Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Carnegie Mellon Computer Faces Poker Pros in Epic No-Limit Texas Hold’Em Competition

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By Ken Walters / CMU / 412-268-1151 / walters1@andrew.cmu.eduand Emily Watts / For Rivers Casino / 717-507-3754 / emily@hornercom.com In a contest that echoes Deep Blue’s chess victory over Garry Kasparov and Watson beating two Jeopardy! Champions, computer poker software [...]
By Ken Walters / CMU / 412-268-1151 / walters1@andrew. cmu. eduand Emily Watts / For Rivers Casino / 717-507-3754 / emily@hornercom. com In a contest that echoes Deep Blue’s chess victory over Garry Kasparov and Watson beating two Jeopardy! Champions, computer poker software developed at Carnegie Mellon University will challenge four of the world’s best professional poker players in a “Brains Vs.
Artificial Intelligence” competition beginning April 24 at Rivers Casino. Over the course of two weeks, the CMU computer program, Claudico, will play 20,000 hands of Heads-Up No-limit Texas Hold’em with each of the four poker pros.

The pros — Doug Polk, Dong Kim, Bjorn Li and Jason Les — will receive appearance fees derived from a prize purse of $100,000 donated by Microsoft Research and by Rivers Casino.
The Carnegie Mellon scientists will compete for something more precious. “Poker is now a benchmark for artificial intelligence research, just as chess once was,” said Tuomas Sandholm, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon who has led development of Claudico. “It’s a game of exceeding complexity that requires a machine to make decisions based on incomplete and often misleading information, thanks to bluffing, slow play and other decoys.
And to win, the machine has to out-smart its human opponents.

“Computing the world’s strongest strategies for this game was a major achievement — with the algorithms having future applications in business, military, cybersecurity and medical arenas,” Sandholm said. Though an earlier version of the computer program, called Tartanian7, decisively won the Heads-Up, No-limit Texas Hold’em category of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s Annual Computer Poker Competition last July, Sandholm said that doesn’t mean it necessarily is the equal of human players.
Computers have demonstrated they can outplay humans at the simpler game of Heads-Up Limit Texas Hold’em, he noted, but not the far more complicated no-limit version. “I think it’s a 50-50 proposition,” he said of Claudico’s chances. “I think there’s a good chance we’ll lose this thing.
”“I imagine that the humans have an edge here,” Polk said, citing the extraordinary programming challenge for a no-limit game. “However, it is very difficult to determine an outcome with any sort of stability, as I do not know what I am going to be up against. ” Polk is widely considered the world’s best player of Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold’em, with total live tournament earnings of more than $3.
6 million. Kim, Li and Les are also among the Top 10 players in the professional game, which is largely played online.

“My strategy will change more so than when playing against human players,” Polk added.
“I think there will be less hand reading so to speak, and less mind games. In some ways I think it will be nice as I can focus on playing a more pure game, and not have to worry about if he thinks that I think, etc. So I am looking forward to the match.
” “Rivers Casino is proud to partner with the number-one graduate school of computer science in the U.

S. , Carnegie Mellon University, right here in our own backyard,” said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers Casino.
“Regardless of whether man or machine prevails, this history-making experiment is a great win for Pittsburgh. ” The competition has been designed to ensure that the outcome is scientifically significant and not a result of luck. In addition to the large number of hands, the players will be paired to play duplicate matches — Player A will receive the same cards as the computer receives against Player B, and vice versa.
One of the human players will be in isolation, to prevent any comparison of the cards. The same arrangement applies to Players C and D. Play will proceed in two 750-hand sessions per day for 13 days over a two-week period, with one day set aside so the human players can rest.
Sandholm said imperfect information games such as poker are tremendously difficult because each player must reason what the opponent’s actions signal about the opponent’s cards and what the player’s own actions signal to the opponent. A no-limit game, in which players may bet or raise any amount up to all their chips, adds even greater complexity.

