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Reports of the AAAI 2008 Fall Symposia

AI Magazine

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence was pleased to present the 2008 Fall Symposium Series, held Friday through Sunday, November 7-9, at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia. The titles of the seven symposia were (1) Adaptive Agents in Cultural Contexts, (2) AI in Eldercare: New Solutions to Old Problems, (3) Automated Scientific Discovery, (4) Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, (5) Education Informatics: Steps toward the International Internet Classroom, (6) Multimedia Information Extraction, and (7) Naturally Inspired AI.    


George Mason students have a new dining option: Food delivered by robots

Washington Post - Technology News

At most universities, meal plans allow college students to take advantage of on-campus cafeterias or chow down at local restaurants. Now, thousands of students at George Mason University will have another dining option at their disposal: on-demand food delivery via an autonomous robot on wheels. The school has received a fleet of 25 delivery robots that can haul up to 20 pounds each as they roll across campus at four miles per hour, according to Starship Technologies, the Estonia-based robotics company that created the delivery vehicles. The company -- which claims its robots can make deliveries in 15 minutes or less -- says the Fairfax, Va.-based school is the first campus in the country to incorporate robots into its student dining plan and has the largest fleet of delivery roots on any university campus. "Students and teachers have little free time as it is, so there is a convenience for them to have their food, groceries and packages delivered to them," said Ryan Tuohy, Starship Technology's senior vice president of business development.


Rosetta Stone rolls out Catalyst, cloud-based language software for the enterprise

ZDNet

Language learning software maker Rosetta Stone is making a major play for enterprise customers with the launch of Catalyst. Announced today, Catalyst is Rosetta Stone's most comprehensive offering to date, with features including testing and placement, detailed mobile reporting, and the ability to deliver industry and job specific language content from a single platform. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone is known primarily for its conventional and pricey yellow-packaged language software sold in malls and airports. But for the past six years, the Arlington, Virginia-based company has been building up a portfolio of cloud-based language software designed expressly for business users. One of Rosetta Stone's key selling points for both consumers and businesses is its approach to language learning, which the company refers to as the immersion method.


Google begins burrito drone delivery experiment with Chipotle in Virginia

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Virginia Tech was the envy of other college students when Alphabet's Project Wing and Chipotle announced plans to deliver burritos to campus by drone. The experiment is now underway and students are receiving stuffed burritos at a designated location from the unmanned aerial vehicles. This testing will generate data on navigational accuracy and vehicle performance to help regulators understand how drones should operate in public airspace. Alphabet's Project Wing and Chipotle have begin testing their pilot project that delivers burritos to campus using drones. Alphabet Inc's Project Wing and Chipotle have started a pilot program that delivers burritos to the students of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.


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