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MU partners with national defense center on national security projects

Alan Van Nevel, head of research at the NAVAIR facility; College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Success Hani Salim and College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean of Research J. Chris Pires discussed their institutions’ partnership during a recent trip to NAVAIR’s China Lake, Calif., facility. Photo courtesy of Hani Salim. The University of Missouri and the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) recently entered into an Education Partnership Agreement, an…

Optical training of neural networks could lead to more efficient artificial intelligence — ScienceDaily

Researchers have shown that it is possible to train artificial neural networks directly on an optical chip. The significant breakthrough demonstrates that an optical circuit can perform a critical function of an electronics-based artificial neural network and could lead to less expensive, faster and more energy efficient ways to perform complex tasks such as speech or image recognition. “Using an optical chip to perform neural network computations more efficiently than is possible with digital computers could allow more complex problems…

How Our Hackathon Culture Pushes Innovation to the Next Level at Wayfair – Wayfair Tech Blog

I’m Mike Festa and I’m the director of Wayfair Next. We are a team of 25 engineers carrying out R&D with cutting edge technology. We partner with other leading tech companies, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Magic Leap, to bring new experiences to our customers on their emerging platforms. What are we working on, you ask? We’re excited and currently completing projects that span AR/VR, 3D Scanning, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and 3D Tools. There is a lot in…

CEOs Leading the World Into the Cloud: Ginni Rometty

Cloud computing has transformed the tech world in a short time, pushing businesses of all kinds to adopt software and services that can be used anywhere and on any machine. Some huge hardware and software companies have been left behind, but others have changed the way they work and what they offer to become major providers of cloud computing technology. This is the third article in a three-part series on the CEOs of some of the largest tech companies in…

New research examines the amounts different sectors spent on lobbying on climate-related issues in the US between 2000 and 2016 — ScienceDaily

Climate lobbying is big business. A new analysis shows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists spent more than two billion dollars on influencing relevant legislation in the US Congress. Unsurprisingly, sectors that could be negatively affected by bills limiting carbon emissions, such as the electrical utilities sector, fossil fuel companies and transportation corporations had the deepest pockets. Their lobbying efforts dwarfed those of environmental organizations, the renewable energy industry and volunteer groups. These results are published in Springer’s journal Climatic…

IPv6 in China

Photo by chuttersnap / Unsplash At the end of 2017, Xinhua reported that there will be 200 Million IPv6 users inside Mainland China by the end of this year. Halfway into the year, we’re seeing a rapid growth in IPv6 users and traffic originating from Mainland China. Why does this matter? IPv6 is often referred to the next generation of IP addressing. The reality is, IPv6 is what is needed for addressing today. Taking the largest mobile network in China…

Operationalizing Node.js for Server Side Rendering – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

As Airbnb builds more of its Frontend around Server Side Rendering, we took a look at how to optimize our server configurations to support it. At Airbnb, we have spent years steadily migrating all Frontend code to a consistent architecture where entire web pages are written as a hierarchy of React components hydrated with data from our API. The role Ruby on Rails plays in getting the web to the browser is reduced every day. In fact, soon we will be…

Building data services to bring education to millions, Part III

Piloting Self-Serve Analytics as a Service This post is Part III of the “Building Data Services” series (Part II here). Last month, we shared how we employ embedded analytics to power Coursera’s In-Platform Dashboards, serving ready-made descriptive and advanced analytics to partner institutions and enterprise customers. In this post, we summarize another application we piloted last year to support more custom analytical explorations for our partners: Self-Serve Analytics-as-a-Service. The target customer we had in mind was stakeholders in partner institutions…

Researchers develop DIY field imaging system

The constructed system taken earlier the summer of 2018. Credit: Alex Susko Farmers and plant breeders can now build their own automated field camera track system to collect data on dynamic plant traits, such as crop lodging and movement, as it’s happening in the field to help reduce losses in crop yield. A team of University of Minnesota researchers led by Alex Susko, doctoral candidate and member of the Precision Agriculture Center in CFANS, developed the system to capture videos…

Data Center Innovation: Developing and Broadening with the Community in Mind

Over the last few years, LinkedIn members have started to engage with the platform in exciting new ways. Instead of just posting short-form text updates, they’re also sharing long-form posts, photos, and videos. This is driving exponential growth in global site traffic demands and a corresponding increase in the demands made of our data centers. As a result, my team faced an interesting problem: we needed to find new ways to innovate for this kind of hyperscale growth. Community involvement…