Two-player no-limit Hold’em, Sandholm said, has 10161 (1 followed by 161 zeroes) situations, or information sets, that a player may face —vastly more than all of the atoms in the universe.
By contrast, the easier game of limit Hold’em, in which bets and raises are limited to a pre-determined amount, has only 1013 (1 followed by 13 zeroes) information sets. A computer poker group at the University of Alberta, headed by CMU alumnus Michael Bowling, reported earlier this year in the journal Science that it has near-optimally solved that simpler game. To tackle the tougher no-limit version, Claudico was built using algorithms that analyzed the basic rules of poker to devise a winning strategy, rather than try to encode the tricks and strategies of human experts.
“Claudico” is Latin for “limp.

” In poker, limping means to get into a hand by calling, rather than raising or folding. Humans generally dismiss limping as bad strategy, but Claudico embraces it.
“The pros may find that playing Claudico is like playing a Martian,” said Sandholm, noting limping is just one of the ways the computer differs from human players. Even an abstracted version of the no-limit game was so large that it necessitated that Sandholm and his Ph. D.
students, Sam Ganzfried and Noam Brown, use the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s Blacklight supercomputer to compute Claudico’s strategy. Blacklight has a huge amount of random access memory — 16 trillion bytes, or roughly 8,000 times more than the most powerful tablet computers. Though Claudico will run on a CMU computer as it plays the pros, it will use Blacklight during the event to continuously improve its strategy.

More information is available at https: //www. cs. cmu. edu/brains-vs-ai.
The competition continues Carnegie Mellon’s pioneering research in artificial intelligence, which began with the creation of the first AI program, Logic Theorist, in 1956. The top-ranked School of Computer Science includes the world’s first Machine Learning Department and some of the world’s leading scientists in computational game theory, market design, natural language processing, computer vision, speech translation, thought identification and collaboration among intelligent agents.

During the 1970s and ’80s, Hans Berliner, then a CMU senior research scientist, worked on a series of chess-playing machines, including Hitech, which in 1985 was the first to achieve the rank of senior master.
In the late ’80s, three CMU grad students, Feng-hsiung Hsu, Murray Campbell and Thomas Anantharaman, developed a faster chess machine, ChipTest. When IBM hired the trio, ChipTest evolved into Deep Blue, which finally beat Kasparov in 1997. IBM’s Watson, which beat Jeopardy champions Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings in 2011, benefited from the contributions of Eric Nyberg and his students in SCS’s Language Technologies Institute.
The site of the competition, Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino, opened in 2009 and has been named “Best Overall Gaming Resort in Pennsylvania” for five consecutive years by Casino Player Magazine.

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Continuous Power Flow? Totally Integrated!

Walking from one end of Siemens’ 3,500-sqm exhibition area to the other at this year’s Hannover Messe one solution was prevalent across all areas, from Energy to Industry: Totally Integrated Power. It was a way to physically experience the comprehensive [...]
Walking from one end of Siemens’ 3,500-sqm exhibition area to the other at this year’s Hannover Messe one solution was prevalent across all areas, from Energy to Industry: Totally Integrated Power. It was a way to physically experience the comprehensive scope of Siemens’ end-to-end portfolio encompassing software and hardware products, systems and solutions for all voltage levels – from high-voltage in-feed, to low-voltage consumption, from grid access via industry application to home supply. Basically, Totally Integrated Power (TIP) is a one-stop shop for all matters of electrification. Safe, reliable and efficient electrification that allows for comfort at home as well as for a prospering business environment and a secure infrastructure.
It enables power supply for all industries, such as the oil and gas industry or wind power plants, from the mining to the automotive industry and data centers. But Siemens TIP is also an efficiency hub, improving the safety and reliability of our power supply – and making it more sustainable and affordable.

Siemens offers grid connection solutions that ensure, e.
g. the efficient transmission of bulk energy from renewable resources such as offshore wind farms. Further vital applications include power exchange between grids such as connecting microgrids to the main grid, crossing geographical barriers such as marine straights or mountain ranges, connecting transnational grids – always linking electricity generation and consumption.
A unique proposition One of the groundbreaking new grid connection solutions, premiered at this year’s EWEA Offshore in Copenhagen and showcased at Hannover Messe, was the offshore transformer module (OTM), a new alternating-current (AC) grid access solution.

