Archive for December 20th, 2011


USPTO Seeking Text Recognition, Image Analysis Algorithms

December 20th, 2011
USPTO Innovation Challenge [image courtesy NASA Tournament Lab].

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), together with the recently created Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (COECI), launched the USPTO Innovation Challenge last week, offering $50,000 in prizes for specialized algorithms that can "help bring the 7 million patents presently in the patent archive into the digital age." In particular, the USPTO Innovation Challenge ...

“Scaling Up”

December 20th, 2011
Frans Kaashoek: "In research, taking an extreme position is interesting because it forces you to clarify your thinking and solve the hard case" [image courtesy Dominic Casserly via the CACM].

In the December 2011 Communications of the ACM, CCC Council member and MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Frans Kaashoek discusses multicore computing, security, and OS design: Kaashoek has ... conducted wide-ranging research in computer systems, including operating system design, software-based network routing, and distributed hash tables, which revolutionized the storage and retrieval of ...