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Computer Science - Electroengineering - 19.08.2016
People favour expressive, communicative robots over efficient and effective ones
People favour expressive, communicative robots over efficient and effective ones
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. But the research also shows that giving robots human-like traits could have a flip side - users may even lie to the robot in order to avoid hurting its feelings.

Computer Science - 18.08.2016
Scientists combine satellite data, machine learning to map poverty
The availability of accurate and reliable information on the location of impoverished zones is surprisingly lacking for much of the world. Applying machine learning to satellite images could identify impoverished regions in Africa. One of the biggest challenges in providing relief to people living in poverty is locating them.

Electroengineering - Computer Science - 15.08.2016
Berkeley Scientists Use Robots to Probe Biological Secrets of the Ocean’s Carbon Cycle
Follow Berkeley scientists on a 10-day research voyage off the California coast as they test robotic floats in studies of the ocean's biological carbon pump. Robotic measurements at sea are promising sources of data that could be used to better understand climate change. Follow along as a Lab science writer blogs daily about the trip.

Computer Science - Health - 22.07.2016
Solving big data’s fusion? problem
Judea Pearl and Elias Bareinboim Bareinboim and Pearl discovered how to estimate the effect of one variable, X, on another, Y, when data come from disparate sources that differ in another variable, Z. As the field of "big data" has emerged as a tool for solving all sorts of scientific and societal questions, one of the main challenges that remains is whether, and how, multiple sets of data from various sources could be combined to determine cause-and-effect relationships in new and untested situations.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 21.07.2016
Researcher explains her role in mapping the human mind
Researcher explains her role in mapping the human mind
An Imperial engineer talks about her work on an international project to understand how the brain is wired. Dr Emma Robinson , from the Department of Computing at Imperial, talks to Colin Smith about her work in brain imaging and how it is contributing to The Human Connectome Project. What is a connectome? A connectome is a comprehensive map of neural connections in the brain.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 15.07.2016
A drone that gets around obstacles like an insect
A drone that gets around obstacles like an insect
Physics student Darius Merk has used an insect-inspired algorithm to develop a drone that can navigate around obstacles.

Environment - Computer Science - 08.07.2016
Massive open-access database on human cultures created
Massive open-access database on human cultures created
An international team of researchers has developed a website to help answer long-standing questions about the forces that shaped human cultural diversity. D-PLACE - the Database of Places, Language, Culture and Environment - is an expandable, open access database that brings together a dispersed body of information on the language, geography, culture and environment of more than 1,400 human societies.

Electroengineering - Computer Science - 07.07.2016
Robot Helps Study How Animals Moved 360 Million Years Ago
When early terrestrial animals began moving about on mud and sand 360 million years ago, their powerful tails may have been more important than scientists previously realized. That's one conclusion from a new study of African mudskipper fish and a robot modeled on the animal. Animals analogous to the mudskipper would have used modified fins to move around on flat surfaces, but for climbing sandy slopes, the animals could have benefitted from using their tails to propel themselves forward, the researchers found.

Computer Science - 07.07.2016
3D animation with the stroke of a pen
3D animation with the stroke of a pen
Mosketch, a software developed by Moka Studio and EPFL, lets you generate 3D animation without sophisticated training.

Computer Science - 06.07.2016
It’s Automatic: CMU Smartphone App Manages Your Privacy Preferences
Chalk up one more task a smartphone app may do better than you: figuring out your privacy settings. A field study suggests a personalized privacy assistant app being developed at Carnegie Mellon University can simplify the chore of setting permissions for your smartphone apps. That's a task that requires well over a hundred decisions, an unmanageable number for the typical user.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 29.06.2016
A new robot mimics vertebrate motion
A new robot mimics vertebrate motion
29.06.16 - Based on X-ray videos, EPFL scientists have invented a new robot that mimics the way salamanders walk and swim with unprecedented detail: a tool for understanding the evolution of vertebrate locomotion. EPFL scientists have invented a new robot that mimics the gait of a salamander with unprecedented detail.

Computer Science - 24.06.2016
They have discovered the key to optimizing information transfer
They have discovered the key to optimizing information transfer
24.06.16 - EPFL researchers have come up with a way to optimize information transfer, solving a problem that has confounded researchers for 60 years. Their breakthrough could enhance the quality of our , from smartphones to satellite transmissions and data storage. We all need to send and receive data, such as when ing a movie, saving photos to a hard drive and talking on the phone.

Computer Science - 10.06.2016
Artificial intelligence predicts the winners of Euro 2016 games
Artificial intelligence predicts the winners of Euro 2016 games
10.06.16 - EPFL researchers have developed a website that calculates the likely winners of Euro 2016 soccer games, using a more complex and accurate model than conventional statistical methods.

Computer Science - 08.06.2016
Think talking on your hands-free while driving is safe? Think again, says new research
Think talking on your hands-free while driving is safe? Think again, says new research
Think talking on your hands-free while driving is safe? Think again, says new research Think talking on your hands-free while driving is safe? Think again, says new research. Driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be just as distracting as talking on a hand-held mobile phone, psychologists at the University of Sussex have found.

Computer Science - 06.06.2016
Better info needed for gamblers on self exclusion »
Overall we found that self-exclusion was a positive and empowering process that is under-utilised in its potential to assist people experiencing harm from gambling. A study into a process used for minimising harm for problem gamblers has found little information in the community about self-exclusion or how people can access it.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 03.06.2016
The robot Thymio is finding its niche in French schools
The robot Thymio is finding its niche in French schools
03.06.16 - Thymio, the teaching robot designed by EPFL and widely used in French-speaking Switzerland, is now making inroads elsewhere in Europe.

Computer Science - History / Archeology - 30.05.2016
From mobile phone photo to virtual reality
From mobile phone photo to virtual reality
Completely ordinary photos are being transformed into clean, high-resolution 3D worlds thanks to algorithms from TU Wien.

Social Sciences - Computer Science - 26.05.2016
Women use warmer language than men on Facebook, finds new research
By analysing the language of 65,000 Facebook users, researchers have found that females used language that was characteristic of compassion and politeness, while masculine language was more hostile and impersonal.   The study also found, for the first time, that males and females used equally assertive language.

Computer Science - 25.05.2016
Augmented reality for firefighters
Augmented reality for firefighters
25.05.16 - An EPFL team is working on a smart visor that, combined with a thermal imaging camera, will help firefighters see what's around them in real time, even at night and in smoke.

Computer Science - 19.05.2016
Dynamic dazzle distorts speed
Dynamic dazzle distorts speed
Dazzle camouflage, as used on World War I battleships to fool U-boat commanders, has been modernised for the twenty-first century with moving patterns. New research from the University of Bristol, published in PLOS ONE, has found that these moving patterns can cause a marked change in perceived speed.