Grid access from near-shore wind power plants will become more economical as Siemens innovations downscale the size of the technological equipment, thus lowering installation and maintenance costs, which account for a high portion of the total grid access costs. The new OTM is one third smaller in size and weight and is thus small and light enough to attach directly to a wind turbine.
Focusing on the core electrical equipment and removing a number of optional ancillary systems made this space and weight reduction possible. Moreover, the use of ester liquids instead of mineral oil makes this solution extremely environmentally friendly. Esters liquids have a low flammability and are biodegradable which is very important for operations at sea.

An exciting range Further TIP innovations on show in Hannover included: -     a 3 VA circuit breaker, one of the most important components in modern low-voltage power distribution.

-     intelligent transformer substations for future-proof power distribution (see also our previous blog post in the Hannover Messe series:  “How Digitization drives Smart Grid Innovation”, and -     gas-insulated medium-voltage switchgear for applications in large buildings such as airports or hospitals. More informationVideo: Totally Integrated Power - safe, reliable and efficient Here you can find all blogposts regarding Hannover Messe 2015.
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Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center Wins Gold at Edison Awards

Mario Savvides
By Daniel Tkacik / 412-268-1187 / dtkacik@andrew.cmu.edu Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center won Gold at last night’s 2015 Edison Awards in the category of Applied Technology. Since 2008, the Edison Awards have recognized products, institutions and business leaders showing excellence [...]
By Daniel Tkacik / 412-268-1187 / dtkacik@andrew. cmu. edu Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center won Gold at last night’s 2015 Edison Awards in the category of Applied Technology. Since 2008, the Edison Awards have recognized products, institutions and business leaders showing excellence in innovation, with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla/SpaceX, and Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo among those recognized in the past.
“It is a huge honor for our lab to receive an Edison Award,” said Marios Savvides, research professor of electrical and computer engineering and founder and director of the Biometrics Center. “This award is an important verification of our technological innovations and their positive impact on society.

” Savvides’ Biometrics Center, housed in the College of Engineering’s cybersecurity laboratory, CyLab, is developing tools that use “bio-metrics” — unique signatures in a person’s appearance such as the shape of their face or the iris in their eye — to achieve accurate identification.
The center recently demonstrated that its long-range iris system could be used to reveal a driver’s identity by scanning their iris through a side-view mirror of a car. “Savvides’ lab is creating opportunities to save lives by enabling officers to identify potentially dangerous criminals without even approaching the vehicle,” said Jim Garrett, dean of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering. The center also addresses the problem of partially-occluded faces in photographs, such as when a subject’s face is not directly facing the camera and only part of a subject’s face is captured.
Savvides’ technology is able to predict what the subject’s face looks like in its entirety with high accuracy, even with a blurry, low-resolution image.

“The computer is doing something the human brain cannot do,” Savvides said. “I just find it extremely fascinating how machine learning and pattern-recognition can create this artificial intelligence system that can make correct inferences from such small amounts of facial data.
” Mario Savvides (above) poses with the top prize at the Edison Awards. .
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Distinguished Technologist Kave Eshghi returns to HP Labs to develop novel analytics for The Machine

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After working with Google for the past 18 months, cloud computing pioneer Kave Eshghi returns to HP Labs this week to help drive information and analytics research in support of The Machine, the company’s major research initiative to reinvent [...]
After working with Google for the past 18 months, cloud computing pioneer Kave Eshghi returns to HP Labs this week to help drive information and analytics research in support of The Machine, the company’s major research initiative to reinvent the fundamental architecture of computing. “We’re thrilled to have Kave back in the building as a Distinguished Technologist,” says Jaap Suermondt, VP and director of HP’s Analytics Lab. “Kave is a genuine innovator who combines tireless intellectual curiosity with the patience and persistence required to see complex technology transfers across the finish line. He has led multiple projects that have had tangible business impact for HP and we’re excited to have him returning to do more of the same.
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Beyond the lithium ion--a significant step toward a better performing battery

Jordi Cabana
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can [...]
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today's devices.

