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January 2015


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Scientist Recipient of 2015 NAS William O. Baker Award

Congratulations to Benjamin Recht, assistant professor of electrical engineering, computer science, and statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, for receiving the 2015 William O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research in…


From Putting People First

Big Data and Small: Collaborations between ethnographers and data scientists

Big Data and Small: Collaborations between ethnographers and data scientists

In the past three years, Heather Ford — an ethnographer and now a PhD student — has worked on ad hoc collaborative projects around Wikipedia sources with two data scientists from Minnesota, Dave Musicant and Shilad Sen. In this


From Putting People First

New Wikipedia page on “Design for behaviour change”

New Wikipedia page on “Design for behaviour change”

The new Wikipedia page on “Design for behaviour change” starts as follows: “Design for behaviour change is a sub-category of design, which is concerned with how design can shape, or be used to influence human behaviour. All approaches


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Nominations Due Next Friday!

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council nomination deadline is next Friday, February 6, 2015.   See complete details — including nominating instructions — below: The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science for the Masses

Data Science for the Masses

Paper by a colleague. Kirk Borne.  This is not just about Astronomy science data, but broadly applicable to science and industryThe Revolution in Astronomy Education: Data Science for the MassesKirk D. Borne (George Mason University)


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Speed 3D Microscope

High Speed 3D Microscope

In Kurzweil:   A microscope to take high speed 3D recordings of living things.  " ... A Columbia University scientist has developed a new microscope that can image freely moving living things in 3D at very high speeds — up to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Content Engineering and AI

Content Engineering and AI

Short piece by Omri Astel made me think about how ad content can be engineered based upon the audience.  Early steps have been taken in this direction.  For example, with Watson User Modeling. See this Description/Documentation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Phones Altering Brains

Smart Phones Altering Brains

In the BBC:   Based on EEG studies.     It is notable that this is a small N study:    " .. Study author Arko Ghosh, from the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich, said: "I was really surprised by the scale


From Schneier on Security

The IDEA Encryption Algorithm with a 128-bit Block Length

The IDEA Encryption Algorithm with a 128-bit Block Length

Here's an IDEA-variant with a 128-bit block length. While I think it's a great idea to bring IDEA up to a modern block length, the paper has none of the cryptanalysis behind it that IDEA had. If nothing else, I would have expected


From Apophenia

Baby Boaz

Baby Boaz

Boaz Lotan Boyd saw the blizzard coming and knew it was time for him to enter this world. At 4PM on Monday, January 26, a little ball of fuzzy cuteness let out a yelp and announced his presence at a healthy 6 pounds 14 ounces


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 26

January 27 Conference: The 2015 State of the Net Conference takes place. 8 a.m., The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Hearing: The Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ontologies of Jobs and their Related Tasks and Data

Ontologies of Jobs and their Related Tasks and Data

Last year I posted the text below.  Am now in the midst of working on an effort to  classify jobs and included tasks to determine how they can be linked to cognitive and data focused solutions.  Below I link to a very useful-


From Computational Complexity

A nice problem from a Romanian Math Problem Book

(All of the math for this problem is here)My Discrete Math Honors TA Ioana showed me a Romanian Math Problem book(She is Romanian) and told the following problem: (All ai in this post are assumed to be natural numbers) Show


From The Eponymous Pickle

EU Internet of Things Architecture Project

EU Internet of Things Architecture Project

I was pointed to this site which reports on the completion of an EU project on IOT architecture.   I like its form.   Its first goal: " ... an architectural reference model for the interoperability of Internet-of-Things systems


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wrist Smart Marketing

Wrist Smart Marketing

In Retailwire:  In-store broadcasting to Smart Watches.  More from InMarket.  I see they are looking at the behavioral interaction between shopper and wearable.  We were also most concerned with what the shopper really wanted


From The Eponymous Pickle

Platfora Solution

Platfora Solution

This Platfora solution was recently mentioned to me.  Examining." ... The only complete solution out there. Platfora is the only end-to-end software platform to run natively on Hadoop and provide raw data preparation, in-memory


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence

The following is a guest blog post by Tom Dietterich, current president for The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and Eric Horvitz, former president of AAAI. The first winter AAAI meeting is occurring now…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Big Data Give us Bionic Brains?

Can Big Data Give us Bionic Brains?

Deloitte Analytics report talks about "Bionic Brains"Juha Hulkkonen,  Business Development Leader at IBM, writes:  "The So What" section in Deloitte Analytics report is good plain language discussion of how cognitive computing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Things from Davos

Internet of Things from Davos

Correspondent Shoumen Datta of MIT sends along his PDF presentation on the Internet of Systems from Davos.  Always an interesting and a strongly visual resource. Now emphasizing the systems aspects.


From Schneier on Security

Basaaly Moalin: The One "Terrorist" Caught by Section 215 Surveillance

Basaaly Moalin: The One "Terrorist" Caught by Section 215 Surveillance

Remember back in 2013 when the then-director of the NSA Keith Alexander claimed that Section 215 bulk telephone metadata surveillance stopped "fifty-four different terrorist-related activities"? Remember when that number was


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 26 January 2015

Interesting Links 26 January 2015

A new semester starts for me today. Since I only teach semester courses that means a whole new group of students to meet and teach. I have spent much of the weekend retooling my plan for the semester based on what I learned last


From The Eponymous Pickle

Herb Simon's Last Lecture

Herb Simon's Last Lecture

From the currently ongoing AAAI conference via Jim Spohrer.  On Herb Simon.  I was most most interested in his work about systematizing decision making and AI, still very relevant in the new cognitive world.  Some discussionHerb


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Surface Hub

Microsoft Surface Hub

Saw a demonstration of this last week,  Microsoft Surface Hub, with the aim to make it useable from phones to large touch screens using the upcoming Windows 10.  Beyond conferences, can be used to deliver data directly to multiple


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Big Data is Changing New Product Development

How Big Data is Changing New Product Development

Below is an  collaborative webinar featuring two groups I have done work with.  And includes Tom Davenport, who included our analytics efforts at Procter & Gamble in his books.   I am looking forward to attendingWHAT: How Big


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pivoting on your Business Model

Pivoting on your Business Model

In Entrpreneur: Have not seen this covered before, but some of the recent enterprise changes made me think about it. Some good, simple ideas.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner: Mobile Apps will be Hybrid

Gartner: Mobile Apps will be Hybrid

A Gartner prediction that over 50 percent of Apps will be hybrid by 2016.  This question came to mind during the recent announcement of Windows 10 enhancements running on Windows phones.   Which of those will also operate on'


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

In Radar O'Reilly:  More detailed information about the concept and its broader applications.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Knowledge Management Right

Getting Knowledge Management Right

In the APQC Blog:  Some useful thoughts about knowledge management.    KM is still an important topic, but I see it being mentioned less often.   Is that because we have access to so much more knowledge now?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Stores Matter

Making Stores Matter

In McKinsey: Stores need to refine how they use their real estate. " ... For decades, the retail industry has followed the same straightforward formula for growth: open new stores. By replicating a proven store format in a new


From Putting People First

[Book] Beyond Design Ethnography

[Book] Beyond Design Ethnography

Beyond Design Ethnography: How Designers Practice Ethnographic Research Edited by Prof. Nicolas Nova along with Lysianne Léchot-Hirt of HEAD–Genève (CH), and Fabienne Kilchör and Sebastien Fasel (Emphase.ch) Head-Genève, January