UBC Thunderbird Robotics hosts the 7th Annual International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition (IARRC) over the July 23rd – 24th weekend. IARRC is aimed at promoting R&D efforts into fully autonomous small-size ground vehicles – in particular the associated artificial intelligence software systems that run these vehicles. Student teams attending in the competition are expected to […]

From ASEE update: Popular Science (6/16, Dillow) reports on Kilobots, small robots designed by Self Organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard that according to the article “demonstrate some interesting swarm behaviors, even if they’re not necessarily ‘doing’ anything yet.” The article features a video of the small robots performing a variety of tasks. The robots […]

The Chicago Tribune (3/14, Ford) reports that “Monday is Pi Day,” in honor of “the number that expresses the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter” and “starts with 3.14159. Thus, March 14, or 3/14, for Pi Day.” The celebration started in San Francisco in 1989 and “has spread around the world, and math […]

This week, IBM computer named Watson will play against the two best human Jeopardy players, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Watson is an effort by I.B.M. researchers to advance a set of techniques used to process human language. It provides striking evidence that computing systems will no longer be limited to responding to simple commands. […]

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