Full story at http: //news. uic. edu/beyond-the-lithium-ion-a-significant-step-toward-a-better-performing-batterySourceUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoThis is an NSF News From the Field item.
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Study reveals possible new avenues for breast cancer therapy

Robert Lawrence and Judit Villen
An exhaustive analysis has been conducted of more than 12,000 distinct proteins present in an often aggressive and difficult to treat form of breast cancer called triple-negative breast cancer. The results may help explain why these cancers often fail [...]
An exhaustive analysis has been conducted of more than 12,000 distinct proteins present in an often aggressive and difficult to treat form of breast cancer called triple-negative breast cancer. The results may help explain why these cancers often fail to respond to current drug treatments and may provide researchers with new targets for drug therapy.

Full story at http: //hsnewsbeat. uw. edu/story/study-explores-new-avenues-breast-cancer-therapySourceUniversity of Washington Health Sciences/University of Washington MedicineThis is an NSF News From the Field item.
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New lab technique reveals structure and function of proteins critical in DNA repair

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By combining two highly innovative experimental techniques, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have for the first time, simultaneously observed the structure and the correlated function of specific proteins critical in the repair of DNA, providing definitive [...]
By combining two highly innovative experimental techniques, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have for the first time, simultaneously observed the structure and the correlated function of specific proteins critical in the repair of DNA, providing definitive answers to some highly debated questions, and opening up new avenues of inquiry and exciting new possibilities for biological engineering.

Full story at http: //engineering. illinois. edu/news/article/10947SourceUniversity of Illinois College of EngineeringThis is an NSF News From the Field item.
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Astronomers probe inner region of young star and its planets

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Taking advantage of the unprecedented sensitivity of the Large Binocular Telescope in southeastern Arizona, an international team of astronomers has obtained the first results from the LEECH exoplanets survey (or LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt). The findings reveal new [...]
Taking advantage of the unprecedented sensitivity of the Large Binocular Telescope in southeastern Arizona, an international team of astronomers has obtained the first results from the LEECH exoplanets survey (or LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt). The findings reveal new insights into the architecture of HR8799, a "scaled-up" version of our solar system 130 light-years from Earth.

Full story at http: //uanews. org/story/astronomers-probe-young-star-and-its-planetsSourceUniversity of ArizonaThis is an NSF News From the Field item.
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Big butts aren't everything to male baboons

Noodle, a female baboon from Kenya
While the female baboon's big red bottom may be an eyesore to some, it has an aphrodisiac effect on her mates. Biologists have long thought that baboon males prefer females with bigger backsides as the mark of a good [...]
While the female baboon's big red bottom may be an eyesore to some, it has an aphrodisiac effect on her mates. Biologists have long thought that baboon males prefer females with bigger backsides as the mark of a good mother, but a Duke University study reveals that the size of a female's swollen rump doesn't matter as much as previously thought.

Full story at http: //today. duke. edu/2015/04/sizeisnteverythingSourceDuke UniversityThis is an NSF News From the Field item.
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Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

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The key to better cell phones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research at Kansas State University. Full story at http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/apr15/singh41615.html Source Kansas State University This is an NSF [...]
The key to better cell phones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research at Kansas State University.

Full story at http: //www. k-state. edu/media/newsreleases/apr15/singh41615. htmlSourceKansas State UniversityThis is an NSF News From the Field item.
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2015 Dallas CASA Classic Golf Tournament Contributes $1.5 Million to Help Abused Children in Dallas

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 24, 2015-- Pioneer Natural Resources, Goldman Sachs and AT&T joined forces Monday, April 20, 2015, to host the Dallas CASA Classic. This annual invitational golf tournament benefits Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which provides advocates in court [...]
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 24, 2015-- Pioneer Natural Resources, Goldman Sachs and AT&T joined forces Monday, April 20, 2015, to host the Dallas CASA Classic. This annual invitational golf tournament benefits Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which provides advocates in court for abused children. The three hosts presented a check to Dallas CASA for $1.
5 million. Scott Sheffield, Pioneer Chairman and CEO, said, “We are honored to co-host this golf tournament each year to support Dallas CASA and to provide hope for children in foster care.

