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Computer-generated characters have become so lifelike in appearance and movement that the line separating reality is almost imperceptible at times. But while bipeds and quadrupeds have reigned supreme in CG animation, attempts to create and control their skeleton-free cousins using similar techniques has proved time-consuming and laborious.

Georgia Tech researchers have found a possible solution to this challenge by developing a way to simulate and control movement of computer-generated characters without a skeletal structure, anything from starfish and earthworms to an elephant’s trunk or the human tongue.

Georgia Tech is one of a dozen major research universities that has signed an agreement with Coursera to put their web-based courses online. The Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities, Rich A. DeMillo (Comp Sci), discusses the potential for this major experiment in education. Source: The New York Times

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Supercomputing performance is getting a new measurement with the Graph500. The latest benchmark “highlights the importance of new systems that can find the proverbial needle in the haystack of data,” said David Bader (Comp Sci). Source: Sandia National Laboratories

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David A. Bader (Computer Science) discusses Google's latest project where scientists created the largest neural networks for maching learning by connecting 16,000 computer processors, which they turned loose on the Interneted to learn on its own. Source: The New York Times

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Zvi Galil, John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech, was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Waterloo at the mathematics portion of its 104th Convocation ceremony, held Friday, June 15. Source: Office of Communications

Microsoft is "revolutionizing the world," said Juan Llanes (Computer Science student), who is also interning in Redmond, Washington this summer. Llanes grew up revering Microsoft during his childhood in Cuba, where computers were effectively banned. Source: Fox Business

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The IEEE Computer Society will honor 14 prominent technologists at its annual awards dinner in Seattle, including Mark Guzdial and Ling Liu (both Computer Science). Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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Georgia Tech helped start the trend toward more corporate input into curricula in 2002, when the university hired Richard DeMillo (Computer Science), Hewlett-Packard Co.chief technology officer, as its dean of the College of Computing. Source: Bloomberg

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Nick Feamster (Computer Science) discovered that Twitter propagandists retweet without adding much original commentary, retweet others' content fairly quickly and coordinate with others to send duplicate or near-duplicate tweets on the same topic at the same time. Source: Huffington Post

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Now we know that people who tweet about the same things constantly, or retweet without any original thoughts, don't just suck — they might also be trying to spread biased information on Twitter, as revealed in a new study by Nick Feamster (Computer Science). Source: BuzzFeed

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