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Automated screening for childhood communication disorders

Fri, 23/09/2016 - 09:53
For children with speech and language disorders, early-childhood intervention can make a great difference in their later academic and social success. But many such children -- one study estimates 60 percent -- go undiagnosed until kindergarten or even later.

Robot doesn't have to behave and look like a human

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 08:53
The R2-D2 robot from Star Wars doesn’t communicate in human language but is, nevertheless, capable of showing its intentions. For human-robot interaction, the robot does not have to be a true ‘humanoid,’ provided that its signals are designed in the right way, say researchers.

Video gamers outdo scientists in contest to discover protein's shape

Wed, 21/09/2016 - 16:27
Gamers playing the popular online puzzle game Foldit beat scientists, college students and computer algorithms in a contest to see who could identify a particular protein's shape.

The microdoctors in our bodies

Wed, 21/09/2016 - 14:30
Researchers are developing tiny, sophisticated technological and biological machines enabling non-invasive, selective therapies. Their creations include genetically modified cells that can be activated via brain waves, and swarms of microrobots that facilitate highly precise application of drugs.

Meet AISOY1 the Robot, autism therapy assistant

Fri, 16/09/2016 - 09:31
Researchers are collaborating to expand the potential of their robot assistant for the treatment of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, the goal is to explore the ways in which the AISOY robot can enhance therapy sessions at the UMH University Clinic.

Language delivers fourfold speedups on big-data problems

Tue, 13/09/2016 - 13:41
Experts are presenting a new programming language, called Milk, that lets application developers manage memory more efficiently in programs that deal with scattered data points in large data sets.

Lightweight robots in manual assembly

Tue, 13/09/2016 - 10:05
In recent years, human-robot cooperation – also known as human-robot collaboration, or HRC – has taken center stage at trade fairs. The term applies to any situation where robots work directly alongside humans without safety barriers on the manufacturing floor. In such cases, the work zones of robots and workers overlap instead of being strictly separated. The low entry prices and big media interest in the technology created a wave of hype. But is the cost really all that low, and are the new robots really safe? Or is it a case of companies having unrealistic expectations?

Robotic surrogates help chronically ill kids maintain social, academic ties at school

Wed, 07/09/2016 - 16:06
Chronically ill, homebound children who use robotic surrogates to “attend” school feel more socially connected with their peers and more involved academically, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

Team of robots learns to work together, without colliding

Wed, 07/09/2016 - 12:53
When you have too many robots together, they get so focused on not colliding with each other that they eventually just stop moving. Georgia Tech's new algorithms are different: they allow any number of robots to move within inches of each other, without colliding, to complete their task -- swapping locations on his lab floor. The roboticists are the first researchers to create such minimally invasive safety algorithms.

Introducing diversity in online language analysis

Wed, 07/09/2016 - 12:49
For the past 30 years, computer science researchers have been teaching their machines to read standard English -- for example, by assigning back issues of the Wall Street Journal -- so computers can learn the English they need to run search engines like Google. But using only standard English has left out whole segments of society who use dialects and non-standard varieties of English, and the omission is increasingly problematic, say researchers.

Beam me up to the video conference

Wed, 07/09/2016 - 08:21
When science fiction heroes communicate, they don‘t use landlines or cell phones. The caller simply appears in virtual form in the middle of the room; full sized and three dimensional. This vision is already within reach, say researchers.

Artificial intelligence could improve diagnostic power of lung function tests

Sun, 04/09/2016 - 18:12
Artificial intelligence could improve the interpretation of lung function tests for the diagnosis of long-term lung diseases, according to the findings of a new study.

How AI might affect urban life in 2030

Thu, 01/09/2016 - 09:28
A diverse panel of academic and industrial thinkers has looked ahead to 2030 to forecast how advances in artificial intelligence might affect life in a typical North American city, and to spur discussion about how to ensure that AI applications are deployed in ways that are safe, fair and beneficial. Their takeaway: 'It is not too soon for social debate on how the fruits of an AI-dominated economy should be shared.'

Gaming for gut research

Wed, 31/08/2016 - 16:29
You may not think of yourself in this way, but in some ways your body is just a host for hundreds of trillions of microbes (including bacteria) that colonize us in fairly unique combinations in our guts, inside our various orifices and on the surface of our skin. These tiny creatures are essential to our survival: we couldn't digest anything without them, for instance. Scientists are increasingly making links between the range of colonies of microorganisms that live on and within us, our lifestyle habits, and our health.

Swarm robots can learn by simply observing

Tue, 30/08/2016 - 08:36
It is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by simply observing them, without being told what to look for, according to researchers.

The first autonomous, entirely soft robot

Wed, 24/08/2016 - 13:50
A team of researchers with expertise in 3-D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3-D-printed robot -- nicknamed the octobot -- could pave the way for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous machines.

People favour expressive, communicative robots over efficient and effective ones

Fri, 19/08/2016 - 08:46
Making an assistive robot partner expressive and communicative is likely to make it more satisfying to work with and lead to users trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes, a new study suggests.

Natural scale caterpillar soft robot is powered and controlled with light

Thu, 18/08/2016 - 10:26
Researchers, using the liquid crystal elastomer technology have demonstrated a bioinspired micro-robot capable of mimicking caterpillar gaits in natural scale. The 15-millimeter long soft robot harvests energy from green light and is controlled by spatially modulated laser beam. Apart from traveling on flat surfaces, it can also climb slopes, squeeze through narrow slits and transport loads.

Computer programming made easier

Mon, 15/08/2016 - 13:49
In order to simplify program development, a recent project is developing technology that provides human operators with automated assistance. By removing the need for would-be programmers to learn esoteric programming languages, the method has the potential to significantly expand the number of people engaged in programming in a variety of disciplines, from personalized education to robotics.

User-friendly language for programming efficient simulations

Wed, 10/08/2016 - 14:37
A team of researchers has developed a new programming language that handles that switching automatically. In experiments, simulations written in the language were dozens or even hundreds of times as fast as those written in existing simulation languages.