
From ACM News

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs
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SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.

NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments
From ACM News

NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments

The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report titled "Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments."

China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order
From ACM News

China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

When President Trump arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, he will most likely complain about traditional areas of dispute like steel and cars.

Broadening the CS Cohort
From ACM News

Broadening the CS Cohort

Innovative programs are drawing women and minority students to computer science, and giving them the support they need to succeed.

The Disappearing American Grad Student
From ACM Careers

The Disappearing American Grad Student

There are two very different pictures of the students roaming the hallways and labs at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering.

Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?
From ACM TechNews

Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?

University of Southern California Viterbi professor Fei Sha plans to focus her efforts on applying the findings of statistical machine learning to medical science...

UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon
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UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon

The University of Maryland recently hosted its third all-women hackathon.

Bringing History to Life
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Bringing History to Life

Sankofa is a new immersive computer game that aims to bring the cultural history of Ghana to life via gameplay while providing a unique learning experience.

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.
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Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially...

USS McCain Collision Ultimately Caused by UI Confusion
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USS McCain Collision Ultimately Caused by UI Confusion

On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer.

Building Tomorrow's Robots
From ACM Careers

Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and...

What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car
From ACM TechNews

What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car

Major companies are testing autonomous car software within virtual reality simulations of cities.
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