These funds are critical to meeting CASA’s mission of in….
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Noble Corporation plc Board Sets Schedule For Dividend Payment

LONDON, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Corporation plc (NYSE: NE) today announced its Board of Directors has scheduled the payment of the Company's quarterly cash dividend of $0.375 per share. The ex-dividend date for this payment is expected to be [...]
LONDON, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Corporation plc (NYSE: NE) today announced its Board of Directors has scheduled the payment of the Company's quarterly cash dividend of $0. 375 per share. The ex-dividend date for this payment is expected to be April 30, 2015, with a record date of May 4, 2015 and a payment date of May 14, 2015.   The Company expects that this dividend will be treated as a qualified dividend for purposes of U.
S. taxes.

About Noble Corporation Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry.
The Company owns and operates one of the most modern, versatile and technically advanced fleets in the offshore drilling industry. Noble performs….
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Tyco Reports Second Quarter 2015 Earnings From Continuing Operations Before Special Items of $0.55 Per Share and GAAP Earnings of $0.43 Per Share

CORK, Ireland, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, revenue of $2.4 billion increases 4%, with 2% organic growth and 2% growth from acquisitions Diluted EPS from continuing operations before special items increases 17% [...]
CORK, Ireland, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, revenue of $2. 4 billion increases 4%, with 2% organic growth and 2% growth from acquisitions Diluted EPS from continuing operations before special items increases 17% As previously announced, during the quarter the company completes the acquisition of Industrial Safety Technologies (IST), a global leader in gas and flame detection The company's Board of Directors approves a 14% increase in the company's quarterly dividend to $0. 205 per share, as previously announced Provides guidance for third quarter 2015 EPS before special items of $0. 55 - $0.
57 Updates guidance for full ye….
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CeNS Annual Report 2014 online

2014 was a successful year for all CeNS members with many events like the annual CeNS workshop in Venice or the International Meeting of the Physics of Living Systems Student Reserach network (iPoLS), exciting multidisciplinary research projects and publications and [...]
2014 was a successful year for all CeNS members with many events like the annual CeNS workshop in Venice or the International Meeting of the Physics of Living Systems Student Reserach network (iPoLS), exciting multidisciplinary research projects and publications and a multitude of awards and recognitions. Read all about it in the recently published CeNS Annual Report 2014! If you would like to receive a hardcopy of the report, please contact Claudia Leonhardt.
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How close are we to a vaccine for malaria?

On the eve of World Malaria Day 2015, the global health community is celebrating the publication of the final data on the efficacy of the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine, RTS,S. Here, Professor Philip Bejon, Director of the Kemri-Wellcome Trust [...]
On the eve of World Malaria Day 2015, the global health community is celebrating the publication of the final data on the efficacy of the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine, RTS,S. Here, Professor Philip Bejon, Director of the Kemri-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya and an author of today’s Lancet Infectious Diseases paper, describes the […].
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Genetic counseling linked to increased use of preventive ovary removal in women at high risk for ovarian cancer

A randomized clinical trial conducted by M. Robyn Andersen, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues at Fred Hutch has found, for the first time, that proactively offering genetic counseling to women at high risk of ovarian cancer can increase the use of [...]
A randomized clinical trial conducted by M. Robyn Andersen, Ph. D. , M.
P. H.

, and colleagues at Fred Hutch has found, for the first time, that proactively offering genetic counseling to women at high risk of ovarian cancer can increase the use of prophylactic oophorectomy, or preventive ovary removal.
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Rockwell Collins reports second quarter EPS from continuing operations increase 13% to $1.22

 Second quarter sales increase 7%  Cash provided by operating activities for the first six months of fiscal 2015 improves 69% CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (April 23, 2015) - Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) today reported second quarter fiscal year 2015 [...]
 Second quarter sales increase 7%  Cash provided by operating activities for the first six months of fiscal 2015 improves 69% CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (April 23, 2015) - Rockwell Collins, Inc.

(NYSE: COL) today reported second quarter fiscal year 2015 earnings per share from continuing operations increased 13% to $1. 22 compared to $1. 08 in the prior year. Total sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 were $1.
34 billion, a 7% increase from the same period in fiscal year 2014. Cash provided by operating activities for the first six months of fiscal 2015 totaled $132 million, an increase of $54 million compared to the $78 million reported for the first six months last year.

