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Doosan debuts collaborative robot at US trade show

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Doosan cobots have a track record in several markets worldwide including Germany, France and China, with capabilities such as a working radius of 900 to 1,700 millimetres and a load capacity of 6 to 15 kilograms. The company gave a demonstration of six cobots collaborating with two human workers to execute fine motor activities on an auto assembly line. The six cobots conducted nine different applications such as inspection, assembly, placement of parts and more, underlining the fact that cobots can be used in almost any production process. During Automate 2019, RG Industries signed a dealership agreement with Doosan Robotics to be their first distributor in the North American market. Through the partnership, Doosan plans to launch its cobots in nine U.S. states including Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Delaware.


UVA Scientists Use Machine Learning to Improve Gut Disease Diagnosis

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Machines use Google-type algorithms on biopsy images to help children get treatment faster. A study published in the open access journal JAMA Open Network today by scientists at the University of Virginia schools of Engineering and Medicine says machine learning algorithms applied to biopsy images can shorten the time for diagnosing and treating a gut disease that often causes permanent physical and cognitive damage in children from impoverished areas. In places where sanitation, potable water and food are scarce, there are high rates of children suffering from environmental enteric dysfunction, a disease that limits the gut's ability to absorb essential nutrients and can lead to stunted growth, impaired brain development and even death. The disease affects 20 percent of children under the age of 5 in low- and middle-income countries, such as Bangladesh, Zambia and Pakistan, but it also affects some children in rural Virginia. For Dr. Sana Syed, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the UVA School of Medicine, this project is an example of why she got into medicine.


Artificial Intelligence Could Aid Future Background Investigators

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Washington, DC – In the future, artificial intelligence could augment the background investigative work performed by humans, cutting the time it takes and providing a more realistic, in-depth and realistic profile of the individual, the technical director for research and development and technology transfer at the Defense Security Service's National Background Investigative Services said recently. Mark Nehmer spoke at the "Genius Machines: The New Age of Artificial Intelligence" event, hosted by Nextgov and Defense One in Arlington, Virginia. Millions of service members, federal employees and contractors receive background checks and are issued clearances on a periodic basis. There are several problems with the current system of background investigations, Nehmer said. The use of artificial intelligence, or AI, could significantly reduce the time it takes investigations and ease the strain on already-overworked personnel and reduce the backlog of cases, Nehmer said.


2018-19 Presidential Fellows in Data Science -- Data Science Institute

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This project aims to develop opportunities for teachers to practice dialogue techniques in realistic but safe, virtually simulated environments. Rather than forcing young teachers to first encounter these conflicts in real situations, Adewole and Bywater will build a simulator to enable teachers to practice having difficult conversations using immersive 3D virtual reality. The system will create realistic settings that involve conversations between the teacher and a diverse group of artificially intelligent virtual students. In this project, we will learn and evaluate adaptive emotion regulation (ER) strategies for socially anxious individuals by developing methods that combine network analysis with reinforcement learning in an off-policy setting. This interdisciplinary collaboration between psychology and engineering permits a deeper understanding of the dynamics of ER in real life.


Robotic Surgery Now Common at West Virginia Hospital

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During surgery, the da Vinci robot is docked over the patient and the instruments still typically enter through the abdomen, through much smaller incisions than a traditional laparotomy, which opens up the belly. The surgeon sits at a nearby control panel in the operating room where they can maneuver cameras and instruments with a range exceeding the human hand.


Save the Date: NVTC's First Industry-Focused Impact AI Summit, March 21 WashingtonExec

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The Northern Virginia Technology Council's inaugural Impact AI 2019 summit on March 21 will gather technologists in government and tech executives from companies in the region making advancements in artificial intelligence. The all-day event kicks off 7 a.m. at the Inova Center for Personalized Health Conference Center in Fairfax, Virginia, and will open with keynote speaker Toni Townes-Whitley, president of U.S. regulated industries at Microsoft. Midmorning keynote speaker Rumman Chowdhury, global lead for responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence, will discuss building ethical, responsible AI. Impact AI will also feature Tech Talks -- NVTC's version of TED Talks. The MITRE Corp.'s Jay Crossler, chief engineer of operations, will present a cyber Tech Talk, and Booz Allen Hamilton's Kirk Borne, principal data scientist and executive adviser, will talk about the real power of AI and how it can help us better understand our data.


How machine learning could keep dangerous DNA out of terrorists' hands

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Dangerous pathogens are kept in high-security labs, but some experts worry that terrorists could find new ways to obtain these organisms.Credit: Anna Schroll/Fotogloria/UIG via Getty Biologists the world over routinely pay companies to synthesize snippets of DNA for use in the laboratory or clinic. But intelligence experts and scientists alike have worried for years that bioterrorists could hijack such services to build dangerous viruses and toxins -- perhaps by making small changes in a genetic sequence to evade security screening without changing the DNA's function. Now, the US government is backing efforts that use machine learning to detect whether a DNA sequence encodes part of a dangerous pathogen. Researchers are beginning to make progress towards designing artificial-intelligence-based screening tools, and several groups are presenting early results at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biothreats meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on 31 January. Their findings could lead to a better understanding of how pathogens harm the body, as well as new ways for scientists to link DNA sequences to specific biological functions.


AI could help identify Civil War veterans in your family

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A computer science professor has built a tool that could allow people to identify Civil War veterans in their families with the help of artificial intelligence. Kurt Luther, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, developed a platform called Photo Sleuth after he discovered a picture of a distant relative who had fought in the Civil War. "Seeing my distant relative staring back at me was like traveling through time," said Luther in a statement. "Historical photos can tell us a lot about not only our own familial history, but also inform the historical record of the time more broadly than just reading about the event in a history book." The professor, who considers himself a history buff, was inspired to create the software when he visited the Heinz History Center's exhibit called "Pennsylvania's Civil War" in Pittsburgh in 2013.


NVTC to Host Impact AI 2019 on March 21, 2019

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The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced today it will host a first-ever Impact AI summit on March 21, 2019. Impact AI will showcase companies in our region that are making inroads in the advancement of technology around Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence is gaining momentum in broad applications from manufacturing to healthcare, energy to telecommunications. The application of machine learning, natural language processing, and robotics to challenges in virtually every industry provide significant motivation for companies to exploit the competitive and strategic advantages that exist. Impact AI 2019 will feature outstanding and informative content from keynotes, informative panels and "Tech Talks," our version of the popular Ted Talks.


DARPA to Tackle Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials will include a panel discussion on ethics and legal issues at the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Colloquium being held March 6-7 in Alexandria, Virginia. "We're looking at the ethical, legal and social implications of our technologies, particularly as they become powerful and democratized in a way," reveals John Everett, deputy director of DARPA's Information Integration Office. Questions abound regarding the ethics and legal implications of AI, such as who is responsible if an self-driving automobile runs over a pedestrian, or whether military weapon systems should have a "human in the loop" controlling unmanned systems to prevent mistakes on the battlefield. Those questions become more acute as AI becomes more prevalent. "A lot of the technology of the 20th century was not widely accessible to people. You have high school students editing genes," Everett notes.