Asian Computer Science Stars

The Indian subcontinent is a driving force of the software industry and Japan has always been innovators and first adopters of technology. The data representation we use for numbers and the first algorithms were devised by Hindu mathematicians. Wonderful research has been done by modern stars with Asian heritage (wherever they were born or work).

Sameena Shah: News you can trust

Having reliable news matters. Artificial Intelligence expert Sameena Shah gave news provider Thomson Reuters a head start with her Artificial Intelligence system for detecting fake news automatically. … (read on)

Suresh Neethirajan: I’m feeling moo-dy today

It has long been an aim of computer scientists to develop software that can work out how a person is feeling. Are you happy or sad, frustrated or lonely? If the software can tell then it can adapt to you moods, changing its behaviour or offering advice. Suresh Neethirajan has gone step further. He has
developed a program that detects the emotions of farm animals … (read on)

Kavin Narasimhan: Understanding parties

Kavin Narasimhan studied how people move and form groups at parties, creating realistic computer models of what is going on. Her work could help avatars and robots behave more realistically, for example. … (read on)

Jiayu Song: Opinions, opinions, opinions

Multicoloured speech bubbles with a colourful cross-hairs target in the centre

Social media is full of people’s opinions, whether about politics, movies, things they bought, celebrities or just something in the news. However, sometimes there is just too much of it. Sometimes, you just want an overview. PhD student Jiayu Song is working on automatically summarising opinions with her supervisor, Professor Maria Liakata. It is all about finding a point that represents the “central” meaning… (read on)

Annie Lu Luo: Cognitive Crash Test Dummies

Cartoon showing a crash test dummy in a sitting position.

Wherever you turn people are using gadgets, and those gadgets are guzzling energy – energy that we desperately need to save. We are all doomed, doomed…unless of course a hero rides in on a white charger to save us from ourselves. That is where cognitive crash dummies come in! It is the idea of Bonnie John and Annie Lu Luo: designing tools to predict in advance which interface designs are easiest to use but also how much energy different designs will use … (read on)

More to come (of course)

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