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Stefanie Tellex Serves As An Advisor For A New Children's Book About Robots

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If we posit a not-so-distant future where robots are ubiquitous, it stands to reason that we need writers to ground portrayals of them in reality. We say good-bye to crazed androids from pulp magazines who inexplicably try to kidnap beautiful women, and ...

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Amy Greenwald Gives A Keynote Address At Microsoft's Faculty Summit 2017

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"Humans make hundreds of routine decisions daily," explains Professor Amy Greenwald of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS). "More often than not, the impact of our decisions depends on the decisions of others. As AI progresses, we're offloading ...

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Brown Receives $1.5M To Establish A Data Science Research Institute

by Kevin Stacey (Science News Writer, Physical Sciences)

Less than one year after launching its Data Science Initiative (DSI), Brown University has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation to establish a new research institute aimed at developing mathematical and computational tools for data-driven discovery.

Brown’s award is one ...

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Maurice Herlihy Gives A Keynote Address At PODC 2017 (Slides Included Below)

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The ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) is perhaps the most prominent international forum on the theory, design, analysis, implementation, and application of distributed systems and networks. Its common goal is to improve understanding of the principles underlying distributed computing ...

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Considering A Visit (Or A Move) To RI? Gives 100 Reasons

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Mad pursuit, wild ecstasy, all breathing human passion! (And that's just our donut selection.) shares a list of 100 things to do in Rhode Island.

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Bootstrap Teaches Rigorous Data Science In An Introductory Computing Module For K-12 Students

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From a deluge of job openings to new university programs, Data Science has become a hot topic. But if it’s so important, why wait until a student enters university to introduce it?

Children are natural data scientists! They argue about who was ...

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Eli Upfal Publishes A Much-Expanded Second Edition Of

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Professor Eli Upfal of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) and Michael Mitzenmacher of Harvard University have just released a significantly larger second edition of their widely-used textbook, Probability and Computing: Randomization and Probabilistic Techniques in Algorithms and Data ...

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In Memoriam: Peter Wegner, 1932-2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Peter Wegner, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, passed away this morning following a brief illness. Peter came to Brown almost fifty years ago, in 1969, and we remember him with great respect not just as educator, theorist, historian, and researcher, but as one of ...

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George Konidaris Collaborates To Help Robots See In Three Dimensions

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One of the biggest challenges to robots working autonomously is their lack of intuition. For example, in a task like grasping, intuition gives humans the ability to look at an object and instantly make sound judgments about its fragility, shape ...

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Bootstrap Takes The Spotlight At A National Week Of Professional Development For K-12 Teachers

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July 16-21 is CSPdWeek, five days aimed at providing much-needed professional development for America's growing CS Educator Community, and Bootstrap (a CS literacy curriculum used worldwide that's directed by Kathi FislerShriram Krishnamurthi, and Emmanuel Schanzer ...