Sally Ward Foxton

Should Engineering Education be Reimagined Around AI?

Traditional electronic engineering degrees should be reimagined to embrace AI and machine learning, according to a prominent UK academic. Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and ARM Professor of Computer Engineering at Southampton University, proposed a new type of engineering degree which focuses on “engineering in the era of AI”. Speaking at…

AI Holds the Key to Decoding the Brain

In an age where we can construct complex electronic chips with feature sizes in the single-nanometer range, it’s easy to forget that we still don’t know everything about how the human brain works. The exact nature of the brain’s signal transfers to other body parts via the central nervous system is a code we have…

Countering Drones with Animal-Inspired Robots, Acoustic Sensors, AI and More

The UK Ministry of Defence’s innovation hub, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), has awarded a total of £2m to 18 separate projects that aim to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. The contracts are the result of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year.…

AI will Become Standard Feature in Smartphone SoCs

According to a new report from French analyst house Yole Développement, AI acceleration will soon become an expected feature in smartphone application processors. However, the analysts also identified the technology’s impact on the smart home ecosystem as a fast-growing market. The report, “Artificial Intelligence Computing for Consumer,” estimates the market for AI computing hardware for…

The Battle for AI at the Edge Is Just Beginning

In the past two years, artificial intelligence has morphed from academic marvel to global megatrend. Machine learning in some form is set to revolutionize almost everything — consumer, automotive, industrial, every area of electronics — and, beyond that, to affect society and our lives in ways we don’t yet know about. What this means for…

In the Loop

European universities swept the SpaceX Hyperloop finals. Imagine sitting in a capsule that’s traveling at 1,100 km (700 miles) per hour through a steel tube in a partial vacuum, a few meters off the ground, like a person-size version of the pneumatic mail tubes that used to carry letters around buildings. Jump on in London…

Facial Recognition: The Ugly Truth

The U.K. is one of the most surveilled countries in the world. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are everywhere, from shops to buses to private homes. In the past couple of years, artificial-intelligence (AI) techniques, such as neural networks, have propelled large-scale automated facial recognition. Combined with the U.K.’s huge network of existing CCTV cameras, this…