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Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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woman seated on rug next to blue, circular device labeled Roomba Helpful Robot Alters Family Life
A relationship with your vacuum cleaner? Robotic vacuums are warming their way into homes and even taking on a personality for some families.
Released  June 8, 2007
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin by artist David Martin (1737-1797) Ben Franklin Web Portal Brings the Man to the Masses
Driven by search-engine technology, site highlights three centuries of revolutionary influence
Released  January 9, 2006
Fingerprint image quality through subsequent generations of genetic algorithm evolution. Man Against Machine
Computer-generated method outperforms human-designed program for fingerprint improvement
Released  September 1, 2005
Portion of Digital Libraries I logo. On the Origins of Google
Even in the early days of the Internet, people saw the need for better interfaces to growing data collections. A graduate student supported by an NSF digital library project at Stanford University uncovered the missing links in Web page ranking.
Released  August 17, 2004
graduate student Robert Dalton listens to an MTB recording Hearing It Like It Was
Your ears not only tell you what you're hearing, but also a lot about where you're hearing it. A new recording and playback method developed at the University of California, Davis, keeps your head in the mix, so you can hear it like it really was.
Released  July 30, 2004
icon of a hand and www Detecting Hidden Groups on the Internet
In the free-form clamor of the Internet's discussion groups and other public forums, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute want to listen for the whispers of groups trying to stay hidden.
Released  July 30, 2004
several views of pterosaur skulls Pterosaur Heads Were Uniquely Adapted for Flight
Taking a high-tech look at fossil skulls, scientists examined the brains of ancient pterosaurs. They found key structures to be specialized and enlarged, a discovery that could revise views of how vision, flight and the brain itself evolved.
Released  July 30, 2004
screen capture from eSkeletons home page and comparison of crania eSkeletons: "The Hip Bone's Connected to the " Web Bone
Cyberskeletons are now a click away at an interactive and expanding digital library of human and primate anatomy.
Released  July 6, 2004
VRD animation. Virtual Display Beams Images Directly into the Eye
Researchers have developed a display that beams full-color images directly onto your retina.
Released  June 3, 2004
network cables Data Mining Pinpoints Network Intrusions
Vipin Kumar and colleagues at the University of Minnesota are developing data-mining techniques to detect rare events, such as computer break-ins, that are difficult to detect using methods that recognize attacks only through pre-defined patterns.
Released  April 19, 2004
X-ray image of teeth at one angle An Automatic System for Matching Dental Records
By matching bicuspid to bicuspid and filling to filling, forensic investigators use dental records to give a John Doe a real name. Researchers are combining advanced image-processing techniques with elements of logic to get accurate matches faster.
Released  March 29, 2004
Three four-legged robots Researcher Founds a Robot Soccer Dynasty
Since receiving her doctorate in 1992, Manuela Veloso's research interests in artificial intelligence have focused on duplicating the success with which humans plan, learn and execute tasks. Founding a robot soccer dynasty was purely coincidental.
Released  March 24, 2004
One of the search and rescue robots. Shoebox-sized Robots Deployed in Rescue Effort at Ground Zero
Graduate students and the experimental robots they helped to develop were among the early responders who joined the search and rescue efforts shortly after the Sept. 11 collapse of the World Trade Center towers.
Released  March 24, 2004
Generic Discovery Image NSF Researchers Improve Barcode Scanners; Advances Lead to Widespread Use of the Technology
From tracking the sale of chewing gum to following the movements of penguins in one of the world's harshest environments, barcode systems automatically capture all kinds of data, thanks in part to NSF-supported improvements in scanner technology.
Released  July 18, 2003

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