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ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award - Nomination Deadline: October 31, 2014

Nomination Deadline – October 31, 2014

The ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science. Each year ACM will honor a preeminent woman computer scientist as the Athena Lecturer. Speakers are nominated by SIG officers. The Athena Lecturer will give a one-hour invited talk at an ACM conference determined by the speaker and the SIG which nominated her. A video of the talk will appear on the ACM website. The award includes travel expenses to the meeting and a $10,000 honorarium. Financial suppor...

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Carnegie Mellon Develops HERB: A Robot That Can Unload a Dishwasher and (Sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo

The Washington Post

In an interview, Carnegie Mellon University Personal Computer Lab director and professor Siddhartha Srinivasa discusses his work with the Home Exploring Robot Butler (HERB). The robot has advanced manipulation skills that enable it to perform multiple functions, including unloading a dishwasher, disassembling an Oreo cookie, and acting in a play. "[HERB] was designed and developed with the main goal of manipulating in cluttered and uncertain environments with and around people," Srinivasa notes. HERB was programmed to take the Oreo apart through the ...

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Why the U.S. Might Just Need a Federal Commission on Robots

The Washington Post

University of Washington School of Law professor Ryan Calo makes a compelling argument for establishing a Federal Robotics Commission (FRC), according to a paper published by the Brookings Institution. Calo says an FRC could potentially help extract sense and insight from the many technological applications that separate human agency from execution. As an example of where such a body could be useful, he cites the U.S. Department of Transportation's assignment to investigate possible software issues underlying the sudden acceleration of Toyota vehicle...

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Researchers' New App Outs iPhone and Android Phone Energy Hogs

Network World

Researchers from the University of Helsinki and the University of California, Berkeley have developed Carat, free iOS and Android software that identifies which apps drain the most power from device batteries and visualizes fragmentation in Apple and Android mobile operating systems. Carat already has produced live stats based on about two terabytes of data taken from more than 300,000 apps downloaded by about 750,000 users. Carat takes measurements of app energy use on a device and combines that data with hundreds of thousands of other users' data. Curren...

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Cray Launches Hadoop into HPC Airspace

HPCwire

There has been little doubt that the convergence of traditional high performance computing with advanced analytics has been steadily underway, fed in part by a rush of new tools, frameworks and platforms targeting the big data deluge. And when one thinks about the old guard of supercomputing, Cray is one of the first vendors to come to mind, although they’ve been steadily ramping up efforts to mesh into the broader world of enterprise systems with their own slant on the big data phenomenon. First came the company’s Urika graph analytics appliance just a littl...

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Educator Webinar: NASA STEM Spanish Immersion- National Climate Assessment in Spanish

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 4-5pm ET

Investigate the National Climate Assessment (or NCA) report during Earth Science Week with Research Scientist Alison Delgado. Get an in-depth view on how our climate is changing and what observations are telling us all in Spanish. Discover how to integrate the National Climate Assessment into your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classroom through NASA hands-on activities in Spanish. Engage students with NASA unique projects including how to use clouds, climate and weather through NASA’s Students�...

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How a Race for Female Tech Talent Might Narrow the Industry’s Gender Pay Gap

In report after report, companies like Apple, Google and Facebook all acknowledge that their workforces tilt heavily male. Silicon Valley companies are notoriously dominated by men, particularly in leadership roles and in jobs involving advanced technical skills. Men account for 7 in 10 workers at Twitter, for example. Many of these companies have ple...

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An Alliance of Major Players to Guide Open Source Software

The New York Times

Several large technology firms have formed the TODO Project, a group dedicated to expediting and making open source development more focused. TODO, which stands for "talk openly, develop openly," was the brainchild of Facebook's open source team. Other founding members include Google and Twitter, cloud storage firms Box and Dropbox, open source repository Github, and online learning platform Khan Academy. Although the group has not announced what open source software it plans to focus on, it has said its priorities will be promoting standards for upda...

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HPC UNIVERSITY BI-WEEKLY CHALLENGE- Hybrid Parallel Pan Water Cycle

RELEASE DATE:
October 13, 2014

TITLE:
Hybrid Parallel Pan Water Cycle

SUMMARY:
This problem challenges you to create a hybrid MPI+OpenMP model of a water cycle in a pan of water.

QUESTION:
The model in this problem is based on Shodor's Pan Water Cycle model (http://www.shodor.org/tal...

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Iowa State University to Utilize Cori Supercomputer for Research

A team of Iowa State University nuclear physicists is preparing to scale up its computer codes for Cori, the next-generation supercomputer being developed by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. Iowa State’s Pieter Maris and James Vary want to use the supercomputer to study the basic physics of the burning sun and exploding stars. Those studies could one day lead to safer, more efficient forms of nuclear power. “We’ll work with a select group of top computer scientists and applied mathematicians to co-develop new math algorithms and new schemes in order to get t...

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