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August 2014


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The world’s oldest computer and the Antikythera challenge

The world’s oldest computer and the Antikythera challenge

When we think about the first computers to produce useful information for mankind, our mind usually goes to the 1940s: the conceptual Turing machine, the ENIAC, vacuum tubes and punched cards…we may even bring to mind the early…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robo Brain is now Open on the Web

Robo Brain is now Open on the Web

Clever idea, that I think has been tried before.  Now from Cornell and elsewhere and supported by a number of big technology companies.  Why not learn from the Web?  We all do.  See the examples of recent learning, which areHey…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the New Digital Medicine

On the New Digital Medicine

In the CACM:  Good article on the state of digital medicine.  Useful introduction to current technologies and implications.  Reviewing.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Fellow Randal Bryant Joins White House Staff To Tackle Big Data

ACM Fellow Randal Bryant Joins White House Staff To Tackle Big Data

Randal Bryant, University Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, has accepted a temporary assignment to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Bryant, an ACM Fellow since 2000 and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Watson Changed IBM

How Watson Changed IBM

In the HBR: Good piece about how IBM used a broad re-invention of a known idea to change itself.  In much evidence now by the huge investment being made by IBM in delivering this.  Creating a platform rather than just a product…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Location Context is Still Everything

Location Context is Still Everything

In K@W: Fairly obvious, back to the meaning of how different kinds of consumer contexts and  behaviors influence internet use.  We went into retail to examine it.   You can now observe this in most any public space.    Have not…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nestle and Data Visualization

Nestle and Data Visualization

Quite impressive view of data visualization methods in use at Nestle. Similarities to Business Sphere work at P&G, but appears to be more broadly used.   Implication that much more analytics is embedded in the effort. With an…


From Schneier on Security

People Are Not Very Good at Matching Photographs to People

People Are Not Very Good at Matching Photographs to People

We have an error rate of about 15%: Professor Mike Burton, Sixth Century Chair in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen said: "Psychologists identified around a decade ago that in general people are not very good at matching…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 25 August 2014

Interesting Links 25 August 2014

Well I made it though going back to school. Teachers went back Tuesday, we saw our freshmen students briefly on Wednesday and had a full (very full) day of classes on Friday. Today starts the regular routine.

Edutopia says the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Overview of R: What is it?

Overview of R: What is it?

I have had a number of people ask me the question:  What is it?  Who uses it?  I have been surprised that some schools are not teaching it.  It seems more of a tool use for acquired needs.  And is increasingly being used to for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rethinking Computer Aided Design

Rethinking Computer Aided Design

Quite an interesting article, especially with regard to the integration with 3D printing." ... The future of computer-aided design (CAD) tools, in light of recent developments in three-dimensional printing and additive manufacturing…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Scholarships

Scholarships

ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences. This exposure to the CS research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Guidelines for Great Data Visualizations

Guidelines for Great Data Visualizations

Good thoughts and examples. It is often too how the overall concept of the design works that makes the visualization good.  Further, consider the devices on which the visualization will be delivered, and the extent to which any…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Brought to my attention:  the Wright State University Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management.   Just spoke at their MS program for the fourth year in a row on supply chain technology innovation.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Largest Robot Swarm

Largest Robot Swarm

From Wired:  Another example of robotic swarms.  The idea might be to use a large number of relatively simple robotics to perform a task, the task might be sensory, for example.  We examined a a large warehouse inventory problem…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Why Is 290 Special?

How exceptions in theorems may affect their complexity Cropped from India Today source Manjul Bhargava is a mathematician who just won one of the 2014 Fields Medals. We offer our congratulations on this achievement. He is an…


From My Biased Coin

Is the ACM "Retaliating" Against SOCG?

Is the ACM "Retaliating" Against SOCG?

Friday afternoon Jeff Erickson posted at Making SOCG blog some "bad news".  Some background:  very recently, the Symposium on Computational Geometry, or SoCG, decided to leave the ACM, for various reasons.  There had been plans…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and Virtual Reality

Big Data and Virtual Reality

In Forbes:  This sounds new, but we examined similar methods nearly a decade ago.  Is it useful to immerse yourself virtually in your data?  At the time it was found to not be useful, but perhaps now it will with advanced technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk on the New Analytics

Talk on the New Analytics

Giving a talk today at Wright State University on the topic of the 'New Analytics'.  This is the fourth year I have given this invited talk.  This year I am making the case that adding 'non quantative', decision based methods…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Revisiting the Industrial Internet

Revisiting the Industrial Internet

I was pointed to a site that shows some of GE's work in the Industrial Internet.  See also a post of mine which links to a former colleague's work in this area Shoumen Datta, and more resources from the Industrial Internet Consortium…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Boats Illuminate Bangkok from Space

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Boats Illuminate Bangkok from Space

Really: To attract the phytoplankton, fishermen suspend green lights from their boats to illuminate the sea. When the squid chase after their dinner, they're drawn closer to the surface, making it easier for fishermen to net…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

NCWIT - How to Create and Sustain a Women in Computing Group on Your Campus

NCWIT - How to Create and Sustain a Women in Computing Group on Your Campus

A Women in Computing (WIC) group on campus can increase members' confidence and enjoyment of their studies, help reduce their feelings of isolation, dispel common myths and stereotypes, and empower members to actively recruit…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

NCWIT - Recruiting for the Group

NCWIT - Recruiting for the Group

Recruit general members:

Current members are natural ambassadors to convey your group’s importance and positive impact. Have them invite friends and classmates. They can also actively recruit at Freshman Orientation and in…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

NCWIT - Activities for Groups

NCWIT - Activities for Groups

Activities in the first year might focus on building members’ confidence and sense of belonging. But the impact of your WIC group will increase if it sponsors a broad range of activities. Following are some examples of activities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wrong Story, Right Story and ROI

Wrong Story, Right Story and ROI

In Innovation Excellence.  " ... From the Innovation Excellence Cities Tour: Sam Ford, Director of Audience Engagement at Peppercomm Communications shares why storytelling is so important to companies - and why stories have to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Transparency Visualization

Supply Chain Transparency Visualization

From Deloitte. Data visualization of risk. Good piece that looks at the application of descriptive analytics for supply chain risk." ... Supply chain transparency is critical for managing rising levels of risk in an environment…


From Schneier on Security

Chapter 137 of My Surreal Life

Chapter 137 of My Surreal Life

Someone wrote Sherlock-Schneier fan fiction. Not slash, thank heavens. (And no, that's not an invitation.)...


From Schneier on Security

The Onion on Passwords

The Onion on Passwords

Funny....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Local Short Course on Web Analytics

Local Short Course on Web Analytics

Just reminded of this, I know the people involved and it will be quality.  Useful for anyone involved in the space.The UC Center for Business Analytics is pleased to announce its next short course:Fundamentals of Web Analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need for Stepping up Security in Healthcare IT

Need for Stepping up Security in Healthcare IT

CIO writes on the obvious increased need and compliance complexity.   " ... "We're learning through experience, and what we see happening out there, that more and more of the focus of breaches and attempts to get into systems…