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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has kicked off a challenge to improve the algorithm Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses to detect airport security threats. The goal of this competition is to reduce the number of false alarms while maintaining high levels of security using image data. This is because when the scanning equipment predicts a potential threat, a TSA agent must engage in a secondary, manual screening process that slows everything down. By reducing false alarms, the passenger experience can be greatly improved.

A recent article by MIT Technology Review describes how artificial intelligence is changing a workforce in many companies today. In particular, they present the case of General Electric and its workforce. This interesting piece can be found at https://www.technologyreview.com/s/607962/general-electric-builds-an-ai-workforce/  and it is worth reading especially for all of us in the signal processing community. It will be interesting to see how artificial intelligence will shape our community.

How can real-time analysis of wireless communications data improve weather forecasts? Read more.

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have developed a new navigation system that is based entirely on existing terrestrial signals, such as cellular and Wi-Fi, rather than GPS. The new technology, which the researchers claim is both highly reliable and accurate, can function as a standalone alternative to GPS or as an alternative to satellite signals to enable highly reliable, consistent, and tamper-proof navigation in autonomous systems, such as robots, driverless terrestrial vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Google has launched a new artificial intelligence experiment named AutoDraw. It uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, to guess what you are trying to draw by matching your doodles with a database of professional drawings. Please visit https://www.autodraw.com to start creating.

AutoDraw: Fast Drawing for Everyone.

For our May 2017 issue, we cover recent patents dealing with signal processing applications of neural networks. Patent no 9,627,532 presents methods and apparatus for training a multi-layer artificial neural network for use in speech recognition.

Read about the IEEE Video and Image Processing (VIP) Cup which has the goal of implementing traffic sign detection algorithms that can robustly perform under challenging environmental conditions.

For our April 2017 issue, we cover recent patents dealing with image fusion, including new general image fusion methods, and specific applications such as image stabilization, and medical image analysis.

NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, covering a wide range of areas including propulsion, health and medicine, crew and life support, data and image processing, environmental science, and aeronautics. It is free to download for anyone. Please visit https://software.nasa.gov/ to access the full software catalog.

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