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Paying attention to words not just images leads to better image captions

Thu, 17/03/2016 - 10:56
Researchers are developing the best approach for creating computer-generated image captions. The key to their approach? Thinking about words -- what they mean and how they fit in a sentence structure -- just as much as thinking about the image itself.

Humanoid robot works in therapy for children with autism

Mon, 14/03/2016 - 21:15
Children with autism have special difficulty in expressing emotions, usually have no social skills and face major problems when communicating. In order to help children with this problem learn to recognize facial expressions in themselves and in others, a group of researchers created a robot using artificial intelligence.

Bacteria-powered microrobots navigate with help from new algorithm

Mon, 14/03/2016 - 21:14
Engineers have recently published research on a method for using electric fields to help tiny bio-robots propelled by flagellated bacteria navigate around obstacles in a fluid environment. These microrobots could one day be used for building microscopic devices or even delivering medication at the cellular level.

Light illuminates the way for bio-bots

Mon, 14/03/2016 - 16:12
A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light -- and is following where the light shines. The bio-bots are powered by muscle cells that have been genetically engineered to respond to light, giving researchers control over the bots' motion, a key step toward their use in applications for health, sensing and the environment.

Robot learning companion offers custom-tailored tutoring

Mon, 14/03/2016 - 10:17
Scientists have developed a socially assistive robot called Tega designed to serve as a one-on-one peer learner in or outside of the classroom. Testing the setup in a Boston area preschool, the researchers showed Tega can learn and improve in response to the unique characteristics of students.

New analytical model for e-sports predicts who is winning, and why

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 10:54
A new analytical model for e-sports not only helps game developers better understand how players perform, but can also predict the outcome of the game.

Orchestration of systems of mobile robots for border protection, search and rescue, and personal security

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 08:46
New research enables the efficient planning of the activities of systems of mobile robots for socially beneficial services including border patrol, search and rescue, and security escort.

Algorithm allows a computer to create a vacation highlight video

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 12:53
Researchers have unveiled a novel video-editing solution this week that automatically sorts and edits untouched footage into the most picturesque highlights for a vacation reel that could fill anyone with envy.

New learning procedure for neural networks

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 12:53
Rustling leaves, a creaking branch: To a mouse, these sensory impressions may at first seem harmless -- but not if a cat suddenly bursts out of the bush. If so, they were clues of impending life-threatening danger. Scientists have now found how the brain can link sensory perceptions to events occurring after a delay. In a computer model, he has developed a learning procedure in which the model neurons can learn to distinguish between many different stimuli by adjusting their activity to the frequency of the cues. The model even works when there is a time delay between the cue and the event or outcome.

Less than meets the eye: How do computers -- or our brains -- recognize images?

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 11:18
We do not merely recognize objects -- our brain is so good at this task that we can automatically supply the concept of a cup when shown a photo of a curved handle or identify a face from just an ear or nose. Neurobiologists, computer scientists, and robotics engineers are all interested in understanding how such recognition works -- in both human and computer vision systems. New research suggests that there is an "atomic" unit of recognition -- a minimum amount of information an image must contain for recognition to occur.

Hooray for Hollywood robots: Movie machines may boost robot acceptance

Thu, 10/03/2016 - 08:26
Remembering robots from film portrayals may help ease some of the anxiety that older adults have about using a robot, according to Penn State researchers.

Some assembly required to boost robot ratings

Wed, 09/03/2016 - 08:31
Robot makers may want to follow Ikea's strategy for customer satisfaction and give people a chance to partially assemble their new robots to ease acceptance of the devices, according to researchers.

Amputee feels texture with a bionic fingertip

Tue, 08/03/2016 - 08:49
An amputee feels rough or smooth textures in real-time -- in his phantom hand -- using an artificial fingertip connected to nerves in the arm. The advancement will accelerate the development of touch enabled prosthetics.

Leaf mysteries revealed through the computer's eye

Mon, 07/03/2016 - 15:27
A computer program that learns and can categorize leaves into large evolutionary categories such as plant families will lead to greatly improved fossil identification and a better understanding of flowering plant evolution, according to an international team of researchers.

Big data for text: Next-generation text understanding and analysis

Mon, 07/03/2016 - 09:36
News portals and social media are rich information sources, for example for predicting stock market trends. Today, numerous service providers allow for searching large text collections by feeding their search engines with descriptive keywords. Keywords tend to be highly ambiguous, though, and quickly show the limits of current search technologies. Computer scientists have now developed a novel text analysis technology that considerably improves searching very large text collections by means of artificial intelligence.  Beyond search, this technology also assists authors in researching and even in writing texts by automatically providing background information and suggesting links to relevant web sites.

AI crossword-solving application could make machines better at understanding language

Mon, 07/03/2016 - 09:35
A web-based machine language system solves crossword puzzles far better than commercially-available products, and may help machines better understand language.

Super elastic electroluminescent ‘skin’ will soon create mood robots

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 15:02
Engineers have developed an electroluminescent "skin" that stretches to more than six times its original size while still emitting light. The discovery could lead to significant advances in health care, transportation, electronic communication and other areas.

New vulnerability discovered in common online security

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:45
One of the world's most common security software packages – used as the basis of protection for many web browsers – has been found to be vulnerable to a specific form of attack, according to research.

How to tame your robot

Tue, 01/03/2016 - 13:14
A student has put the power of interacting with robots into our hands — literally.

In emergencies, should you trust a robot?

Mon, 29/02/2016 - 09:59
In emergencies, people may trust robots too much for their own safety, a new study suggests. In a mock building fire, test subjects followed instructions from an “Emergency Guide Robot” even after the machine had proven itself unreliable – and after some participants were told that robot had broken down.