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The new Watson system is being trained to analyze patient records and clinical trial criteria in order to determine appropriate matches for patients.

Mayo Clinic Partners with IBM Watson for Clinical Trials

September 15, 2014 3:00 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic and IBM have announced plans to pilot Watson, the IBM cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway, with the intent to introduce it into clinical use in early 2015. Researchers hope the increased speed also will speed new discoveries.

Training Computers to Understand the Language of Musicians

September 10, 2014 4:07 pm | by Birmingham City University | News | Comments

New software launched by researchers at Birmingham City University aims to reduce the long...

Improved Method Lets Computers Know You Are Human

September 9, 2014 3:21 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

CAPTCHA services that require users to recognize and type in static distorted characters may be...

Visual Control of Big Data: Recomputing Visualizations without Aberrant Results

August 20, 2014 10:44 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

In the age of big data, visualization tools are vital. With a single glance at a graphic display...

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The Kilobots, a swarm of one thousand simple but collaborative robots. Courtesy of Mike Rubenstein and Science/AAAS

AI: Self-organizing Thousand-robot Swarm Forms Vast, Complex Shapes

August 18, 2014 12:03 pm | by Caroline Perry, Harvard SEAS | News | Comments

The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. Instead of one highly-complex robot, a “kilo” of robots collaborate, providing a simple platform for the enactment of complex behaviors. Called Kilobots, these extremely simple robots are each just a few centimeters across and stand on three pin-like legs.

Collecting Just the Right Data: When you can’t collect all you need, new algorithm tells you which to target

July 28, 2014 2:06 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon. But some types of data are harder to collect than online click histories — information about geological formations thousands of feet underground, for instance. And in other applications there may just not be enough time to crunch all the available data.

The automatic placement of the albums by the algorithm was in agreement with the chronological order of the recording of each Beatles albums.

AI Reveals The Beatles’ Dramatic Musical Transformation

July 28, 2014 12:29 pm | by Lawrence Technological University | News | Comments

Music fans and critics know that the music of the Beatles underwent a dramatic transformation in just a few years. But, until now, there hasn’t been a scientific way to measure the progression. Computer scientists at Lawrence Technological University have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can analyze and compare musical styles, enabling research into their musical progression.

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Alan Turing in slate at Bletchley Park. Courtesy of Jon Callas

Can Machines Think? – Misidentification of Humans as Machines in Turing Test

July 25, 2014 2:09 pm | by Taylor & Francis | News | Comments

Alan Turing led a team of code breakers at Bletchley Park which cracked the German Enigma machine cypher during WWII  but that is far from being his only legacy. In the year of the 100th anniversary of his birth, researchers published a series of ‘Turing tests’ in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence; these entailed a series of five-minute conversations between human and machine or human and human.

Mathematica 10

July 9, 2014 4:41 pm | Wolfram Research, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With over 700 new functions — the single biggest jump in new functionality in the software's history — Mathematica 10 is the first version of Mathematica based on the complete Wolfram Language. Integration with the Wolfram Cloud and access to the expanded Wolfram Knowledgebase open up new possibilities for intelligent computation and deployment.

Algorithm lets independent agents collectively produce a machine-learning model without aggregating data.

Robots Collaborate Independently

June 26, 2014 11:05 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Machine learning, in which computers learn new skills by looking for patterns in training data, is the basis of most recent advances in artificial intelligence, from voice-recognition systems to self-parking cars. It’s also the technique that autonomous robots typically use to build models of their environments. That type of model-building gets complicated, however, in cases in which clusters of robots work as teams.

Some of the many variations the new Learning Everything about Anything, or LEVAN, program has learned for three different concepts.

Fully Automated Computer Program Teaches Itself Everything about Anything

June 13, 2014 3:18 pm | by Michelle Ma | News | Comments

In today’s digitally driven world, access to information appears limitless. But when you have something specific in mind that you don’t know, like the name of that niche kitchen tool you saw at a friend’s house, it can be surprisingly hard to sift through the volume of information online and know how to search for it. Or, the opposite problem can occur — we can look up anything on the Internet, but how can we be sure we're finding every...

Silvia Ferrari and her team at Duke University trained a virtual insect whose nervous system is modeled by a large spiking neural network. The virtual insect was trained with an algorithm that responds to sensory feedback

Neural Networks Imitate Intelligence of Biological Brains

May 15, 2014 2:53 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

For every thought or behavior, the brain erupts in a riot of activity, as thousands of cells communicate via electrical and chemical signals. Each nerve cell influences others within an intricate, interconnected neural network. And connections between brain cells change over time in response to our environment.

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin gestures after riding in a driverless car to a bill signing for driverless cars at Google headquarters in Mountain View. Google engineers say they have turned a corner in their pursuit of creating a car that can drive itself

Google X Lab: Driverless Cars Mastering City Streets

April 28, 2014 10:51 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google says its self-driving cars are motoring along: they can navigate freeways comfortably, albeit with a driver ready to take control. But city driving — with its obstacle course of stray walkers, bicyclists and blind corners — has been a far greater challenge for the cars' computers.

The deterministic track of the International Planning Competition is for programs designed to eliminate any element of chance from automated planning in a wide range of fields, such as logistics, robot manipulation, satellite movement and transport.