"Our performance in the first half of fiscal 2015 is underscored by another quarter of double digit EPS growth driven by organic sales and earnings growth across all of our businesses," said Rockwell Collins Chief Executive Officer and President, Kelly Ortberg.
"Our plan for the year is playing out about as we expected, with air transport OEM sales and aviation connectivity sales continuing to pace our top-line revenue growth. We're also seeing stabilization in U. S.
DoD programs and business jet production.

As a result, I continue to believe we are well positioned to deliver double-digit earnings per share and cash flow growth for fiscal year 2015. " Following is a discussion of fiscal year 2015 second quarter sales and earnings for each business segment.
Commercial Systems Commercial Systems, which provides aviation electronics systems, products and services to air transport, business and regional aircraft manufacturers and airlines worldwide, achieved 2015 second quarter results as summarized below. Original equipment sales increased due to improved share of airline selectable equipment, higher customer funded development program sales, and higher OEM production rates. Aftermarket sales increased primarily due to higher service and support revenues, increased sales of used aircraft parts, and higher regulatory mandate-related sales.
Operating earnings increased due to incremental earnings on higher sales volume. Government Systems Government Systems provides a broad range of electronic products, systems and services to customers including the U. S.
Department of Defense, other government agencies, civil agencies, defense contractors and ministries of defense around the world. Results from the second quarter of 2015 are summarized below.

Avionics sales increased due to higher hardware deliveries for rotary wing aircraft, higher KC-10 retrofit sales, and higher Joint Strike Fighter simulation and training sales.
  These increases were partially offset by lower KC-46 development program sales and the foreign currency impact of a stronger U. S. dollar.
Communication product sales decreased due to lower deliveries of Joint Tactical Radio System Manpack radios partially offset by higher data link development sales.

Surface solutions sales decreased due to lower development sales for the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System program. Operating earnings increased due to incremental earnings on higher sales volume, partially offset by higher investment in company-funded R&D expense.
Information Management Services Information Management Services (IMS) enables mission-critical data and voice communications throughout the world to customers including the U. S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), commercial airlines, business aircraft operators, airport and critical infrastructure operators and major passenger and freight railroads.
These communications are enabled by the Company's high-performance, high-quality and high-assurance proprietary radio and terrestrial networks, enhancing customer efficiency, safety and connectivity. Results from the second quarter of 2015 are summarized below. IMS sales increased primarily due to 10 percent growth in aviation related businesses including GLOBALinkSM and ARINCDirectSM, partially offset by lower sales due to the exit of certain government programs.
 IMS operating earnings and operating margin increased primarily due to the higher sales volume and the absence of certain licensing costs incurred in the prior year. Corporate and Financial Highlights Income Taxes The company's effective income tax rate was 32.

4% for the second quarter of 2015 compared to a rate of 31.
5% for the same period last year. The higher effective income tax rate in the second quarter of 2015 was due primarily to a favorable adjustment recorded in the second quarter of 2014 that related to the resolution of the IRS audit for taxable years ended September 30, 2010 and 2011. Cash Flow Cash provided by operating activities was $132 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2015, compared to $78 million in the first six months of fiscal year 2014.
The increase in cash provided by operating activities was due primarily to higher earnings and lower income tax payments, partially offset by other net working capital changes.

During the second quarter of 2015, the company repurchased 0. 7 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $63 million.
The company also paid a dividend on its common stock of 30 cents per share, or $40 million, in the second quarter of 2015.

Fiscal Year 2015 Outlook The following table is a summary of the company's financial guidance for continuing operations for fiscal year 2015, which is unchanged from the guidance previously provided on January 23, 2015: (1) - Total research and development investment consists of company and customer funded research & development expenditures as well as the net increase in pre-production engineering costs capitalized within inventory.

Conference Call and Webcast Details Rockwell Collins CEO and President, Kelly Ortberg, and Senior Vice President and CFO, Patrick Allen, will conduct an earnings conference call at 10: 00 a. m. Eastern Time on April 23, 2015. Individuals may listen to the call and view management's supporting slide presentation on the Internet at www.
rockwellcollins. com.

