Electronics & Semiconductors

First organic bipolar transistor developed

The invention of the transistor in 1947 by Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain at Bell Laboratories ushered in the age of microelectronics and revolutionized our lives. First, so-called bipolar transistors were invented, in which ...

Machine learning & AI

Q&A: How to make AI systems learn better

Artificial intelligence systems are smart. They can recognize patterns better than humans, for example. Yet humans are still very much needed. How can you better steer those AI systems? LIACS lecturer Jan van Rijn wrote a ...

Software

CT analysis of concrete beams

Concrete's properties as a material have made it an essential part of today's construction methods. Alongside its many advantages, however, this universal favorite has its share of drawbacks—the most prominent being that ...

Machine learning & AI

Machine learning applications need less data than has been assumed

A combined team of researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta has found that at least some machine learning applications can learn from far fewer examples than has been assumed. In their ...

Robotics

Acoustically driven microrobot outshines natural microswimmers

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have designed and fabricated an untethered microrobot that can slip along either a flat or curved surface in a liquid when exposed to ultrasound ...

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