Worldwide Competition Encourages AI Breakthroughs

April 17, 2014 10:39 am | by The University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

UNIVERSITY of Huddersfield experts are in charge of a worldwide competition that is designed to encourage breakthroughs in the use of artificial intelligence for automated planning and scheduling. High performance computers at the University are being used to test the dozens of complex software...

Costas Bekas

April 16, 2014 3:23 pm | Biographies

Costas Bekas is managing the Foundations of Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research-Zurich. He received his B. Eng., Msc and PhD, all from the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department, University of Patras, Greece, in 1998, 2001 and 2003 respectively. Between 2003-2005, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with prof. Yousef Saad at the Computer Science & Engineering Department, University of Minnesota

Computers See through Faked Pain Better than People Do

March 21, 2014 2:33 pm | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The research team found that humans could not discriminate real from faked expressions of pain better than random chance

Need for Speed: Ramping up the Velocity of Big Data

March 3, 2014 11:11 am | by William Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Big Data tools such as Grok and IBM Watson are enabling large organizations to behave more like agile startups. Of the transformative technology developments that have ushered in the current frenzy of activity along the information superhighway, the 1994 invention of the “Wiki” by Ward Cunningham is among the most disruptive.

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Computer Teaches Itself Common Sense

February 27, 2014 2:27 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Videos | Comments

In this segment, we look at the Never Ending Image Learner. A computer program is running 24-hours-a-day at Carnegie Mellon University, searching the Web for images, doing its best to understand them on its own and, as it builds a growing visual database, gathering common sense on a massive scale.

Herding Robots: Enabling Fleets of Multiagent Systems to Collaborate in Unprecedented Ways

February 12, 2014 4:14 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Writing a program to control a single autonomous robot navigating an uncertain environment with an erratic communication link is hard enough; write one for multiple robots that may or may not have to work in tandem, depending on the task, is even harder.

Alan Turing: His Work and Impact Wins Prestigious PROSE Award

February 7, 2014 11:01 am | by Association of American Publishers and Elsevier | News | Comments

Alan Turing: His Work and Impact, was selected for the top honor, R.R. Hawkins Award, at the 38th annual PROSE Awards. Celebrating the centenary of his birth, the bookwas praised as a fitting tribute to the life of the legendary mathematical and scientific genius, considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

IBM Brings Watson to Africa with $100M Project Lucy

February 6, 2014 9:59 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM has launched a 10-year initiative to bring Watson and other cognitive systems to Africa in a bid to fuel development and spur business opportunities across the world's fastest growing continent. Dubbed "Project Lucy" after the earliest known human ancestor, IBM will invest US$100 million in the initiative

Robots with Insect Brains: Learning to Navigate Guided by External Stimuli

February 4, 2014 5:32 am | by Freie Universitaet Berlin | News | Comments

Researchers of Freie Universität Berlin, of the Bernstein Fokus Neuronal Basis of Learning, and of the Bernstein Center Berlin and have developed a robot that perceives environmental stimuli and learns to react to them. The scientists used the relatively simple nervous system of the honeybee as a model for its working principles. To this end, they installed a camera on a small robotic vehicle and connected it to a computer.

Computer Teaches Itself Common Sense

January 6, 2014 8:29 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

A computer program is running 24 hours a day at Carnegie Mellon University, searching the Web for images, doing its best to understand them on its own and, as it builds a growing visual database, gathering common sense on a massive scale. The Never Ending Image Learner, or NEIL, leverages recent advances in computer vision that enable computer programs to identify and label objects in images

Feds Announce Test Sites for Drone Aircraft

January 2, 2014 10:22 am | by Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six states were named this week by federal officials to develop test sites for drones - a critical next step for the burgeoning industry that could one day produce thousands of unmanned aircraft for use by businesses, farmers and researchers.

Could Smartphone Technology Change Behavior?

December 27, 2013 2:46 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Smartphones are often cast as the ultimate distractors. Now, a University of Michigan engineering professor sees potential for smartphones to be something quite the opposite. What if they could act as mentors in mindfulness, helping users stay attentive in order to achieve particular goals?

Technology Targets Slick Winter Roads

December 20, 2013 3:57 pm | by University Corporation for Atmospheric Research | News | Comments

In the annual battle to keep roads clear of snow and ice, snowplows are about to get much more intelligent. Officials in three states this winter are deploying hundreds of plows with custom-designed sensors that continually measure road and weather conditions.

'Spider Bot' Helps Evolve Artificial Brains

December 18, 2013 3:58 pm | by University of Wyoming | News | Comments

A new "spider bot" is being used to research how to evolve computer brains in ways that are more similar to how animal brains are organized.                               

Algorithm Makes Faces More Memorable

December 18, 2013 3:28 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT | News | Comments

Do you have a forgettable face? Now your face could be instantly transformed into a more memorable one without the need for an expensive makeover, thanks to an algorithm developed by researchers at MIT.             

MIT System Allows for Highly Accurate, Through-Wall, 3-D Motion Tracking

December 12, 2013 9:14 am | by Abby Abazorius, MIT | News | Comments

Imagine playing a video game and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house. Gaming could become this realistic, thanks to new technology that allows for highly accurate, 3-D motion tracking. The new system, dubbed “WiTrack”, uses radio signals to track a person through walls and obstructions

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