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Thanks to Jason Mars, “Siri” could get a whole lot more effective in the years to come. An assistant professor of computer science at the University of Michigan, Mars and his team of researchers built their own intelligent assistant, named Sirius, which features voice-command and image-matching capabilities. They released Sirius in March 2015 to the rest of the world so other researchers could examine how to improve intelligent assistants too. “We designed an open platform for intelligent assistants like Siri, Cortana, Google Now,” Mars said. “And it made a really nice splash. These kinds of infrastructures were locked up at
When Max Lynch and Ben Sperry met in Kindergarten more than two decades ago, the Internet was still largely a novelty, and mobile phones were only used to make calls. Lynch and Sperry formed a friendship there that has lasted to this day. Both of them went to the University of Wisconsin and, after graduating, they started a company in Madison that helped facilitate a technology revolution that few would have foreseen when they were learning their ABCs and 123s. Now 27 years old, Lynch and Sperry founded Ionic (then called Drifty) in 2012 with the aim of making development
When it comes to addiction, the road to recovery is hardly a smooth one. People who try to end their substance abuse and dependency often find it a long and bumpy ride, with detours and wrong turns along the way. Brandi Spaulding, a psychology intern at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, is determined to make that road smoother and straighter, and she’s received valuable assistance from some tech-savvy OSU undergraduates to do just that. Spaulding, a doctoral candidate at Walden University in Minneapolis who’s finishing her dissertation on postpartum depression, collaborated with a handful of computer science majors to develop
A series that covers the true revolutionaries, Game Changers explores how innovators from Big Ten universities — students, faculty and alums — are inventing or reinventing their chosen fields. Just five years ago, they were three fresh-faced graduate students in Madison, entering their project in the University of Wisconsin’s Climate Leader Challenge (now called Global Stewards Sustainability Prize), a program run by the school’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. Today, Claus Moberg, Jami Morton and Matt Luedke are among the most celebrated young entrepreneurs in the country. Their company, SnowShoe, is changing the way the physical world communicates