Thursday, May 25, 2017

Teaching robots to teach other robots

Most robots are programmed using one of two methods: learning from demonstration, in which they watch a task being done and then replicate it, or via motion-planning techniques such as optimization or sampling, which...

MIT researchers develop new way to clear pollutants from water

When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at MIT could provide a selective alternative for...

An ear for political language

When Tony Blair won a landslide victory in 1997, ending 18 years of Conservative Party rule in Britain, Tom O’Grady celebrated. “I was watching TV and cheering on my sofa at 1 a.m.,” he...

High-temperature devices made from films that bend as they “breathe”

Carrying out maintenance tasks inside a nuclear plant puts severe strains on equipment, due to extreme temperatures that are hard for components to endure without degrading. Now, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have come...

Penn State Berks offers cyber security camp

This summer, Penn State Berks will host two GenCyber camps for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders. The camps are funded by a GenCyber grant that Penn State Berks received from the National Security...

Statistics and Data Science Center holds inaugural conference

The first annual Statistics and Data Science Center Day (SDSCon) at MIT highlighted a variety of research projects, including efforts to better understand gene editing, climate change, microcredit programs, international trade, and recommendation systems. The...

IST professor, veteran planning to retire, but not slow down

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — From serving in Vietnam at age 19 to earning his doctorate at 52, Stan Aungst's life has played out differently than he initially planned.Upon being drafted a year out of...

IST lecturer to retire with accomplishments in diversity, industry

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jan Mahar Sturdevant, senior lecturer of information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State, is retiring after 17 years with the college. During her career, she has taught a variety...

Sandwiched between superconductors, graphene adopts exotic electronic states

In normal conductive materials such as silver and copper, electric current flows with varying degrees of resistance, in the form of individual electrons that ping-pong off defects, dissipating energy as they go. Superconductors, by...

Making 3-D printing as simple as printing on paper

If you haven’t used a 3-D printer yet, you may be surprised to learn that it isn’t fully automated the way your office’s inkjet is. With paper printers, users queue documents from a computer, and...