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Recent News Stories - August 06, 2012

  • August 03, 2012: Big data as a tool for detecting (and punishing?) bullies. GigaOM via Google News. "A group of researchers has developed a machine learning model that can detect tweets relating to bullying, and even identify bullies, victims and witnesses. How the model works and what it found In order to train their model, the researchers fed it two sets of tweets one they had determined to be about bullying activity and another that was not. Once the model had learned the language identifiers of tweets relating to bullying, it was time to turn it loose on real-world tweets. Not only did the system start identifying a great number of tweets, but it also discovered time patterns (they occur most frequently during the school week) and was able to pick out who played what role in the bullying." (info) back to top
Ethics, MachineLearning

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  • August 05, 2012: Zeno. Phys.Org via Google News. "( -- Hanson Robotics is showing its new humanoid robot boy that belongs in its Robokind portfolio of robots, a 2012 reincarnation of its earlier cartoonlike Zeno boy but this time more humanoid with an array of gestures and eye movements. Observers note that such smaller cousins will be the way that the company can break into a wider mass market than can presently accommodate the high prices of Hansons high-end robots priced from $8500 to $14,750 and targeted for special robotics and psychology research. This price range represents different models of robots with different capabilities depending on what their research clients needrobots that can move but have expressionless faces, robots with expressive faces that cannot move, or robots that can do both. For those who subscribe to the uncanny theory of human-like robots being disturbingly like their human companions, Hanson thinks otherwise and has founded his companys future on the belief that humanoid robots will increasingly occupy a place in science." (info) back to top

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  • July 31, 2012: Why Siri Is Still the Future. ScientificAmerican. "Researchers at the Center for Laser Applications at the University of Tennessee Space Institutehave invented a system that useslasers to find, map, and non-invasively destruct cancerous tumors. Once the cancerous area is precisely targeted, the intensity of the laser radiation would be turned up to irradiate, or burn off, the tumor. Because the femtosecond laser radiation can be precisely focused both spatially and temporally, one can avoid heating up too many other things that you do not want heated, said Parigger." (info) back to top
Speech, NaturalLanguage

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  • August 03, 2012: New generation of virtual humans helping to train psychologists. ScienceDaily. "New technology has led to the creation of virtual humans who can interact with therapists via a computer screen and realistically mimic the symptoms of a patient with clinical psychological disorders, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association's 120th Annual Convention. As this technology continues to improve, it will have a significant impact on how clinical training is conducted in psychology and medicine, said psychologist and virtual reality technology expert Albert Skip Rizzo, PhD, who demonstrated recent advancements in virtual reality for use in psychology. Rizzo's virtual reality laboratory is working on the next generation of virtual patients using information from this and related user tests, and will further modify the characters for military clinical training, which the U.S. Department of Defense is funding, he said. Some future patients that are in development are virtual veterans with depression and suicidal thoughts, for use in training clinicians and other military personnel how to recognize the risk for suicide or violence." (info) back to top
NaturalLanguage, Education, Speech

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  • August 01, 2012: Identifying dolphins with technology. ScienceDaily. "Researchers photograph dolphins in their natural surroundings and compare new dorsal fin photographs against a catalogue of previously identified dolphins, explains Kelly Debure, professor of computer science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Debure, along with Eckerd students, developed DARWIN, or Digital Analysis and Recognition of Whale Images on a Network, a computer program that simplifies photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins by applying computer vision and signal processing techniques to automate much of the tedious manual photo-id process. It effectively performs registration of image data to compensate for the fact that the photographs are taken from different angles and distances and compares digital images of new dorsal fins with a database of previously identified fins. The system utilizes a variety of image processing and computer vision algorithms to perform the matching process that identifies those previously cataloged fins which most closely resemble the unknown fin." (info) back to top
Vision, MachineLearning

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  • August 05, 2012: Pioneer of cognitive psychology dies at 92. News & Observer via Google News. "George A. Miller, an iconoclastic scholar who helped topple the behaviorist school of psychology and replace it with cognitive science, a shift that amounted to no less than a revolution in the study of the human mind, died July 22 at his home in Plainsboro, N.J. Before Miller, Bruner and Noam Chomsky came on the scene, the field of psychology was dominated by behaviorists such as B.F. Reflecting on the transformation of psychology that he helped bring about, Miller told the New York Times that the field was like a dog turning around three times before it lies down. Bruner said that Miller helped put the emphasis back on the human being as a mental being who observes the world, processes information, commits it to memory and makes decisions. In that essay, Miller observed that for most people, short-term memory is limited to about seven chunks of information." (info) back to top
CognitiveScience, History

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  • August 01, 2012: Development of the first indoor UAV test site underway. The Northwest Florida Daily News via Google News. "Airman Gerald is a 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Raven operator.Local economic development leaders want Okaloosa County to be at the forefront of developing and testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and are developing the first indoor UAV test site in the region. The Economic Development Council has completed a feasibility study for the Autonomous Vehicle Center and is working with agencies and organizations across Florida to develop a 45,000-square-foot building that will be used to test small unmanned air and ground vehicles. The Autonomous Vehicle Center will be built on UFs Research and Engineering Education Facility property off Lewis Turner Boulevard. The domed building would allow small vehicles to fly up to 50 feet in the air." (info) back to top

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  • August 05, 2012: Sharpen your Mandarin skills with Android app. Techgoondu via Google News. "A Singapore-based company has launched a new Android app that helps students and adults learn Mandarin on the go. iQ-Hubs client relationship manager Sabine Tjia said the app will address the limitations of rote learning and provides self-learners an easy way to practice spoken Mandarin.Besides tuition centres and new residents, the company is targeting airlines and the service industry, where frontline staff may be required to learn Mandarin to converse with the growing number of Chinese tourists in Singapore. While most speech recognition applications make use of waveform matching, iQ-Hub uses Advanced Speech Recognition (ASR) technology developed by Qooco, iQ-Hubs parent company in Beijing. Now, if ASR can improve the performance of existing voice recognition applications such as Apples Siri, which has difficulty understanding different accents, iQ-Hub may have just found a new revenue stream beyond its own learning app." (info) back to top
NaturalLanguage, Speech

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