Agroup of researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's (EPFL) Swiss Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob) have built a new sort of robot, and it is quite the sight to behold! These new robots, named Roombots, are modular shape-changing machines that can be reconfigured in three dimensions. They have even been compared to robotic LEGOs by some. Additionally, they can also move about and self-assemble on demand. They are constructed with two dice that have been glued together, a battery, three motors that drive the movement, and a wireless connection.
Evaluating and quantifying the beauty of a landscape, an ecosystem and its effects on a person's well-being has become a central issue for public authorities. With this in mind, scientists from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and Wageningen University in the Netherlands have developed a new indicator based on deep learning and several million photos posted on the social network Flickr. An article was recently published in Nature Scientific Reports. When we walk in nature, whether in the mountains, in a forest or by the sea, we feel things, a certain well-being. Numerous studies have highlighted the benefits of such activities for our health, both physical and mental.
International diplomacy has traditionally relied on bargaining power, covert channels of communication and personal chemistry between leaders. But a new era is upon us in which the dispassionate insights of AI algorithms and mathematical techniques such as game theory will play a growing role in deals struck between nations, according to the co-founder of the world's first centre for science in diplomacy. Michael Ambühl, a professor of negotiation and conflict management and former chief Swiss-EU negotiator, said recent advances in AI and machine learning mean that these technologies now have a meaningful part to play in international diplomacy, including at the Cop26 summit starting later this month and in post-Brexit deals on trade and immigration. "These technologies are partially already used and it will be the intention to use them more," said Ambühl. "Everything around data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning … we want to see how can it be made beneficial for multilateral or bilateral diplomacy."
If you're ever lost in the woods (or on the lam), watch out for high-speed quadcopters following you through the trees. The drones can now fly through complex and unknown environments at up to 40kmph, thanks to a new AI approach developed at the University of Zurich. The quadcopter's flight lessons took place in a simulation. An algorithm first piloted a computer-generated drone through a simulated environment that contained complex obstacles. This data was used to train the drone's neural network to predict a flight path based on information from onboard sensors.
Researchers at the University of Zurich have developed a new approach to autonomously fly quadrotors through unknown, complex environments at high speeds using only on-board sensing and computation. The new approach could be useful in emergencies, on construction sites or for security applications. When it comes to exploring complex and unknown environments such as forests, buildings or caves, drones are hard to beat. They are fast, agile and small, and they can carry sensors and payloads virtually everywhere. However, autonomous drones can hardly find their way through an unknown environment without a map.
On Monday, Oct. 18, CERN openlab and Chelonia Applied Science will host a first-of-its-kind workshop called ExaHealth 2021. The half-day virtual event will begin at 1.00 p.m. CEST and will examine the potential for exascale computing and machine learning to support efforts to improve public health. The workshop is free and open to all. With recent advancements in high-performance computing (HPC) towards exascale (the capability to perform a billion billion (1018), or a quintillion, computing operations per second) and the continued development and proliferation of both machine- and deep-learning techniques in all sectors, it is imperative that we ensure these resources are capitalized upon fully in a realm that affects us all: public health. Projects supported by the European Union (such as Exscalate4COV and LIGATE, with the participation of dozens of institutions, including Chelonia Applied Science, hosted at the Innovation Office of the University of Basel) demonstrate the potential that exascale HPC and machine learning offer for the health sciences.
An army of more than 4,000 marching doglike robots is a vaguely menacing sight, even in a simulation. But it may point the way for machines to learn new tricks. The virtual robot army was developed by researchers from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and chipmaker Nvidia. They used the wandering bots to train an algorithm that was then used to control the legs of a real-world robot. In the simulation, the machines--called ANYmals--confront challenges like slopes, steps, and steep drops in a virtual landscape.
When it comes to exploring complex and unknown environments such as forests, buildings or caves, drones are hard to beat. They are fast, agile and small, and they can carry sensors and payloads virtually everywhere. However, autonomous drones can hardly find their way through an unknown environment without a map. For the moment, expert human pilots are needed to release the full potential of drones. "To master autonomous agile flight, you need to understand the environment in a split second to fly the drone along collision-free paths," says Davide Scaramuzza, who leads the Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zurich and the NCCR Robotics Rescue Robotics Grand Challenge.
For the second year running the University of Oxford has been ranked first in the world for Computer Science in the Times Higher Education 2022 World University Rankings. The University of Cambridge and Switzerland's EHT Zurich claimed joint fourth. Prof. Leslie Ann Goldberg, head of Computer Science, said'I'm very pleased with this continuing recognition of the outstanding teaching and research taking place in our department.' The Department is one of the longest-established Computer Science departments in the world and is the home to a community of world-class research and teaching. Research activities encompass core Computer Science (algorithms, data, programming languages, and artificial intelligence), as well as human-centred computing, automated verification, computational biology, cyber physical systems, quantum computing and security.
The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility. A new report from consulting firm Emergn, Realizing the Human-Machine Relationship, finds that while automation isn't helping to create new products, the return on investment (ROI) remains high in the enterprise. A majority of the barriers preventing organizations from seeing positive impacts from automation are related to people, according to the report, while better guidance around best practices for implementation has the potential to ensure greater ROI from automation. In May 2021, Emergn surveyed 320 directors, VPs, presidents, and chief officers from organizations in the life sciences, insurance, and financial services industries across Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S. The study examined how organizations are incorporating automation technologies including workflow automation, chatbots, task automation and robotic process automation, and machine learning into their operations, as well as how this automation is impacting the work of employees. Countering assertions that automation is more trend-following than strategic, 91% of respondents told Emergn that automation technologies have affected their business positively.