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Building Airplanes on a Computer
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Building Airplanes on a Computer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill computer scientists and Boeing researchers are developing a new set of algorithms and techniques to simulate digital...

Programming With Purpose
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Programming With Purpose

The University of Washington recently held a reception that enabled computer-science and engineering undergraduate students to show off new accessibility applications...

Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners
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Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners

Researchers at the University of Twente's MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology, in partnership with Radboud University, are working to develop robot-assisted...

Robots, Space Technology Run Australia's Mining Miracle
From ACM TechNews

Robots, Space Technology Run Australia's Mining Miracle

Rio Tinto plans to use satellite, motion-sensor technology, and robotics to become the most technologically advanced mining company in the world. 

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response
From Communications of the ACM

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response

After 15 years of research, robots for search and rescue may be nearing prime time.

Data Streaming 2.0
From Communications of the ACM

Data Streaming 2.0

In today's real-time Web, data streaming applications no longer have the luxury of making multiple passes over a recorded data set.

From ACM News

Maryland and Arkansas Teams Win ORNL Global Venture Challenge

Graduate students from the University of Arkansas and the University of Maryland received first place at the 2010 Global Venture Challenge that was hosted at Oak...

From ACM TechNews

3-D Haptics to Help Surgeons Feel the Cutting Edge

Deakin University robotics engineer James Mullins is leading a research effort to develop haptics technology with the goal of making a simulation as realistic as...

Artists Mine Scientific Clues to Paint Intricate Portraits of the Past
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Artists Mine Scientific Clues to Paint Intricate Portraits of the Past

Artists are still painting things they cannot see in real life. Rather than being separated from their subjects by thousands of miles, though, today’s artists are...

A Swiss Army Knife For Analyzing Three-Dimensional Images
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A Swiss Army Knife For Analyzing Three-Dimensional Images

Howard Hughes Medical Institute computer scientists have developed V3D, a software suite that features tools for visualizing, analyzing, and measuring complex,...

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Mobile Learning with iPhone Now Possible

Peruvian and Belgian researchers have developed an open source mobile learning application that enables health-care workers to connect to the free learning platform...

Creating Apps Just For Cars
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Creating Apps Just For Cars

Ford Motor Co. is working with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Microsoft to offer a computer science and engineering course in which Michigan students...

From ACM TechNews

UIC Researcher Looks Toward a Communication Revolution

Andy Johnson, a professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory, is developing ultra-high-speed connections paired with...

Nist, Partners Develop Testing Infrastructure For Health It Systems
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Nist, Partners Develop Testing Infrastructure For Health It Systems

NIST has released the first of four installments of a new health IT test method and related software, developed in collaboration with a broad array of public and...

Software's Take on the Light Bulb Joke
From ICT Results

Software's Take on the Light Bulb Joke

How many men does it take to change a light bulb? Putting the punchline aside a moment, consider that it takes even more to pack a shipping crate. Now a European...

Toyota Applies the Brakes
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Toyota Applies the Brakes

In the wake of a massive public-relations nightmare involving brake problems in its cars, Toyota is investigating two more reports this week of unintended acceleration...

Predicting the Fate of Stem Cells
From ACM TechNews

Predicting the Fate of Stem Cells

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Badri Roysam and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee professor Andrew Cohen are using computer vision technology to predict...

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New 'hearing' Maps Are Real Conversation Starters

Cardiff University researchers have developed software that creates audibility maps of proposed room designs that  show hotspots where conversations would be inaudible...

Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills
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Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills

Tsukuba University engineering students have developed Yotaro, a baby humanoid robot designed to teach young people about parenting. 

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Silicon-on-Silk Electronics Developed For Potential Biomedical Applications

University of Illinois researcher John Rogers has collaborated with a team at Tufts University to develop silicon-on-silk electronics, which could one day function...
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