Week in Review: Dec 6 – Dec 12

December 11, 2015

Meet the Military-Funded Artificial Intelligence that Learns as Fast as a Human
A computer program, funded in large part by the U.S. military, has displayed the ability to learn and generate new ideas as quickly and accurately as can a human. While the scope of the research was limited to understanding handwritten characters, the breakthrough could have big consequences for military’s ability to collect, analyze and act on image data, according to the researchers and military scientists. That, in turn, could lead to far more capable drones, far faster intelligence collection, and far swifter targeting through artificial intelligence.

December 7, 2015

SF State physicist named fellow in American Physical Society
Zhigang Chen, San Francisco State University professor of physics and astronomy, has been elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field of physics.

The Cocktail Party Problem
Gerald Kidd (from left), Jayaganesh Swaminathan, and Elin Roverud, a SAR potdoctoral associate, study the cocktail party problem: why it’s so hard to distinguish one voice in a crowd and can musical training help?

Nanotube letters spell progress
Never mind the ABCs. Rice University scientists interested in nanotubes are studying their XYΩs. Carbon nanotubes grown in a furnace aren’t always straight. Sometimes they curve and kink, and sometimes they branch off in several directions. The Rice researchers realized they now had the tools available to examine just how tough those branches are.

MCornell Tech announced on Thursday, December 10, the formation of one of the world’s leading research groups specializing in cybersecurity, privacy and cryptography. All four scientists in the group are known for their influence on industry, non-profit and government practice, as well as for their highly-cited and award-winning research results.