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The inflatable bridge

The concrete dome, which is then cut on both ends, creating a bridge. Credit: Vienna University of Technology A wildlife crossing over the upcoming Koralm railway is being built using a new construction technique developed by TU Wien. Traditional support structures are replaced by an air cushion. The shell construction methods which are usually used to build bridges and domes generally rely on expensive support structures. However, a team of engineers from TU Wien have now developed a new technique…

‘Listening’ drone helps find victims needing rescue in disasters

Blue circles on the map (top right) indicate the detected sound source locations.https://youtu.be/xsD4saM6vFo Credit: Kumamoto Univiversity, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Waseda University “Robot audition” is a research area that was proposed by Adjunct Professor Kazuhiro Nakadai of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Professor Hiroshi G. Okuno of Waseda University in 2000. Until then, robots had not been able to recognize voices unless a microphone was near a person’s mouth. Development of “robot ears” began advancing with the…

Topic Modeling – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Optimizing for Human Interpretability Problem Have you ever skimmed through a large amount of text and wanted to quickly understand the general trends, topics, or themes that it contains? This ranges from that book you never finished for book club to parsing through user feedback and comments at work. Well, rest-assured you’re not alone and there are tools out there to help you accomplish this feat, such as topic modeling. Topic modeling is a type of unsupervised machine learning that…

Continuous Improvement – Medium Engineering

Continuous improvement is a core value of our culture here at Medium. Recently, we introduced a new RCA process to help us better understand why things go wrong and how we can improve our service and processes. RCA stands for Root Cause Analysis. The goal of the analysis is to identify the root causes of an incident so it can be learned from and the incident can be prevented in the future. An incident can be unexpected downtime, an out…

Venice Hybrid: Doing Lambda Better

Over the last two years at LinkedIn, I’ve been working on a distributed key-value database called “Venice.” Venice is designed to be a significant improvement to Voldemort Read-Only for serving derived data. In late 2016, Venice started serving production traffic for batch use cases that were very similar to the existing uses of Voldemort Read-Only. In the time since then, we’ve built out the rest of the functionality to complete the dream that motivated the construction of Venice: the ability…

MU Engineering’s Shyu co-chair of two key IEEE conferences

The recent BIBM event focused on five key themes: genomics and molecular structure, function and evolution; computational systems biology; medical informatics and translational bioinformatics; cross-cutting computational methods and bioinformatics infrastructures; and healthcare informatics. Being chosen to chair an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference of any kind is both a great honor and massive undertaking, one entrusted only to the most prolific researchers in the field. Mizzou Engineering’s Chi-Ren Shyu is set to chair two in the…

Netflix Now Supports HDR on Windows 10 – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

by Maria Kazandjieva, Greg Freedman, Matt Trunnell We are thrilled to announce the addition of High Dynamic Range (HDR) support on Windows 10 for both the Edge browser and the Netflix app. With this update, Netflix members who have a supported device and a premium plan can enjoy amazing Netflix movies and shows in HDR. With HDR enabled, fans can immerse themselves in the delicious colors of Chef’s Table, the terrifying depths of the Upside Down in Stranger Things 2, and…

New company’s technology lets quadriplegics use the phone without physical assistance

A day after Oded Ben Dov appeared on Israeli television to promote his video game technology, which allowed players to control their games by moving their heads, a viewer called him with another suggestion for the software. “I can’t move my arms or legs,” the viewer told him. “Can you make a smartphone that I can use?” That conversation more than four years ago led to the creation of Open Sesame, an app that allows people to control a…

New occupancy detection device designed to save home energy use

Ya Wang, center, and her Mechanical Engineering students are testing the SLEEPIR sensor prototype in the laboratory. Credit: Stony Brook University Photoelectric infrared (PIR) sensors are the current choice for occupancy presence detection in buildings. The sensors are used for smart thermostats to control heating and cooling based on occupancy. A major problem is that these PIR sensors only detect individuals who are moving. A Stony Brook University research team is developing a new type of PIR sensor that is…

Digital App Marketplace can help Governments improve Public Sector Operations.

A government digital app marketplace is a digital storefront where a government can showcase its cloud-based applications for general public or internal use. This gives emerging civic technologists and startups a single platform to launch their innovations for a greater good of the society. The apps could provide novel implementations of the engaging public, having transparent systems, providing alerts and updates about new policies, declaring emergency conditions, providing identify verification, etc. All such applications would be part of one government…