Data and graphs related to teacher networks
Vision

Flexible Teachers, Smarter Students

Human teachers can teach more effectively by adjusting their methods in response to student feedback. It turns out that teacher networks can do the same.
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Beaches buried in plastic and garbage
Vision

Seeing Sea Plastic

A machine learning model is scanning the oceans for the glint of garbage. Researchers from the UK’s Plymouth Marine Laboratory trained a model to identify ocean-borne refuse.
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Self-driving software working
Vision

Tracking the Elusive Stop Sign

Recognizing stop signs, with their bold color scheme and distinctive shape, ought to be easy for computer vision — but it turns out to be a tricky problem. Tesla pulled back the curtain on what it takes to train its self-driving software to perform this task and others.
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Series of images and data related to a tool that maps where hurricanes and other calamities have wiped out roads
Vision

Roads to Recovery

Deep learning promises to help emergency responders find their way through disaster zones. MIT researchers developed a tool that maps where hurricanes and other calamities have wiped out roads, helping to show aid workers the fastest ways to get to people in need.
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Graphs and data related to Scan2Plan, a model that segments 3D scans of empty indoor spaces into floor plans
Vision

Finding a Floor Plan

Robot vacuum cleaners are pretty good at navigating rooms, but they still get stuck in tight spaces. New work takes a step toward giving them the smarts they’ll need to escape the bathroom.
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Image processing technique explained
Vision

Preserving Detail in Image Inputs

Given real-world constraints on memory and processing time, images are often downsampled before they’re fed into a neural network. But the process removes fine details, and that degrades accuracy. A new technique squeezes images with less compromise.
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Precision Health Toilet illustration
Vision

A Neural Net in Every Bathroom

It’s time to stop flushing valuable data down the toilet. The Precision Health Toilet, a suite of sensors that attach to an ordinary commode, monitors human waste for input for signs of disease. It identifies individual users by scanning where the sun doesn’t shine.
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Smartvid.io tool recognizing when workers get too close to each other
Vision

Workers of the World, Don’t Unite

Computer vision is helping construction workers keep their social distance. Smartvid.io, a service that focuses on construction sites, offers a tool that recognizes when workers get too close to each other. The tool sends distancing warnings and reports to construction superintendents.
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Information and data related to the meta-algorithm AutoML-Zero
Vision

Beyond Neural Architecture Search

Faced with a classification task, an important step is to browse the catalog of machine learning architectures to find a good performer. Researchers are exploring ways to do it automatically.
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Data and graphs related to batch normalization
Vision

Outside the Norm

Batch normalization is a technique that normalizes layer outputs to accelerate neural network training. But new research shows that it has other effects that may be more important.
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Information related to machine learning
Vision

(Science) Community Outreach

Are your scientist friends intimidated by machine learning? They might be inspired by a primer from one of the world’s premier tech titans. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Cornell PhD candidate Maithra Raghu school scientists in machine learning in a sprawling overview.
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Map seen with computer vision
Vision

Where Are the Live Bombs?

Unexploded munitions from past wars continue to kill and maim thousands of people every year. Computer vision is helping researchers figure out where these dormant weapons are likely to be.
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Robotic hand identifying transparent objects
Vision

Seeing the See-Through

Glass bottles and crystal bowls bend light in strange ways. Image processing networks often struggle to separate the boundaries of transparent objects from the background that shows through them. A new method sees such items more accurately.
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Heat treatment on metal
Vision

Satellite Data Hints at China Upswing

Neural networks revealed both how hard Covid-19 has hit the Chinese economy, and hopeful signs that a renaissance may be underway. Researchers analyzed satellite imagery, GPS signals, and social media to get a multifaceted view of the pandemic’s impact.
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Graph related to error landscape
Vision

Rightsizing Neural Nets

How much data do we want? More! How large should the model be? Bigger! How much more and how much bigger? New research estimates the impact of dataset and model sizes on neural network performance.
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