RCCF grants helps local students learn robotics

first_imgBack Row: Jill Hollins, GiGi Dreyer, Hannah Hurm, Zeb Streator.Front Row: Ellen Swain, Campbell Miles, Gina Grote, David KochBatesville, In. — The Ripley Youth Outreach through the Ripley County Community Foundation has given a grant to St. Louis School students for the purchase of Cubelets.Cubelets are a set of cubes with each conducting a different function, all with the purpose of helping students learn to code.  Programing Cubelets requires students to use logical thinking, patterns, and sequencing as they problem solve to create new robots.The St. Louis Fourth Grade students are very grateful for community support.last_img read more

Tennessee Tech scorer Henderson transfers to Syracuse, team announces

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Diamond Henderson is transferring to Syracuse from Tennessee Tech, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman announced in a SU Athletics release on Friday. Henderson, a guard, averaged 19.7 points per game last season for the Golden Eagles, and was the team’s leading scorer by more than nine points per game. She has one year of eligibility remaining and can play immediately. “Diamond is a very explosive scorer and a tough defender with the ability to change a game on both ends of the floor,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said in the release. “Her skill set and experience at the Division I level will make her an immediate impact player this upcoming season.”Henderson also averaged 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 2013-14. She was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team after ranking third in the conference in scoring. With Brittney Sykes’ status still in question after tearing her ACL and meniscus in the team’s NCAA tournament first-round game, Henderson’s scoring ability will begin to fill the potential void. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I am honored and excited to be a part of the Syracuse family,” Henderson said in the release. “I am delighted to be able to contribute to the women’s basketball program while furthering my education at this prestigious university.” Commentslast_img read more

Durant surprised fancied Warriors got Cousins: ‘I guess we ruined it’

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ It wasn’t the first time Durant had visited the Philippines.In 2011, Durant took part in the Ultimate All-Star Weekend where he teamed up with his fellow NBA stars like Chris Paul and Derrick Rose in an exhibition game against the Philippine national team at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cousins, however, played in only 48 games last season after tearing his left Achilles.Durant feels Cousins would give the Warriors a boost of energy.“Last year was just the same and we needed an injection of energy and I think DeMarcus is going to provide that.”The 29-year-old Durant arrived in the Philippines from China Saturday for his Manila Tour with Nike a month after leading the Warriors to their second straight title. He is scheduled to leave Monday afternoon.After sharing his thoughts with the media, Durant gave his Filipino fans a show at Smart Araneta Coliseum where he joined select ballers and some of the country’s top collegiate stars in a scrimmage.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors superstar, couldn’t wipe the smile off his face while talking about his newest All-Star teammate DeMarcus Cousins.Durant was surprised the Warriors, who are already overflowing with star power, were still able to upgrade their roster by adding Cousins in another wild year in NBA free agency.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Yao Ming graduates from Shanghai Jiao Tong University Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Anti-US rally in Manila against attacks in Iraq PLAY LIST 01:06Anti-US rally in Manila against attacks in Iraq02:29Robredo to Duterte: 200,000 vote margin no small matter02:19Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Around July 2nd, things kind of change for us but adding somebody like DeMarcus, whom I’m very excited about working with. I think it’s going to be a fun year for us,” Durant told Filipino media in a press conference on Sunday at Whitespace Manila in Makati.“I don’t see how everybody let him fall to us but I guess we ruined it,” the two-time NBA champion and two-time Finals MVP said, grinning from ear-to-ear.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Cousins, one of the best big men in the NBA today, shocked the basketball world after reportedly agreeing to sign a one-year deal worth $5.3 million to join the Warriors.The 27-year-old Cousins is a four-time All-Star and is coming off a season where he averaged 25.2 points and career-bests 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game for the New Orleans Pelicans. View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs top Neptune Beach Pearl 7-3 for second straight comeback victory

first_imgARCATA >> As the days are going by, Tyson Fisher is starting to truly find out that his team is one that feeds off the momentum they create from at-bat to at-bat, one inning to the next.That was once again the case on Saturday afternoon.The best part for the Crabs?No need for extra innings for the second straight day. Thanks to a four-run surge in the bottom of the third, Humboldt got the lead — and that’s where it stayed. The Crabs claimed their second straight win in the West …last_img read more

Cumulative global pay TV revenues will increase fr

first_imgCumulative global pay TV revenues will increase from US$147.5 billion (€111.2 billion) at end-2011 to US176.8 billion by 2016, according to new forecasts.Research from Informa Telecoms & Media shows that the western European pay TV revenue total will increase from US$28.4 billion to US$30.7 billion across the same period. Eastern European revenues, meanwhile, will increase from US$5.2 billion to US$6.8 billion.
By region, North America will remain the largest revenue generator through to 2016, ahead of Asia Pacific, western Europe and Latin America.last_img read more

