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February 05, 2015

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1:55 PM | Changes to the VIZBI 2015 Tutorial lineup
We’ve had a couple of changes to the program since the first announcement of the tutorials available on the VIZBI 2015 tutorial day (Tuesday 25th March). The two changes are in the afternoon session: Unfortunately, the IGB tutorial due to be given by Ann Loraine will not now take place, so sorry to disappoint if you were looking [...]
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6:00 AM | Self-Calibration and Biconvex Compressive Sensing
Three concepts met and phase transitions were had:: Self-Calibration and Biconvex Compressive Sensing by Shuyang Ling, Thomas Strohmer The design of high-precision sensing devises becomes ever more difficult and expensive. At the same time, the need for precise calibration of these devices (ranging from tiny sensors to space telescopes) manifests itself as a major roadblock in many scientific and technological endeavors. To achieve optimal performance of advanced high-performance sensors one […]
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4:05 AM | No one is in control...
The New Scientist has a cover this week on the way in which algorithms have taken over our lives. They interviewed some of the participants at the FATML workshop I participated in (thanks to Solon Barocas for sending the reporter our way), and Sorelle Friedler got some nice quotes in regarding the work she, Carlos Scheidegger and I have been doing.The article is currently paywalled, but a friend of mine sent me the text. The relevant paragraph, lightly edited (the "she" here is Sorelle):By […]

February 04, 2015

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7:00 PM | RC Pilots Gather Indoors for the 2015 E-Fest!
January 24, 25 – Champaign, IL. RC flyers have traditionally dubbed winter the “building season”. Cold temperatures and snow often keep modelers holed up in their heated workshops, chipping away at projects that will emerge in the spring. The advent of electric-powered and ever-smaller RC models over the last decade has loosened winter’s stranglehold on flying. These tiny, silent, emission-free aircraft let you take to the skies with all the comforts of being […]
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6:30 PM | LEGO with Friends: Patrick Norton, Part 3
LEGO with Friends: Patrick Norton, Part 3
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4:00 PM | In Brief: LEGO Announces Next Ideas Series Kits
LEGO today announced the results of the latest review board decisions for kits submitted through the Ideas program. Submissions receiving more than 10,000 votes were under consideration, and two from a pool of 9 were selected to be official kits: Wall-E (designed by Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator!) and a Dr. Who set (designed by Andy Clark). Rejected submissions include the X-Men Mansion, Luke's Lightsaber, Brent Waller's Ghostbusters HQ, and Hubble Space Telescope. The board doesn't explain […]
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3:00 PM | Miscellaneous math resources
Every Wednesday I’ve been pointing out various resources on my web site. So far they’ve all been web pages, but the following are all PDF files. Probability and statistics: How to test a random number generator Predictive probabilities for normal outcomes One-arm binary predictive probability Relating two definitions of expectation Illustrating the error in the […]
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3:00 PM | Flying the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with Adam Savage
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2:17 PM | PhenoPlot: visualization of cellular imaging data
PhenoPlot – a tool for visualizing cellular imaging data that won Best Scientific Poster Award at VIZBI 2014 – has recently been published in Nature Communications by Heba Sailem and colleagues. PhenoPLot is an open source Matlab toolbox and GUI that enables intuitive visualization of multidimensional data from thousands of cellular images. It uses a [...]
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1:00 PM | In Brief: Millennium Falcon Mod for FPV Quadcopter
RC Quad builder Oliver_C modified his custom FPV racing quadcopter with a thick polystyrene hull to resemble the Millennium Falcon. The skin modification, complete with bright LED strips for the thrusters and headlights, added just 300 grams to the quad's 800g. That, along with balancing, made the quad still flyable, though not as efficiently as before--max speed and flight time were reduced, and it was very susceptible to wind. Oliver's build log for the quad is on RCgroups, and the mod photos […]
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9:42 AM | Reconstruction-free action inference from compressive imagers
Kuldeep Kulkarni  just sent me the following:Dear Igor...,I am Kuldeep Kulkarni, a third year Phd student in Arizona State University. I would like to bring your kind attention to our recent submission to PAMI, titled 'Reconstruction-free action inference from compressive imagers'. It is uploaded on arxiv. We will greatly appreciate if you can post regarding the paper on your blog. Thanks and regardsKuldeep Kulkarni Thanks Kuldeep. It is indeed very nice to see some progress in that […]
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8:00 AM | Tested: Canon 7D Mark II vs. 6D Cameras
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1:08 AM | Two stunning new biomedical animations
Today (Feb. 4) at 4:30pm Canberra time you can join a live video steam covering the premiere screening of two stunning new biomedical animations from Maja Divjak and Chris Hammang – both trained by world-renowned animator Drew Berry. The event will be opened by Iann Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist. After the event, a recording [...]

