Category Archives: Computer Science

How neural networks think

General-purpose technique sheds light on inner workings of neural nets trained to process language. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Artificial-intelligence research has been transformed by machine-learning systems called neural networks, which learn how…

Making data centers more energy efficient

Flash-memory system could reduce power consumption of data center “caches” by 90 percent. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Most modern websites store data in databases, and since database queries are relatively slow, most…

Automatic image retouching on your phone

System can apply a range of styles in real-time, so that the viewfinder displays the enhanced image. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The data captured by today’s digital cameras is often treated as…

Learning with light: New system allows optical “deep learning”

Neural networks could be implemented more quickly using new photonic technology. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — “Deep Learning” computer systems, based on artificial neural networks that mimic the way the brain learns…

Wearable system helps visually impaired users navigate

Device provides information from a 3-D camera, via vibrating motors and a Braille interface. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Computer scientists have been working for decades on automatic navigation systems to aid the…

As computing moves to cloud, UW-Madison spinoff offers faster, cleaner chip for data centers

Whether you are tagging a photo in Facebook, asking Siri for directions to an eatery, or translating French into English, much of the action happens far from your phone or…

The key to private and efficient data storage

Cloud storage services, like Dropbox and Gmail, may soon be able to better manage your content, giving you more storage capacity while still being unable to ‘read’ your data. People…

SAVI camera ditches long lens for distant images

Rice, Northwestern imaging array proves adept at capturing details as small as a fingerprint HOUSTON – A unique camera that can capture a detailed micron-resolution image from a distance uses…

Internet Atlas maps the physical internet to enhance security

Despite the internet-dependent nature of our world, a thorough understanding of the internet’s physical makeup has only recently emerged, thanks to painstaking work by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers and their…

Faster page loads

System allocates data center bandwidth more fairly, so no part of a webpage lags behind others. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A webpage today is often the sum of many different components. A…