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Tapia 2009 Celebration Announces Technical Program

The 2009 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computer Conference will feature papers, panels, workshops, poster sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather meetings, a doctoral...

Researchers Sniff Pc Keyboard Strokes From Thin Air
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Researchers Sniff Pc Keyboard Strokes From Thin Air

Research teams from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland and Inverse Path say they have discovered new techniques to read what a person is...

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Machines That Can See

Computer vision or object recognition has progressed by leaps and bounds to the degree that machines can in some instances surpass humans. Applications being developed...

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Future Shock: The Pc of 2019

The personal computer (PC) is expected to advance in both intelligence and form factor over the next 10 years, evolving into a merger of computing devices and peripherals...

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'I'm Here to Make You Feel Better'

Researchers are developing socially assistive robots that can provide therapy and support to people with cognitive and physical handicaps. One example is CosmoBot...

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Bathrooms Become Smarter With Touch Screens

Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems have developed a touch screen mirror that can remind people when to takeView...

The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat
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The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat

Carnegie Mellon University professor Jeannette M. Wing is an expert on computational thinking, the discipline of applying computer science's problem-solving methods...

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Virtual Reality Device Simulates All Five Senses

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research CouncilScientists at the University of Warwick and York University are developing virtual reality devices that are capable...

Robotic Computer Controlled Only by Gestures
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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...

Robots That Monitor Emotions of Asd Children
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Robots That Monitor Emotions of Asd Children

ExplorationVanderbilt University researchers have developed a system that enables robots to monitor a child's emotional state, potentially leading to robotic playmates...

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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
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Crowd Control

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

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The Expanding Mind

A "remarkable synergy" between the advancement of brain-computer interface (BCI) technology and innovations in computers, digital storage devices, software, and...

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Improved Sensor Technology Could Someday Keep Tabs on Terrorists By Remote Control

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) scientists are developing new optical sensors for use in unmanned air vehicles and surveillance drones that could track...

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The Journey from Jar Jar to Sign Language Motion Capture Opens the Door to a New Way to Communicate

Dalhousie University professor Aaron Newman, the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, is using motion capture technology to develop a more thorough...

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Gadget Reads U­sers' Minds From Their Grip

Computer-human interface researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a prototype control device that predicts what function the...

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Carnegie Mellon Professor Earns Lifetime Achievement Award For Her Work in Human-Computer Interaction

ACM's Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) has named Carnegie Mellon University professor Sara Kiesler the winner of this year's Lifetime...

SIGGRAPH Debuts in Asia
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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
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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...

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Human Face of the Human Interface

John M. Carroll, founder of the User Interface Institute at IBM's Watson Research lab and a professor at Pennsylvania State University, says the ability to pick...
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