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EPFL Designs Robots through Artificial Evolution

RoboGen™ is an open-source educational and research platform for the co-evolution of robot bodies and brains. It was developed at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL led by Professor Dario Floreano with the focus on evolving robots, which has a capability to introduce new body morphology and actuation that have never been imagined before. The team’s goal is to develop a low-cost, simple and versatile platform for research, answering questions around embodied cognition, crossing the reality gap, and learning via Darwinian principles.

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Coventry University Migrates Moodle to AWS

Coventry University’s logo includes “the Phoenix,” which mirrors the university’s ability to reinvent itself. Coventry University has been on a continuous cycle of reinvention over the past 175 years – from its origins as the Coventry School of Design in 1843 through to its growth as a technical college in 1902. Having gained university status in 1992, Coventry’s reinvention has led it to become the top modern university in the UK.

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GÉANT Framework Agreement: Education and Research Built on AWS

Students, educators, and researchers are key drivers of technological innovation and the backbone of modern economies. The European research community is using AWS technologies to further invent and advance scientific discovery. A few customers who are leading the way in education and research in Europe are the University of Liverpool and the University of York.

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UNIwise Uses AWS to Administer Digital Exams Across Europe

Exams can be stressful for students, but the performance of their testing platform should not be a concern. Students expect the same level of tech they are used to in their daily lives, so universities must keep pace. In 2010, the founders of UNIwise, at the time working in managing positions at Aarhus University in Denmark, identified a student desire to bring and use their own computers for exams. At that time, no technology was available that would prevent cheating and plagiarism during digital exams.

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The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics Explores the Universe with the Cloud

The National Institute for Astrophysics (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica or INAF) is an Italian institution that conducts scientific research in astronomy and astrophysics. INAF research ranges from the study of the planets and minor bodies of the solar system to the large-scale structure of the Universe. Recently, INAF has been involved in two large projects where they turned to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud: the ESO Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) and Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).

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Age UK Scales to Connect with 7 Million People Each Year

Age UK is the UK’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. They have the vision to make the UK a great place to grow older and they work every day to achieve this by providing companionship, advice, and support for older people who need it most. Scalability, cost savings, and security are key in delivering Age UK’s services to more than 7 million people every year. In 2012, Age UK turned to AWS to help revamp their technology to better support the older generation in the UK.

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AWS Bahrain Summit Recap: Inspiring Stories from the Middle East

Our second annual AWS Summit in Bahrain took place on Sunday September 30th in Manama, Bahrain. More than 2,000 attendees including the Crown Prince and dignitaries within the Bahraini government joined us to get inspired and gain the technical knowledge needed to get more from the cloud. The event included 15 sessions across three tracks – management, technical, and spotlight. The Summit also featured those in the Middle East who have made impressive use of the cloud to foster a spirit of innovation in the region.

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Don’t Discount the Value of Innovation

Over the years, I have talked to thousands of customers about security and compliance topics. Many of these conversations revolved around specific security controls customers were interested in, or assurances about how specific cloud services are managed, or whether a cloud service complies with a specific regulation. Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) tend to be focused on maximizing control and visibility – and for good reasons. But with the focus on security controls and compliance requirements, one important topic rarely gets discussed: innovation. Overlooking the value of innovation to an organization, and the value of the pace of innovation, can be a serious ROI miscalculation.

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Bahrain Embraces the Cloud: A Look at Almoayyed Computers

The Bahrain government has set a goal to shift the IT infrastructures of all its ministries and offices to Amazon Web Services (AWS). As Bahrain embraces the cloud, AWS is committed to fostering a spirit of innovation in the Middle East. Ahead of the upcoming AWS Summit in Bahrain where we will offer the inspiration and technical knowledge you need to get more from the cloud, we are highlighting how Almoayyed Computers helped the Bahrain Ministry of Information Affairs (MIA) move a mission-critical, customer-facing website onto AWS in less than two weeks with no downtime.

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