February 03, 2015

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8:00 PM | The Best TV You Can Buy Today
This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy.Read the full article below atTheWirecutter.comIf you’re looking for a really great, solid TV, the Sony X900B series is the one we recommend for most people, plus it has near universal praise from the top reviewers. It has a colorful, rich, vibrant image that is lauded by experts from across the web. It has the most lifelike picture of any TV on the market, and has few (if any) real issues.It is, […]
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7:00 PM | What Makes a Coin Toss Random?
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6:00 PM | In Brief: The Anatomy of an Aborted Disney World Ride
I have a great appreciation for the design of Disney's theme parks, their attractions, and the Imagineers who think them up and build them. Last year, I picked up the two official Imagineering coffee table books, which provided a lot of fun behind-the-scenes and historical photos. But they didn't go as in-depth as I had hoped in explaining how attractions like The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean actually worked. For that kind of insight, you're actually better off reading the blogs […]
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4:46 PM | LEGO with Friends: Patrick Norton, Part 2
LEGO with Friends: Patrick Norton, Part 2
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4:10 PM | In Brief: Canon's Next 5D Camera May Have 50MP Sensor
I haven't been briefed on any potential upcoming cameras from Canon, but rumors and leaks indicate that we're going to see three new cameras released this week. CanonRumors says we're going to see the next Rebel model, the T6i, along with a new M-series mirrorless interchangeable camera. But the product that may get the most attention is the Canon 5Ds, a 50MP follow-up to the popular 5D Mark III DSLR. This apparently isn't the Mark IV (which Canon fan sites say will come in August), but instead […]
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4:00 PM | Watch this Animated Short: Le Gouffre ("The Gulf")
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3:00 PM | In Brief: Things Aren't Looking So Good for RadioShack
It's finally happening. After years of trying to reinvent itself to compete in a modern retail environment, RadioShack may soon be filing bankruptcy and shuttering its stores. Bloomberg reports of two potential suitors to pick up those retail spaces--Sprint and Amazon--and chronicles the retailer's gradual decline over the past decade in this in-depth feature. The story of RadioShack is a sad one; its rotating door of recent CEOs tore the brand in so many different directions in a futile effort […]
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2:00 PM | Birdman SPOILERCAST - 2/3/2015
Adam, Norm, and Will discuss current movies. Norm makes a few recommendations, then the gang talks about Birdman. And by "talks about", we mean spoiling. Enjoy!
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10:17 AM | Winter cycling
Currently we are working on a small project about wintercycling. The aim is to provide a basis for user-tailored information for winter cyclists. In the context of this project I’ve started to take pictures on Salzburg’s cycleways, as they help us to distinguish between various categories of road conditions and specific situations. Apart from this […]
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6:00 AM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( January 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review ( December 2014 ), we provided a Short Review of 2014 on Nuit Blanche and another quick review of the Paris Machine Learning Meetup in 2014 as well as three Sunday Morning insights: Sunday Morning Insight: The Hardest Challenges We Should be Unwilling to PostponeSunday Morning Insight: What Happens When You Cross into P Territory ? Sunday Morning Insight: The Great Convergence ?We also had two Paris Machine Learning Meetups:Paris Machine Learning Meetup […]

February 02, 2015

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8:03 PM | Webinar today on Aquaria
Aquaria is a web resource for biologists that simplifies the process of gaining insight from protein structures. To coincide with the publication of Aquaria in this month’s Nature Methods by O’Donoghue and co-workers, the Aquaria team are hosting a webinar today that shows how it can be used to gain insight into protein function. Details [...]
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7:00 PM | Inside a Camera at 10,000FPS
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