UCI News

BBC, Aug. 31, 2018
‘My robot makes me feel like I haven’t been forgotten’
But a key challenge for these telepresence robots is connectivity, says Veronica Ahumada Newhart, who studies them for her doctorate at the University of California at Irvine. … Users often complain about losing the connection during a lesson. “They’re in the class, doing their stuff, and they get disconnected – then they aren’t really there, because class is going on without you,” says Ms Newhart.

Daily Pilot, Aug. 30, 2018
UC Irvine is teaching computers new ways to ‘learn’
UC Irvine recently opened a research center that aims to improve medical care with the help of a novel form of artificial intelligence that allows computers to learn on their own. … We are developing tools from a research perspective, but more importantly, we want these tools to make an impact in helping doctors and patients,” said Daniel Chow, co-director of the center. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Web MD, Aug. 29, 2018
Mosquito Threat Spurs New Ways to Tackle Old Pest
So [Greg] Lanzaro [an entomologist at the University of California Davis]  is now part of an anti-malaria initiative based at the University of California Irvine, which is trying to splice genes into anopheles mosquitoes’ genes to head off the disease. The genes prevent the mosquito from transmitting the disease to humans.

McClatchy DC, Aug. 27, 2018
NC congressional districts need to be redrawn, maybe before November election, court rules
Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, wrote in a blog post Monday evening that the battle over the North Carolina districts is “a case with potentially national implications both short term and long.”

Coindesk, Aug. 28, 2018
Coinbase Survey Shows 18% of US Students Now Own Cryptocurrency
“Students today are really thinking deeply about economic issues and alternative economic futures,” Bill Maurer, the dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of California Irvine, said. He continued: “Teaching about this kind of stuff now can be really powerful for students that are trying to find their own way and envision what kind of possible alternatives there might be to the prevailing economic system.”

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