India asks Cambridge Analytica for information on data

Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: India asks Cambridge Analytica for information on data (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-india-cambridge-analytica.html Firefox maker Mozilla to stop Facebook advertising because of data scandal India’s government on Friday sent a notice to U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica asking whether it has misused data to profile Indians and influence their elections. The data-mining firm faces accusation of lifting the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission in order to manipulate elections. Authorities in both the United States and Britain are investigating both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.The firm has denied any wrongdoing.The Indian government also demanded the name of the entities that engaged Cambridge Analytica and the method used by it for possession of data and whether consent was taken from users.Governing Bharatiya Janata Party and main opposition Congress Party have accused each other of utilizing the services of the company.The government set a March 31 deadline for the company to respond to its inquiry.Earlier this week, India’s Law and Information Technology Minster Ravi Shankar Prasad warned Facebook of “stringent” action for any attempt to influence polls through data theft, and threatened to summon CEO Mark Zuckerberg, if needed.Facebook has over 200 million users in India, the Press Trust of India news agency said.”The government is deeply concerned about such developments and is committed to ensure the protection of the fundamental right of privacy and safety and security of data for every citizen of India. There have also been imputations that such data could also have been used to influence the behavior of individuals,” PTI quoted India’s Information Technology Ministry said. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Team develops face recognition technology that works in the dark

A conceptual illustration for thermal-to-visible synthesis for interoperability with existing visible-based facial recognition systems. Credit: Eric Proctor, William Parks and Benjamin S. Riggan Citation: Team develops face recognition technology that works in the dark (2018, April 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-team-recognition-technology-dark.html Provided by U.S. Army Research Laboratory Army researchers have developed an artificial intelligence and machine learning technique that produces a visible face image from a thermal image of a person’s face captured in low-light or nighttime conditions. This development could lead to enhanced real-time biometrics and post-mission forensic analysis for covert nighttime operations. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Thermal cameras like FLIR, or Forward Looking Infrared, sensors are actively deployed on aerial and ground vehicles, in watch towers and at check points for surveillance purposes. More recently, thermal cameras are becoming available for use as body-worn cameras. The ability to perform automatic face recognition at nighttime using such thermal cameras is beneficial for informing a Soldier that an individual is someone of interest, like someone who may be on a watch list.The motivations for this technology—developed by Drs. Benjamin S. Riggan, Nathaniel J. Short and Shuowen “Sean” Hu, from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory—are to enhance both automatic and human-matching capabilities.”This technology enables matching between thermal face images and existing biometric face databases/watch lists that only contain visible face imagery,” said Riggan, a research scientist. “The technology provides a way for humans to visually compare visible and thermal facial imagery through thermal-to-visible face synthesis.”He said under nighttime and low-light conditions, there is insufficient light for a conventional camera to capture facial imagery for recognition without active illumination such as a flash or spotlight, which would give away the position of such surveillance cameras; however, thermal cameras that capture the heat signature naturally emanating from living skin tissue are ideal for such conditions.”When using thermal cameras to capture facial imagery, the main challenge is that the captured thermal image must be matched against a watch list or gallery that only contains conventional visible imagery from known persons of interest,” Riggan said. “Therefore, the problem becomes what is referred to as cross-spectrum, or heterogeneous, face recognition. In this case, facial probe imagery acquired in one modality is matched against a gallery database acquired using a different imaging modality.”This approach leverages advanced domain adaptation techniques based on deep neural networks. The fundamental approach is composed of two key parts: a non-linear regression model that maps a given thermal image into a corresponding visible latent representation and an optimization problem that projects the latent projection back into the image space. Details of this work were presented in March in a technical paper “Thermal to Visible Synthesis of Face Images using Multiple Regions” at the IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, or WACV, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, which is a technical conference comprised of scholars and scientists from academia, industry and government.At the conference, Army researchers demonstrated that combining global information, such as the features from the across the entire face, and local information, such as features from discriminative fiducial regions, for example, eyes, nose and mouth, enhanced the discriminability of the synthesized imagery. They showed how the thermal-to-visible mapped representations from both global and local regions in the thermal face signature could be used in conjunction to synthesize a refined visible face image.The optimization problem for synthesizing an image attempts to jointly preserve the shape of the entire face and appearance of the local fiducial details. Using the synthesized thermal-to-visible imagery and existing visible gallery imagery, they performed face verification experiments using a common open source deep neural network architecture for face recognition. The architecture used is explicitly designed for visible-based face recognition. The most surprising result is that their approach achieved better verification performance than a generative adversarial network-based approach, which previously showed photo-realistic properties.Riggan attributes this result to the fact the game theoretic objective for GANs immediately seeks to generate imagery that is sufficiently similar in dynamic range and photo-like appearance to the training imagery, while sometimes neglecting to preserve identifying characteristics, he said. The approach developed by ARL preserves identity information to enhance discriminability, for example, increased recognition accuracy for both automatic face recognition algorithms and human adjudication.As part of the paper presentation, ARL researchers showcased a near real-time demonstration of this technology. The proof of concept demonstration included the use of a FLIR Boson 320 thermal camera and a laptop running the algorithm in near real-time. This demonstration showed the audience that a captured thermal image of a person can be used to produce a synthesized visible image in situ. This work received a best paper award in the faces/biometrics session of the conference, out of more than 70 papers presented.Riggan said he and his colleagues will continue to extend this research under the sponsorship of the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency to develop a robust nighttime face recognition capability for the Soldier. New technique uncovers hidden face behind cosmetic paints read more