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Category: Computer Engineering

Elephants Learn to Cooperate to Reach Their Objective

This clip shows elephants learning to work together to achieve what they can’t achieve alone (from BBC’s Super Smart Animals). It is interesting to see what animals are capable of. See the related post links for more amazing animal behavior. Related: Insightful Problem Solving in an Asian Elephant (2007) – Crows can Perform as Well as 7 to 10-year-olds on cause-and-effect Water Displacement Tasks – Beehive Fence Protects Farms from Elephants – Capuchin Monkeys Don’t Like Being Paid Less Than…

Text for your sales reports using Twilio Functions and Square

Square’s Developer team just got back from SIGNAL 2017, where we made a mash-up of the Twilio and Square APIs. The Idea When building an application for your business (or many businesses) notifications are an important layer to that experience. Twilio has a number of products that allow you to add communications and messaging to your app, but we tried out out the newly released Twilio Functions to build an experience that adds extra value without having to complicate your existing…

Applications of (pin)trace data – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Suman Karumuri | Pinterest tech lead, Visibility To ensure we’re providing a fast experience for Pinners, we’re constantly improving the request latency of our backend services. Earlier this year, we open sourced Pintrace collector, and contributed the code to the OpenZipkin community. In a previous post, we explained the architecture of Pintrace and how we trace backend applications. In addition to using Pintrace to understand and improve the latency of our backend, we’ve developed applications of trace data to solve…

Miniaturizing America’s tallest dam

Engineers at the Utah Water Research Lab constructed a 1:50 scale model of the Oroville Dam spillway. Credit: Matt Jensen/Utah State University Engineers at Utah State University’s Utah Water Research Laboratory have constructed a 1:50 scale model of the Oroville Dam spillway. Chief engineers Dr. Michael Johnson and Dr. Zachary Sharp worked with a team of 15 engineers and technicians to construct the working model in just 40 days. The approximately 100-foot-long, 60-foot-wide model replicates the spillway in its…

Today in 1922, Illinois professor showed how movies could talk

Joseph Tykociner with the equipment he developed for sound-on-film movies at the University of Illinois in 1922. Credit: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Today in 1922, an Illinois professor showed how movies could talk. Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Joseph Tykociner had given several private demonstrations of his inventions, but on June 9, 1922, he gave his first public lecture and demonstration of his sound on film apparatus. A film of his demonstration was one of the first to successfully…

How the brain recognizes what the eye sees — ScienceDaily

If you think self-driving cars can’t get here soon enough, you’re not alone. But programming computers to recognize objects is very technically challenging, especially since scientists don’t fully understand how our own brains do it. Now, Salk Institute researchers have analyzed how neurons in a critical part of the brain, called V2, respond to natural scenes, providing a better understanding of vision processing. The work is described in Nature Communications on June 8, 2017. “Understanding how the brain recognizes visual…

Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Internship – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Each summer we see an infusion of fresh energy in the office, which means that intern season has officially kicked off! The Bay Area increases by a few thousand students looking to work on some of the most challenging but intellectually satisfying problems in the world. Square is fortunate to welcome interns this summer from various schools around the US and Canada who will work in functions across the company, including software, mechanical and electrical engineering, product management, design, hardware,…

Interning with LinkedIn’s Analytics Team

Open house opening speech and breakout session   To summarize, each of the aspects of our hiring strategy yielded exposure to top-notch candidates, and collectively resulted in a wonderful summer intern class. Additionally, the hands-on experiences like the campus recruiting and open house helped us further our goal of expanding our ties to the data science community.  Looking forward to next year, we’d like to continue implementing these techniques. Additionally, we’ll be brainstorming other ways we can showcase to students…

Tumblr Engineering — Introducing Graywater for Android

As a platform that prides itself on being a home for artists and creatives alike, it only makes sense that we allow our users to fully customize their Tumblrs to fully express themselves. Here at Tumblr, the world is your oyster not only in terms of looks but also in how you create your theme. I wanted to demonstrate how you too can develop a theme using Redux and React. Since there are plenty of docs and tutorials on how…

Meet our engineers – Charlie Pastuszenski

What’s your name and where are you from? My name is Charlie and I come from the US and grew up in Massachusetts. Before moving to Stockholm, I lived and worked for Spotify in New York City. What do you do at Spotify? I am a machine learning engineer. I spend my time writing data pipelines to generate training data for the machine learning models that my team and I implement. I also work on building backend services that use…