Can’t concentrate at work? This AI system knows why – RMIT University

Computer scientists have developed a way to measure staff comfort and concentration in flexible working spaces using artificial intelligence. While hot desking and activity-based working allow cost savings and greater flexibility – and are said to increase staff collaboration and satisfaction – studies also show the noise and lack of privacy can be distracting for some people. With coronavirus restrictions beginning to ease in some parts of the world and…

Robot cleaners win MIT Sloan’s inaugural AI competition

The robots can help to safely clean high-traffic areas -Image: Adobe The robots perform the task of spraying disinfectant at consistent rates and speeds, enabling human cleaners to focus on manually scrubbing biofilms and residues. A developer of autonomous ground robots that safely disinfect high-traffic spaces has been announced winner of MIT’s inaugural Collaborative Intelligence Competition. motorCortex.ai beat out seven other finalists to win the $50,000 prize. Launched by MIT…

These flexible feet help robots walk faster

An off-the-shelf six-legged robot equipped with the feet designed by UC San Diego engineers can walk up to 40 percent faster than when not equipped with the feet. Credit: University of California San Diego Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed flexible feet that can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips. The work has applications for…

Machine learning helps map global ocean communities

Image: Courtesy of the researchers, edited by MIT News. A machine-learning technique developed at MIT combs through global ocean data to find commonalities between marine locations, based on interactions between phytoplankton species. Using this approach, researchers have determined that the ocean can be split into over 100 types of “provinces,” and 12 “megaprovinces,” that are distinct in their ecological makeup. An MIT-developed technique could aid in tracking the ocean’s health…

Hundreds of AI solutions proposed for pandemic, but few are proven

Image: Getty Images Companies are employing AI to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic in a number of different ways, including diagnosing Covid-19 cases, identifying which patients would be at highest risk and discovering potential treatments. But not all of these approaches have been validated, experts warned. In a rush to find solutions for the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers are deploying machine learning algorithms to trawl through data that might give us…

ELIMINATING CONFUSION BETWEEN AI AND ML; AI DOESN’T EXIST WITHOUT ITS SUBSETS

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are being used interchangeably as a term across all segments of technological applications. Due to their close relation, AI is often confused with ML but one should not forget the distinction between the two. Out of all the differences, one is surely the biggest – that machine learning is a subset of AI. Technology professionals must understand the trivial difference both possess. Lacking the clarity…

Researchers incorporate computer vision and uncertainty into AI for robotic prosthetics

Imaging devices and environmental context. (a) On-glasses camera configuration using a Tobii Pro Glasses 2 eye tracker. (b) Lower limb data acquisition device with a camera and an IMU chip. (c) and (d) Example frames from the cameras for the two data acquisition configurations. (e) and (f) Example images of the data collection environment and terrains considered in the experiments. Credit: Edgar Lobaton Researchers have developed new software that can…

Artificial intelligence for optimized mobile communication

AI will serve to develop a network control system that not only detects and reacts to problems but can also predict and avoid them. Credit: CC0 Public Domain While many European states are currently setting up the 5th generation of mobile communication, scientists are already working on its optimization. Although 5G is far superior to its predecessors, even the latest mobile communication standard still has room for improvement: Especially in…

Crowd prevention system uses smart pole to create safer beaches

Omniflow uses smart pole and AI technology to try to prevent overcrowded beaches Omniflow’s technology analyses how busy the beach is and shows real-time occupancy levels on the pole or an app so a user can make an informed decision about where to go. A smart pole that determines the occupancy and related safe distance of beach areas is soon to be deployed in the Algarve region of Portugal. As…

Sony, Microsoft unveil latest joint AI play

Sony’s semiconductor division and Microsoft announced a collaboration to develop AI video analytics systems for enterprise and industrial use, a year after the two inked a gaming-focused partnership. In a statement, the companies explained they plan to combine Sony Semiconductor Solutions’ image and sensing chips with Microsoft’s cloud and AI platform to produce advanced video analytics systems. The companies plan to embed Microsoft Azure AI capabilities into Sony’s recently launched…