a new approach for matching images and text

Credit: Liu et al. Researchers at Leiden University and the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), in China, have recently developed a new approach for image-text matching, called CycleMatch. Their approach, presented in a paper published in Elsevier’s Pattern Recognition journal, is based on cycle-consistent learning, a technique that is sometimes used to train artificial […]

A hybrid, green media wall for existing high-rise buildings

The hypothetical implementation of PixelGreen in the dense urban context of Hong Kong. Right: Potential sites that combine the vertical and horizontal surfaces (highlighted in green) of existing high-rise buildings in the development of PixelGreen. Credit: Khoo & Wee. Researchers at Deakin University and the University of Hong Kong have recently designed a hybrid green […]

Mona Lisa guest on TV? Researchers work out talking heads from photos, art

Credit: Egor Zakharov et al. A paper discussing an artificial intelligence feat now up on arXiv is giving tech watchers yet another reason to feel this is the Age of Enfrightenment. “Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models” by Egor Zakharov, Aliaksandra Shysheya, Egor Burkov and Victor Lempitsky reveal their technique that can […]

a highly agile quadruped robot

Stanford Doggo. Credit: Kau et al. Researchers at Stanford University have recently created an open-source quadruped robot called Stanford Doggo. Their robot, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv and set to be published by IEEE Explore, exceeds the performance of many state-of-the-art legged robots in vertical jumping agility. “About a year and a half […]

Engineered bacteria could be missing link in energy storage

Credit: CC0 Public Domain One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that’s generated from wind, solar and waves. At present, no existing technology provides large-scale storage and energy retrieval for sustainable energy at a low financial and environmental cost. Engineered electroactive microbes could be part of the solution; […]

a highly agile quadruped robot

Stanford Doggo. Credit: Kau et al. Researchers at Stanford University have recently created an open-source quadruped robot called Stanford Doggo. Their robot, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv and set to be published by IEEE Explore, exceeds the performance of many state-of-the-art legged robots in vertical jumping agility. “About a year and a half […]

A low-cost mobile robot that can assist people in a variety of settings

Credit: Fraunhofer IPA. Researchers at Fraunhofer IPA, in Stuttgart, Germany, have recently developed MobiKa, a low-cost, mobile robot capable of two-modal (voice and text) interactions with humans. Their robot, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, could be particularly useful for assisting elderly people. Recent advances in robotics have enabled the development of robots that […]