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Category: Civil Engineering

Q&A with Director of Computational Photography Michael F. Cohen

On July 29 at SIGGRAPH, Michael F. Cohen will receive the 2019 Steven A. Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics. The award is given to one individual every two years to honor outstanding lifetime contributions to computer graphics and interactive techniques. Cohen joined Facebook in Fall 2015 as Director of Facebook’s Computational Photography Research team, which was formed to explore new ways to share photos and videos online. Cohen is also an affiliate professor at the University…

Top Tips for Beginners In C#

C# is the fourth most popular programming language in the world. What makes C# so popular is the fact that it was developed by Microsoft and gets updated often, with new functions added regularly, making it a very useful and efficient language for software developers. C# was designed with beginners in mind. Since this programming language has a large number of functions in simple English, getting a C# certification is relatively easier. Let’s look at the top beginner tips you…

Researchers uncover new evidence for the origin of RNA splicing within human genes — ScienceDaily

Old-school Hollywood editors cut unwanted frames of film and patched in desired frames to make a movie. The human body does something similar — trillions of times per second — through a biochemical editing process called RNA splicing. Rather than cutting film, it edits the messenger RNA that is the blueprint for producing the many proteins found in cells. In their exploration of the evolutionary origins and history of RNA splicing and the human genome, UC San Diego biochemists Navtej…

Introducing Uber Poet, an Open Source Mock App Generator for Determining Faster Swift Builds

Given the scope and scale of Uber’s business, our Swift applications are some of the largest in the world. Each application possesses 500,000 to 1 million lines of shipping Swift and Objective-C code and about three times more lines of code in the form of tests and auto-generated mocks.  As a result of the makeup of our iOS apps, Swift compile times are an important consideration for our engineers. Just a couple years ago, clean build times with our Swift-based…

Showcasing the Technologies and Teams from Uber’s European Engineering Sites

With more than 15 million Uber trips happening daily across 700 cities and six continents worldwide, the core systems powering the Uber platform must be both scalable and reliable—a daunting ask for any engineering organization. Uber has more than a dozen global engineering sites, including several in Europe, that bring unique expertise and experiences to our technical teams and enable us to deliver innovative solutions on a global scale.  On June 13, 2019, Uber Engineering hosted a day-long event dedicated…

rebuilding Slack on the desktop

by Mark Christian and Johnny Rodgers A new version of Slack is rolling out for our desktop customers, built from the ground up to be faster, more efficient, and easier to work on. Photo by Caleb George on Unsplash Conventional wisdom holds that you should never rewrite your code from scratch, and that’s good advice. Time spent rewriting something that already works is time that won’t be spent making our customers working lives simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. And…

Introducing EvoGrad: A Lightweight Library for Gradient-Based Evolution

Tools that enable fast and flexible experimentation democratize and accelerate machine learning research. Take for example the development of libraries for automatic differentiation, such as Theano, Caffe, TensorFlow, and PyTorch: these libraries have been instrumental in catalyzing machine learning research, enabling gradient descent training without the tedious work of hand-computing derivatives. In these frameworks, it’s simple to experiment by adjusting the size and depth of a neural network, by changing the error function that is to be optimized, and even…

Mizzou Engineer leads regional research computing effort

A team of seven experts from universities across the region — led by Mizzou Engineering’s Timothy Middelkoop — recently received $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation to both meet regional research computing needs and provide workforce development to fill an emerging need in high-performance research computing. Many colleges and universities across the Midwest need comprehensive assistance with building or improving their cyberinfrastructure, but may not know exactly what they need or where to start. A team of seven experts…

Amenity Detection and Beyond — New Frontiers of Computer Vision at Airbnb

Build highly customized AI technologies into home-sharing products and help our guests belong anywhere. Authors: Shijing Yao, Dapeng Li, Shawn Chen What amenities are there in this image? Can an algorithm detect them all? How can we train the algorithm effectively? If you are interested in the answers, please read on! In 2018, we published a blog post titled Categorizing Listing Photos at Airbnb. In that post, we introduced an image classification model which categorized listing photos into different room…

Study provides framework for assessing historic wrought iron structures

The Institution of Civil Engineers will honor the research of Debra Laefer, a professor of civil and urban engineering at NYU Tandon, who employed terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) to examine Ireland’s historic Guinness Bridge. The research paper, published in the journal Engineering History and Heritage, garnered the 2019 Manby Prize from the institution, which lauded it for its exceptional quality and benefit to the civil engineering, construction and materials science community. Credit: Brigitte Brückner-Uhlenhuth The Institution of Civil Engineers will…