by Johanna Pingel

Recently, I have been writing short Q&A columns on deep learning. I’m excited to share the latest article with you today: All About Pretrained Models. In this post, I’ll walk through the first of 3 questions answered in the column, with a link to more articles at the end.

Background: Choosing a pretrained model

You can see the latest pretrained models available on the MATLAB Github page where you’ll see there are many models to choose from. We have talked about pretrained models in blog in previous posts:

In honor of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, we recognize three women using MATLAB for their PhD. You can find them on Instagram, sharing their journeys to inspire other women in STEM.


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Annabelle Nwaokorie is a second year cancer research PhD student. She is 24 and from Dublin, Ireland, currently studying at University College Dublin (UCD). She has an honours Bachelor of Science degree in physics with medical physics and bioengineering and a masters degree in medical physics, graduating with first class honours in both degrees.

Her current field of discipline for her…

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Electrifying Commercial Vehicles with Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Shipping and seaport infrastructure are significant sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to the International Maritime Organization, maritime transport creates over 900 million tons of CO2 annually. Global economies rely on shipping to get their products to the consumer, with up to 90% of all foreign goods flowing through ports on container ships, but the toll on the environment is substantial. And those living near busy seaports are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution caused by emissions from diesel engines on the commercial vehicles at the port.

For example, large industrial vehicles called container handlers load and unload…

One Reddit user posed this question: Why is MATLAB uncommonly used in computer science/engineering? Keep reading to hear what the Reddit community had to say!

“MATLAB, at its core, excels at systems of linear equations and differential equations.

If you work in a field that features systems of linear equations or differential equations, then you’ll probably be using MATLAB.”

“I’ve never interacted with a major tech company that wasn’t using MATLAB.”

MATLAB IDE is the best I’ve used. Need a profiler? Debugger? It’s all there.

MATLAB/Simulink is widely used across many industries to develop models and generate auto-code for real-time…

by Connell D’Souza

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but no one said anything about movies, right?? In today’s post, I am pleased to welcome the winners of the “Most creative use of MATLAB” Award at TAMU Datathon 2020. TAMU Datathon is the world’s first and only Major League Hacking (MLH) Data Science Hackathon, aiming to connect top Data Science/Machine Learning talent with top companies. Our guest bloggers for the day — Vaishnavi Duraisamy, Adhithiyaraj Sankaranarayanan, Guru Sarath Thangamani, Priyanka Karuppuch Samy will talk about their poster based movie recommendation hack, over to our guest bloggers…

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by Neha Goel

Hello all, I am Neha Goel, Technical Lead for AI/Data Science competitions on the MathWorks Student Competition team. MathWorks is excited to support WiDS Datathon 2021 by providing complimentary MATLAB Licenses, tutorials, and getting started resources to each participant.

To request your complimentary license, go to the MathWorks site, click the “Request Software” button, and fill out the software request form. You will get your license within 72 business hours.

The WiDS Datathon 2021 focuses on patient health through data from MIT’s GOSSIS (Global Open Source Severity of Illness Score) initiative. Brought to you by the Global…

by Lisa Harvey

With the notable exception of owls, parrots, and very few others, birds don’t blink like humans. They don’t close their top and bottom eyelids completely. But birds have a third eyelid, a thin membrane that closes sideways. A semitransparent film, the nictitating membrane, slides across their eyes when they blink. It momentarily obstructs their vision. Their blinks serve the same purpose as ours: keeping their eyes clean and moistened.

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The New York Times article, To Study Blinking, a Scientist Needed a Literal Bird’s Eye View, reported on recent research that examined how birds blink before, during, and…

Long-Distance Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery and Beyond

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The bedside unit has an extended reach arm and bedside touch screen. This is operated by the scrub staff. Image Credit: Corindus

In 2018, five patients at the Apex Heart Institute in Ahmedabad, India, received treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD) the same way 3 million others do each year: a small balloon was inserted into an artery in the heart and inflated, making way for the placement of a stent to keep the vital pathway open.

The procedure, known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is the standard treatment for atherosclerosis, a common CAD marked by the buildup of plaque inside the arteries and a subsequent restriction of blood flow. …

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a simulation of intelligent human behavior. It’s a computer or system designed to perceive its environment, understand its behaviors, and take action. Consider self-driving cars: AI-driven systems like these integrate AI algorithms, such as machine learning and deep learning, into complex environments that enable automation.

Why Does AI Matter?

AI is estimated to create $13 trillion in economic value worldwide by 2030, according to a McKinsey forecast.

That’s because AI is transforming engineering in nearly every industry and application area. Beyond automated driving, AI is also used in models that predict machine failure, indicating when they will require maintenance…

by Peetak Mitra, Dr. Majid Haghshenas and Prof. David P. Schmidt

The following is an accepted paper at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) Machine Learning for Engineering Design, Simulation Workshop 2020. This work is a part of the ICEnet Consortium, an industry-funded effort in building data-driven tools relevant to modeling Internal Combustion Engines. More details can be found at

In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in using machine learning for modeling physics applications. Prof. Schmidt’s research group at UMass Amherst has been working towards applying these methods for turbulence closure, coarse-graining, combustion or building…

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