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Technical Perspective: Enlisting the Power of the Crowd

An important contribution of "Answering Enumeration Queries with the Crowd" is the observation that by using the crowd for the collection of new data, we are departing...

Answering Enumeration Queries with the Crowd
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Answering Enumeration Queries with the Crowd

Hybrid human/computer database systems promise to greatly expand the usefulness of query processing by incorporating the crowd. Such systems raise many implementation...

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Technical Perspective: In-Situ Database Management

"NoDB: Efficient Query Execution on Raw Data Files" investigates extending a DBMS so it can use the file data in situ, without having to load it first.

NoDB
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NoDB: Efficient Query Execution on Raw Data Files

We here present the design and roadmap of a new paradigm in database systems, called NoDB, which do not require data loading while still maintaining the whole feature...

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Technical Perspective: Corralling Crowd Power

"Soylent: A Word Processor with a Crowd Inside," introduces an exciting vision of using crowd workers to power an interactive system — here, a word processor —...

Soylent
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Soylent: A Word Processor with a Crowd Inside

This paper introduces architectural and interaction patterns for integrating crowdsourced human contributions directly into user interfaces.

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Technical Perspective: Virtual Reality in Your Living Room

The authors of IllumiRoom investigate what AR/VR could look like in a truly social environment — the living room.

Illumiroom
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Illumiroom: Immersive Experiences Beyond the TV Screen

IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system that surrounds a television with projected light, bringing video games, and film experiences out of the TV screen and into...

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Technical Perspective: Programming Multicore Computers

"Can Traditional Programming Bridge the Ninja Performance Gap for Parallel Computing Applications" advocates an appealing division of labor between a developer...

Can Traditional Programming Bridge the Ninja Performance Gap For Parallel Computing Applications?
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Can Traditional Programming Bridge the Ninja Performance Gap For Parallel Computing Applications?

Current processor trends of integrating more cores with SIMD units have made it more to extract performance from applications. It is believed that traditional...

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Technical Perspective: Getting Consensus For Data Replication

The following paper is a breakthrough in which the authors offer a formula to calculate the probability of reading data that was not written by one of the K most...

Quantifying Eventual Consistency with PBS
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Quantifying Eventual Consistency with PBS

Eventual consistency is often "good enough" for practitioners given its latency and availability benefits. In this work, we explain this phenomenon and demonstrate...

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Technical Perspective: The Interplay of Neuroscience and Cryptography

An ideal scheme for password storage would enable a password with more than 20 bits of randomness to be input and output from the brain of a human being who is...

Neuroscience Meets Cryptography
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Neuroscience Meets Cryptography: Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks

We present a defense against coercion attacks using the concept of implicit learning from cognitive psychology. We use a carefully crafted computer game to allow...

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Technical Perspective: Progress in Visual Categorization

Our visual system helps us carry out our daily business. Our eyes and brain help us by measuring shapes, trajectories, and distances in world around us, and by...

Visual Object Detection with Deformable Part Models
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Visual Object Detection with Deformable Part Models

We describe a state-of-the-art system for finding objects in cluttered images. Our system is based on deformable models that represent objects using local part...

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Technical Perspective: Circuit Placement Challenges

For a semiconductor circuit with billions of transistors, finding desired locations of circuit components is a challenging task that substantially impacts circuit...

SimPL: An Algorithm For Placing VLSI Circuits
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SimPL: An Algorithm For Placing VLSI Circuits

VLSI placement optimizes locations of circuit components so as to reduce interconnect. We propose an algorithm for large-scale placement that outperforms prior...

Understanding the Impact of Video Quality on User Engagement
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Understanding the Impact of Video Quality on User Engagement

As Internet-based videos become mainstream, user expectation for high quality is constantly increasing. In this context, it is crucial for content providers to...

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Technical Perspective: Finding People in Depth

The following article by Shotton et al. describes a landmark computer vision system that takes a single depth image containing a person and automatically estimates...
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