Could computers help close partisan divides?

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are using computers in new ways to develop a comprehensive picture of how people communicate about politics, and how those conversations can be shaped by media, social networks and personal interactions.

What their computer …

Davoodi receives grant to help keep U.S. trade secrets safe

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Azadeh Davoodi

American companies often rely on overseas foundries to manufacture computer chips—largely because internationally owned corporations control more than 90 percent of the world’s fabrication capacity. To help protect American trade secrets, Azadeh Davoodi, an associate professor of …

Paul Block works to develop proactive disaster early warning system

There’s word a flood is approaching in the coming days and hours, so relief organizations and local volunteers quickly and frantically start sandbagging the area to provide some level of protection for the city’s residents.

The effort helps, but the …

Modeling research identifies potentially profitable bioproducts

Imagine a new and improved biorefinery, one that produces advanced biofuels as environmentally sustainable as they are economically viable. In the biorefinery of the future, every step of the pipeline is optimized, almost every part of the energy crop is …

Eagle-eyed algorithm outdoes human experts

Artificial intelligence is now so smart that silicon brains frequently outthink humans.

When artificial intelligence pairs up with machine vision, computers can accomplish seemingly incredible tasks—think of Tesla’s self-driving cars or Facebook’s uncanny ability to pick out people’s faces in …