Listeners are encouraged to go to the Investor Relations portion of the web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary software.
The call will be available for replay on the Internet at www. rockwellcollins. com.
Business Highlights Rockwell Collins expands information management offerings with acquisition of Pacific Avionics Rockwell Collins acquired Pacific Avionics Pty.

Limited, a Singapore-based company specializing in technologies used for wireless information distribution, including inflight entertainment and connectivity. Rockwell Collins and Bluesky sign final agreement to form ACCEL (Tianjin) Flight Simulation Co.
LTD. Rockwell Collins and Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology, an AVIC subsidiary, signed a final agreement to establish ACCEL (Tianjin) Flight Simulation Co. LTD.
Joint Venture (JV). The JV, with equal shares owned by the two entities, will create a simulation and training center of excellence in China for commercial flight simulation and training solutions. Rockwell Collins teams with OneWeb to provide unprecedented connectivity to aviation Rockwell Collins signed a memorandum of understanding with OneWeb Ltd.
to be the exclusive developer and provider of satellite communication terminals for OneWeb's global aviation high-speed broadband service. Rockwell Collins will also be an authorized value added reseller of OneWeb connectivity services.

Rockwell Collins unveils ground-breaking approach to military communications with launch of TruNet™ networked communications solution For years, the U.
S. armed forces and militaries around the world have sought an interoperable, scalable, ad-hoc networked communications system that allows warfighters to talk with each other, no matter if they are located on the ground or in the air. Now Rockwell Collins has cracked that code with its TruNet networked communications solution – offering a one-stop, integrated ground-air network.
Rockwell Collins to produce SATCOM terminals for Iridium CertusSM broadband Rockwell Collins entered into an agreement with Iridium Communications Inc.

to be a value-added manufacturer for Iridium Certus broadband terminals. As a VAM, Rockwell Collins will design and manufacture the terminals, which will enable users to utilize Iridium Certus, the voice and data service enabled by the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation.

Rockwell Collins avionics selected by the following airlines: India-based airline, IndiGo, selected Rockwell Collins' advanced avionics systems, including its MultiScan ThreatTrack™ weather radar and Multi-Mode Receiver, for 30 Airbus A320neo (new engine option) aircraft. China Eastern selected Rockwell Collins' advanced avionics systems, including its Head-up Guidance System and Multi-Mode Receiver, for 20 new Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft. Rockwell Collins' PAVES™ Broadcast in-flight entertainment and Airshow® 3D Moving Map systems will be featured on 45 Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft on order by China-based Xiamen Airlines and its subsidiary, Hebei Airlines. China-based Hainan Airlines selected Rockwell Collins' Head-up Guidance System for an undisclosed number of new and in-service Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft and flight simulators to improve safety and performance.
Star Air to upgrade Boeing 767 fleet with Rockwell Collins' large-format flight displays Rockwell Collins' large-format flight displays, inspired by the same display system found on Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes, was selected by Denmark-based Star Air for its fleet of 11 Boeing 767-200BDSF cargo airplanes. Rockwell Collins brings innovative avionics to Bristow Helicopters for U.

K.
search and rescue program Rockwell Collins' newest technologies for helicopters will be playing a key role in advancing search and rescue services being provided by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the UK's search and rescue (SAR) program, commencing in April. Rockwell Collins' flight decks are featured on the new fleet of specially commissioned SAR aircraft, including 11 Sikorsky S-92s and 11 AW189 helicopters. Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins Launch into India's Military Flight Simulation Market Segment Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins announced their decision to join forces in military flight simulation by unveiling a next generation rotary wing simulator at Aero India 2015.
The two industry leaders recently signed a memorandum of understanding to combine their strengths in simulation and training to offer advanced and high fidelity aviation training solutions.

