Education

AI Enables Foreign Language Study Abroad, No Travel Required

A student learning to speak Mandarin wanders into a marketplace on the streets of China on a sunny summer afternoon. Before long, two vendors approach and begin hawking products, trying to outbid one another. The student must now grasp what’s being said and formulate an appropriate response using proper pronunciation to avoid being misunderstood. It’s […]

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Mandarin Language Learners Get a Boost From AI

IBM Research and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) are collaborating on a new approach to help students learn Mandarin. The strategy pairs an AI-powered assistant with an immersive classroom environment that has not been used previously for language instruction. The classroom, called the Cognitive Immersive Room (CIR), makes students feel as though they are in restaurant […]

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Quantum Computing: you know it’s cool, now find out how it works

You have probably heard all the buzzwords people use when trying to explain quantum computing (superposition and entanglement ring a bell?). Fans of xkcd – “the webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language” – already know that when a subject is both philosophically exciting and mathematically complex, it’s easy to develop weird ideas about it, […]

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Grad student wins IBM Fellowship to Mimic Brain Architecture

S. R. Nandakumar, a graduate student in electrical engineering, has won a coveted IBM Ph.D. fellowship to support his work on computer systems that mimic the architecture of the human brain. He is currently interning at IBM’s Zurich Lab and we had the chance to ask him a few questions. Q. Last August IBM scientists published […]

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Facilitating peer review with cognitive computing

Applying for or allocating funding for scientific research takes up a significant amount of time and energy, both from the scientists and the national foundations that evaluate the science itself. Almost 10 percent of the NSF budget is allocated to the review and management of awards, and this figure is nearly 20 percent for the […]

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IBMer supports Africa’s future innovators and entrepreneurs

A few weeks ago Lola Aleru, who is based at IBM’s Africa research lab in Nairobi, Kenya, was presented with an incredible opportunity by her colleague and IBM scientist David Moinina Sengeh. She explains, “David is on the board of directors of the Global Minimum Inc (GMin), a non-profit that encourages young innovators and leaders in […]

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Q&A with the Great Nephew of Alan Turing

Carrying on the legacy of a famous relative is a no easy task, particularly for someone as renown as Alan Turing, who is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. But this hasn’t stopped his great nephew James Turing and his parents from giving it a go. Several years ago […]

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Students Live the Quantum Experience at IBM’s Swiss Lab

“The IBM Quantum Experience will make it easier for researchers and the scientific community to accelerate innovations in the quantum field, and help discover new applications for this technology,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director at IBM Research in May, when the company announced public access, via the cloud, to its 5 qubit processor. […]

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60 of Kenya’s Top Talent Students Visit IBM’s Africa Lab

60 students visited IBM Research as part of Kenya’s Presidential Digital Talent Program. When the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Kenya’s Information Communications & Technology (ICTA) contacted IBM’s Kenyan research lab three weeks ago IBM scientist Daby Sow was both excited and nervous. “The Minister wants to increase IBM’s presence in the community of Nairobi, particularly […]

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Community college students explore STEM research

As science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, add 9 million jobs by 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), companies have to keep an eye on evolving disciplines and take special care to help prepare students for these careers. This is why IBM has early outreach programs, the latest of which is a new summer […]

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Bot with wooden body keeps lectures lively

Hand-made telepresence robot helps improve classroom communication “Today’s lecture is about cognitive computing, and its impact on… blah, blah, blah…” The lecturer begins to drone on. And, worse, the students and lecturer are not physically in the same classroom. But such is life in today’s era of remote, video conference-style higher education options. Without a […]

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In the ladybugs and llamas learning lab

I grew up in an extremely creative family; I have a trumpeter mom, guitarist dad and percussionist brother and stepfather. I am a cellist, and even earned a college scholarship for my playing. So, naturally, I became a computer scientist. I have always approached software development as creating works of interactive art, so the progression […]

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