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UC Berkeley Research Center Aims to Develop Second Generation of Surgical Robots

The New York Times

University of California (UC), Berkeley scientists are establishing the Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robots, a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical tasks, enabling human doctors to concentrate on the most challenging and complex aspects of operations. "Our goal is to help surgeons focus on the critical aspects of surgery, rather than having to perform each tedious and repetitive subtask," says UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg. In May, the researchers presented a ...

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New 'Surveyman' Software Promises to Revolutionize Survey Design and Accuracy

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) track of the ACM SIGPLAN conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity recently honored University of Massachusetts at Amherst doctoral student Emma Tosch with its Best Paper award. The recognition came for her work on a first-of-its-kind software system designed to improve the accuracy and trustworthiness of surveys. A free and publicly available tool, "Surveyman" can identify problems in any survey from the design st...

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Indiana University Adds Data Science Master's Degree to Keep Pace with Growing Big Data Job Demands

The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing has announced a new master’s degree in the rapidly expanding field of data science. The inaugural class of students will begin the program in January. The new degree program capitalizes on the existing breadth of research and study at the school, with courses coming from computer science, informatics, information science, library science and statistics. There are two paths through the degree -- a technical path and a decision-maker path -- allowing students to easily customize the program to meet their professional goals. To rea...

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UC Berkeley Research Center Aims to Develop Second Generation of Surgical Robots

The New York Times

University of California (UC), Berkeley scientists are establishing the Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robots, a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical tasks, enabling human doctors to concentrate on the most challenging and complex aspects of operations. "Our goal is to help surgeons focus on the critical aspects of surgery, rather than having to perform each tedious and repetitive subtask," says UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg. In May, the researchers presented a ...

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Data Mining Reveals How News Coverage Varies Around the World

Technology Review

Qatar Computing Research Institute researchers Haewoon Kwak and Jisun An analyzed news agendas in different parts of the world to see how the coverage reflects actual international events. They developed a cartogram by forming a database of 195,000 disasters occurring between April 2013 and July 2014. The disasters were reported by more than 10,000 news outlets, and Kwak and An noted the countries in which each news outlet was based and counted the published stories from other parts of the world. They then created a map of the world showing where the n...

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The Ralph L. Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Engineering Innovation at Ohio State University

Application Deadline – February 3, 2015

The award will be presented to a faculty team or to an individual faculty member in the College of Engineering that has made outstanding contributions to the improvement of undergraduate engineering education. The award is meant to recognize the demonstrated impact of innovation in the education process, including the design, development and application of new pedagogy, teaching tools (e.g., multi-media), and assessment methodologies on the overall quality of the undergraduate engineering education process/experience at O...

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TACC Announces HIPAA/FISMA Compliance for UT System Medical Researchers

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin today announced the availability of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant computing and data systems for all University of Texas System medical researchers and their collaborators. HIPAA is the federal law that protects personalized health information (PHI). To read further, please visit https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/-/tacc-announces-hipaa-fisma-compliance-for-ut-system-...

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(Cloud+ Super) Computing = Results at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Can cloud computing replace supercomputers like Blue Waters in the future? No, says Vijay Pande, director of the biophysics program at Stanford University. He says both are critical to his study of serious diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer. Pande's lab uses cloud computing through Google Exacycle to run many detailed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of protein folding independent of one another. Google's computing infrastructure supplies all the computing power and researchers apply for time. This example of cloud computing (also called distributed computing), is great for raw compu...

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Rice University Professor Richard Tapia in the News

Richard Tapia was interviewed on HISD’s HISD Up Close with Juliet Stipeche. To view the interview, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MswIZQuMpuUAdditionally,  Professor Tapia has being named one of the 2014 Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award recipients. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to higher education, college readiness and promoting greater participation of underrepresented students in the sciences. By way of background, Richard Tapia is a professor at Rice University in the Computational and Applied Mathematics Department and a national ...

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How Many Scholarly Papers Are on the Web? At Least 114 million, Professor Finds

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers recently conducted a study of two major academic search engines to estimate the number of scholarly documents available on the Web. They calculated the number by studying the overlap in coverage of Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search. Google Scholar is a freely accessible Web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines, while Microsoft Academic Search is a free public search engine for academic papers and literature. The researchers used statistical methods t...

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