Rockwell Collins to provide Joint Fires Observer/Joint Terminal Attack Controller simulator to Australian Army Rockwell Collins will provide the Australian Army with the latest generation Joint Fires Observer /Joint Terminal Attack Controller simulator that is designed to meet all of the service's training requirements now and into the foreseeable future. Rockwell Collins collaborates with AMMROC for military avionics MRO alliance Rockwell Collins and Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) LLC, an Abu Dhabi-based company, have agreed in principle to form a strategic alliance that will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for military avionics.
Target markets include the UAE and countries in the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa region. Rockwell Collins delivers RNP-RNAV capabilities for U. S.
Army CH-47F Chinooks The U. S. Army continues to bring additional levels of safety to CH-47F operators with a new Required Navigation Performance-Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) upgrade from Rockwell Collins.
Rockwell Collins to provide secure GPS receivers for Harris Corporation tactical radios Rockwell Collins signed a contract to provide its MicroGRAM GPS receivers for Harris Corporation's tactical radios, bringing secure, jam-resistant GPS capability to products such as the Falcon III AN/PRC-158 and AN/PRC-117G. Rockwell Collins completes sale of ARINC Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support to Field Aviation Inc.

Rockwell Collins completed the sale of ARINC Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support to Field Aviation Inc.
, a privately held U. S. company.
Rockwell Collins introduces ARINC MultiLinkSM flight tracking service Rockwell Collins unveiled its ARINC MultiLinkSM flight tracking service, offering a comprehensive and cost-effective global flight tracking solution for the world's airlines.

ARINC MultiLink brings together multiple data sources to reliably report the location of an aircraft anywhere in the world. Rockwell Collins launches live credit card authorization service on Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) is the launch airline for a new service from Rockwell Collins that enables the airline to conduct live credit card authorizations using Wi-Fi® over its existing ARINC ACARS infrastructure.
The service, which is the first of its kind in the industry, is offered through a strategic agreement with the DFASS Group. With this service, HKA will be able to process credit card authorizations in real time, eliminating loss due to credit card fraud. Federal Aviation Administration awards oceanic data link services contract to Rockwell Collins Rockwell Collins has been awarded a seven year contract with the Federal Aviation Administration to provide the company's oceanic data link service to enable real-time, data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, allowing aircraft to fly more efficient routes to save fuel and enhance safety.
About Rockwell Collins Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training and information management services is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit www.
rockwellcollins. com.

Forward-Looking Statement This press release contains statements, including certain projections and business trends, that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the financial condition of our customers, including bankruptcies; the health of the global economy, including potential deterioration in economic and financial market conditions; adjustments to the commercial OEM production rates and the aftermarket; the impacts of natural disasters and pandemics, including operational disruption, potential supply shortages and other economic impacts; cybersecurity threats, including the potential misappropriation of assets or sensitive information, corruption of data or operational disruption; delays related to the award of domestic and international contracts; delays in customer programs; unanticipated impacts of sequestration and other provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011 as modified by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013; the continued support for military transformation and modernization programs; potential impact of volatility in oil prices, currency exchange rates or interest rates on the commercial aerospace industry or our business; the impact of terrorist events on the commercial aerospace industry; declining defense budgets resulting from budget deficits in the U. S. and abroad; changes in domestic and foreign government spending, budgetary, procurement and trade policies adverse to our businesses; market acceptance of our new and existing technologies, products and services; reliability of and customer satisfaction with our products and services; potential unavailability of our mission-critical data and voice communication networks; favorable outcomes on or potential cancellation or restructuring of contracts, orders or program priorities by our customers; recruitment and retention of qualified personnel; regulatory restrictions on air travel due to environmental concerns; effective negotiation of collective bargaining agreements by us, our customers, and our suppliers; performance of our customers and subcontractors; risks inherent in development and fixed-price contracts, particularly the risk of cost overruns; risk of significant reduction to air travel or aircraft capacity beyond our forecasts; our ability to execute to internal performance plans such as productivity and quality improvements and cost reduction initiatives; achievement of ARINC integration and synergy plans as well as our other acquisition and related integration plans; continuing to maintain our planned effective tax rates; our ability to develop contract compliant systems and products on schedule and within anticipated cost estimates; risk of fines and penalties related to noncompliance with laws and regulations including export control and environmental regulations; risk of asset impairments; our ability to win new business and convert those orders to sales within the fiscal year in accordance with our annual operating plan; and the uncertainties of the outcome of lawsuits, claims and legal proceedings, as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed herein and from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

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