How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century?

June 3, 2010
Posted in ALL, Environment, Society
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Rajendra K. Pachauri leads fellow members of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC in a remarkable public session of soul-searching. Now that the IPCC has helped make climate change a signal issue of our times, what next? John Reilly wonders whether the IPCC should be celebrating any success, given that greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise in […]

Sparse Methods for Machine Learning: Theory and Algorithms

June 2, 2010
Posted in ALL, Computer Science
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Regularization by the L1-norm has attracted a lot of interest in recent years in statistics, machine learning and signal processing. In the context of least-square linear regression, the problem is usually referred to as the Lasso or basis pursuit. Much of the early effort has been dedicated to algorithms to solve the optimization problem efficiently, […]

Space Shuttle Discovery Mission to the International Space Station

June 2, 2010
Posted in ALL, Science
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The sign-up sheet for astronaut school is likely to grow even longer after viewing Stephanie Wilson’s reality video about her 13 days in space. Wilson, a self-described “robo chick,” served as a specialist in July 2006 on one of NASA’s return-to-flight test missions following the Columbia accident. She narrates a video account — a day-to-day […]

A Beautiful Mind: Genius, Madness, Reawakening

June 2, 2010
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Dr. Sylvia Nasar, the author of “A Beautiful Mind” tells the extraordinary story of mathematician John Nash a drama about the mystery of the human mind and shares some of her experiences in writing her prize-winning biography. Watch the video by clicking the image below: A Beautiful Mind: Genius, Madness, Reawakening Sylvia Nasar

Leonardo: Goal assistance with divergent beliefs

June 2, 2010
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This demonstrates the robot Leonardo’s ability to reason and act competently in situations when the other (in this case, human) agents have different belief states. Watch this very interesting video by clicking on the image below: Leonardo: Goal assistance with divergent beliefs Jesse Gray, Matt Berlin, Cynthia Breazeal

NERO 2.0: Neuro Evolving Robotic Operatives

June 2, 2010
Posted in ALL, Computer Science, Computers
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This demonstrates the NERO real-time strategy game and the capabilities of its agents. The technology involves neuroevolution. Watch the video by clicking on the image below: NERO 2.0: Neuro Evolving Robotic Operatives Igor Karpov, Thomas Nelson

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