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Hiring from the Autism Spectrum
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Hiring from the Autism Spectrum

Companies increasingly are looking to hire people who are on the autism spectrum to fill IT roles.

Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots
From ACM TechNews

Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots

Roboticists developed a low-cost system to track the location of flexible surgical robots operating inside the human body.

Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor
From ACM TechNews

Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor

Two studies evaluated a robot comedian's performance at comedy clubs to gather data to enable more effective robot-human interplay through humor.

Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools
From ACM TechNews

Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools

The learning platform edX has seen its enrollments increase tenfold while its computer science offerings increase ninefold over the past few months, fueled by the...

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
From ACM TechNews

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing
From ACM TechNews

Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing

A new algorithm makes it easier for humans to recognize and analyze patterns that appear in both natural and manufactured systems.

Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses
From ACM TechNews

Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses

An international team of researchers found 335 new gravitational lensing candidates in the data collected for a U.S. Department of Energy-supported telescope project...

Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates
From ACM TechNews

Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates

A new study incorporates a mathematical model that predicts protein sites on viruses that might be particularly susceptible to disabling treatments.

AI Gauges Head Injuries by Classifying Brain Lesions
From ACM TechNews

AI Gauges Head Injuries by Classifying Brain Lesions

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can detect and classify different types of brain lesions, to gauge the impact of a head injury...

App State Creates Pollinator-Tracking App
From ACM TechNews

App State Creates Pollinator-Tracking App

A new smartphone application tracks bees and other pollinators, as part of a project to monitor the world's pollinator population.

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits
From ACM TechNews

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits

The Legacy at Town Square senior living facility in Amarillo, TX, recently accelerated contact tracing by having staffers and residents wear high-tech wristbands...

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk
From ACM TechNews

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

A new algorithm enables a small four-wheeled robot to perform real-time gait analysis in order to determine a walker's emotional state.

COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak
From ACM News

COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak

Study finds a quarter of most watched videos with "non-factual" information.

Scientists Develop Tool to Improve Disease Model Accuracy
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Develop Tool to Improve Disease Model Accuracy

A new embedded discrepancy operator could help scientists deliver more accurate predictions of how diseases such as COVID-19 spread through populations around the...

Meet the Uninfectables
From ACM News

Meet the Uninfectables

Hospital wards, grocery stores, and food delivery services are turning to robotic devices to better navigate the pandemic.

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
From ACM TechNews

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

European nations are considering, or have opted for, technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus...

Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn
From ACM TechNews

Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn

With a handful of U.S. states launching online voting pilots, many experts warn the technology carries more pitfalls than benefits.

AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data
From ACM TechNews

AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data

A new artificial intelligence program can analyze image data to detect and classify galaxies and stars in large datasets from astronomical surveys.

Digital Twinning
From ACM News

Digital Twinning

Many organizations using the Internet of Things have already implemented Digital Twins.

Researchers Identify Potential Active Substances Against Coronavirus by Running Supercomputer Simulations
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Identify Potential Active Substances Against Coronavirus by Running Supercomputer Simulations

Researchers used the MOGON II supercomputer to identify several drugs approved for treating hepatitis C viral infection as potential candidates against COVID-19...
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