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Smart City Crowd Sensing for Better Emergency Management

Mar 02, 2017
Devices & Systems

With the use of crowd sensing, researchers created an emergency response system that will better inform responders, and the public, of a rising threat.

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Kinetic Energy Harvesting Lighting the Way for Urban Planning

Jan 06, 2017

With kinetic energy harvesting and wearable devices, researchers have created a system capable of detecting a user’s transportation mode to inform urban planning.

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Making the Smart Grid “Green” is All about Reducing the Black Hole of Big Data Energy Use

Nov 22, 2016

The smart grid is not as green as it seems. Researchers spent several years coming up with a six-plane approach on how to boost big data’s energy profile for an overall more efficient grid flow.

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Improving Service Robots with Insights from Blind People

Oct 27, 2016
Devices & Systems

When researchers set out to improve service robots to guide blind people, they uncovered user-experience guidelines that could be helpful for everybody.

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Anticipating Human Behavior Brings Robot Responses to a New Level of Efficiency

Sep 29, 2016
Devices & Systems

Robots are now more safe, efficient and lifelike with a CRF model that generates a correct robot response through anticipating future human actions.

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Advertising Algorithms Could Be the Solution to Gaining Communication Network Intelligence

Sep 02, 2016

Ad optimization algorithms could help identify patterns necessary to cracking complicated communication network topologies—and facilitate national-defense operations.