New algorithm supercharges robot navigation

Suppose you're trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you're using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point. Traffic and one-way streets force you to take some odd turns, and for a while you lose sight of your landmarks. When they reappear, in order to use them for navigation, you have to be able to identify them as the same buildings you were tracking before — as well as your orientation relative to them.

Researchers develop 'envy-free' algorithm for settling disputes

Whether it's season tickets to Green Bay Packers' games or silver place settings, divorce and inheritance have bred protracted disputes over the assignment of belongings. But, now, a trio of researchers has found a method for resolving such conflicts in an envy-free way.

BYU's smart object recognition algorithm doesn't need humans

If we’ve learned anything from post-apocalyptic movies it’s that computers eventually become self-aware and try to eliminate humans.

The never forget a face algorithm

Do you have a forgettable face? Many of us go to great lengths to make our faces more memorable, using makeup and hairstyles to give ourselves a more distinctive look. Now your face could be instantly transformed into a more memorable one without the need for an expensive makeover, thanks to an algorithm developed by researchers in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Disney develops algorithm for rendering 3D tactile features on touch surfaces

A person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touch screen can feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen's smooth surface, with the aid of a novel algorithm created by Disney Research, Pittsburgh for tactile rendering of 3D features and textures.

A tool to catch sarcasm online - sounds great....

French company Spotter is going to help the British Home Office identify sarcastic comments posted online.

Algorithm detects and isolates cyber-attacks

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a software algorithm that detects and isolates cyber-attacks on networked control systems – which are used to coordinate transportation, power and other infrastructure across the United States.

Video: This algorithm simulates evolution

A research team led by Cornell University's Creative Machines Lab has created a computer algorithm that simulates virtual creatures evolving their squishy, muscle-like features in order to teach themselves to walk.

Video: Advanced algorithm teaches robots to improvise

When a robot performs an action, it is typically scripted and very precise.

First 'true' quantum calculation performed

An international research group has for the first time demonstrated a quantum algorithm that performs a true calculation, without needing to know the answer before the start.

Brain-controlled cursor sets record for accuracy

Stanford researchers say they've designed the fastest, most accurate algorithm yet for brain-implantable prosthetic systems that let disabled people maneuver computer cursors with their thoughts.

AI system charts the universe

German astronomers have created an artificial intelligence algorithm to help chart and explain the structure and dynamics of the universe more accurately than ever before.

Copyright accusations to influence Google search results

Google's to start demoting sites in its search results that receive large numbers of valid copyright-infringement notices - delighting the content industry, but worrying free-speech campaigners.

Robots scan ships' hulls for mines

Human divers - and dolphins - could have a reprieve from searching out mines attached to ships' hulls, thanks to a new algorithm from MIT.

MIT designs 'intelligent co-pilot' for cars

MIT engineers have developed a semi-autonomous vehicle safety system that takes over if the driver does something stupid.

YouTube algorithm spots world's funniest videos

Google researchers have developed an algorithm that ranks the funniest YouTube videos.

How hard can Sudoku get? Mathematician has the answer

An Irish mathematician has demonstrated that there's a minimum amount of help necessary for a Sudoku puzzle to be solvable.

Algorithm predicts pop chart success

A team of British scientists reckon they can predict the success of a pop song with abut 60 percent accuracy using a machine learning algorithm.

Software tracks athletes for 'robot sportscasters'

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne have come up with an algorithm that can track all the players in a sports match, and say it could soon appear at international competitions.

Algorithm changes to affect third of Google searches

Google's altered its search ranking algorithm to push newer results closer to the top, in a move likely to affect around a third of searches.