Latest Venu Govindaraju Stories

2010-10-15 16:20:00

Buy something online, enter your credit card number and mailing address. Simple. Then you come to the box with the CAPTCHA, the Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart. Here, the website attempts to confirm that you're a human, not some robot about to commit a cybercrime. You dutifully copy down the warped, watery-looking letters. Incorrect. Another captcha appears. You try again. Also incorrect. A third captcha appears. You start rethinking your purchase....

2008-10-14 03:00:18

By Thilmany, Jean Imagine controlling your cursor by calling out to your computer or pointing your finger. You could manipulate objects on screen by voice and gesture rather than by a keyboard or a mouse. And it's the object of research now under way at the University of Buffalo. Venu Govindaraju, director of the university's Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors, leads the research. According to Govindaraju, a professor of computer science and engineering at the school, "The whole...

2008-08-18 21:00:16

By Stephen T. Watson The University at Buffalo's research effort into a new technology that would let a user manipulate objects on a computer screen through hand gestures has won a competitive grant from Hewlett- Packard Co. The proposal from Venu Govindaraju, director of UB's Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors, is one of 41 projects from around the world that HP Labs is funding with an Innovation Research Award. Instead of having to use a keyboard, a mouse or some other device...

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