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November 03, 2014

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2:03 AM | A framework for best practices in the functioning of effective virtual teams in organisations within the technology industry of South Africa
A framework for best practices in the functioning of effective virtual teams in organisations within the technology industry of South AfricaDe Bruyn, Anita JulianaURI:http://hdl.handle.net/10500/14221Date:2014-09Abstract:Business need required a holistic and focussed framework for best practices in the functioning of effective virtual teams, despite the fragmented nature of empirical studies in this field. This study endeavoured to explore the best practices in the functioning of effective […]

November 02, 2014

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3:23 PM | The researcher's article : a three-part adventure / Le chercheur et son article : une aventure en trois actes
The following videos are both in English and French and aim at explaining to the general public the underlying aspect of one of the most labor intensive aspect of doing Science, i.e. publish an article in the scientific literature (or how the current system is implemented, i.e. pre-publication peer review model). See my views on this system in The Problem with Pre-Publication Peer Review. In the meantime, enjoy:  in English:  and in French:   The full website […]
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2:41 PM | The Sparse- and Low-Rank Approximation Wiki
I was recently asked about a place on the interweb where people talked about solvers used in compressive sensing and more. That place exists, it is the wiki of Stephen Becker called Sparse- and low-rank approximation wikiIt is one of the few Highly Technical Reference Pages / Aggregators on the interweb.    Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and post there ! Liked this entry ? subscribe to Nuit Blanche's feed, there's more where that came […]
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2:12 PM | Frozen chicken, wild fish, and fingernails
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12:00 PM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Nov 2)
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6:02 AM | The Practices of the ‘Most Popular’ Science Bloggers
Just this week, a new paper came out in Public Understanding of Science on science bloggers’ practices, motivations and target audiences. I figured I would discuss the methods and findings, as they are relevant to my Experiment.com project on the science of science blogging. Check it out! Mathieu Ranger and Karen Bultitude, both located in the UK, start off this new paper with a discussion of the general popularity of science blogs, looking at them within the context of popular […]

November 01, 2014

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3:09 PM | A Design Framework for Enhancing Virtual Team Learning in the Workplace | The Journal of Applied Instructional Design
A Design Framework for Enhancing Virtual Team Learning in the WorkplaceAuthors:Jeanette Andrade, University of IllinoisWenhao David Huang, University of IllinoisAbstract:This paper builds on existing theoretical and empirical studies in the area of virtual team learning in the workplace. Based on prescriptive theory building for instructional system design, a design framework is proposed to include social presence, swift trust, and conflict attribution components to enhance virtual team […]
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2:12 PM | A mile of pi, unrolled on an airport landing strip
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11:50 AM | Issue 1 | The Journal of Applied Instructional Design
A Design Framework for Enhancing Virtual Team Learning in the WorkplaceJeanette Andrade and Wenhao David HuangIssue 1 | The Journal of Applied Instructional Design
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11:48 AM | A framework for best practices in the functioning of effective virtual teams in organisations within the technology industry of South Africa
A framework for best practices in the functioning of effective virtual teams in organisations within the technology industry of South AfricaDe Bruyn, Anita JulianaURI:http://hdl.handle.net/10500/14221Date:2014-09Abstract:Business need required a holistic and focussed framework for best practices in the functioning of effective virtual teams, despite the fragmented nature of empirical studies in this field. This study endeavoured to explore the best practices in the functioning of effective […]

October 31, 2014

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6:57 PM | The Tech Behind That New OK-Go Video
Japanese director uses drone cameras and experimental unicycles to create complex five-minute, one-take music video. Continue reading →
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4:29 PM | EPA must look at human health and the environment in updating ozone standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might be preparing to unveil a major air pollution rule change shortly after midterm elections. The new standards would reflect the latest science relating to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:07 PM | ‘WIILTBA’ (bat! rat! rock!) questions – a partial listing
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1:35 PM | The Goodness of the Goal of Being Delightfully Lost
Many museums strive to eliminate all potential for confusing the visitors. That goal may sometimes work against the interest of the visitors and the interests of the museum, suggests this report: “Delightfully Lost: A New Kind of Wayfinding at Kew,” Natasha Waterson and Mike Saunders, paper presented at the Museums and the Web conference, April […]
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1:33 PM | Denial.
I received an interesting email from a friend today who writes about the recovery and substance abuse industry. She asked me why I thought that places like Huffington Post, and Salon, and Substance.com are so reliably anti-treatment, anti-12 step, and even anti-addiction as a concept. Obviously, I wish I knew, and I wish I knew how […]
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1:30 PM | Halloweenish research, back when
Tonight being Halloween, it’s a good time to look back at some research with a Halloweenish flavor. Back in the year 2000 — a year whose approach some people pretended to find scary — we published a two part Halloween Research review: PART !: Werewolves and Vampires, Zombies and Monsters PART 2: Monsters and Ghouls, Screams and […]
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11:00 AM | Halloween Costumes from Tech-Savvy DIYers
Some of the most inventive thinking of the year happens around Halloween as tech-savvy revelers explore the potential of DIY costuming.
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10:45 AM | FM Radio Signals Used to Hack into Computer
Security researchers demonstrate a cloak-and-dagger method using FM radio and mobile phone. Continue reading →
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8:27 AM | "Modified Stage-Gate: A Product Development Process" by Nader Ale Ebrahim
Modified Stage-Gate: A Product Development ProcessNader Ale Ebrahim, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of MalayaAbstractIn today’s dynamic marketplace, manufacturing companies are under strong pressure to introduce new products for long-term survival with their competitors. Increased competition and reduced product life cycles put force upon companies to develop new products faster. In response to these pressing needs, there should be […]
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5:30 AM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( October 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review ( September 2014 ), we had another Way of Reading Nuit Blanche, saw Once Thought Impossible Computations, read a few Blogs in 78 Summer Hours and found quite a few implementations:Non-linear Causal Inference using Gaussianity MeasuresBRTF: Robust Bayesian Tensor Factorization for Incomplete Multiway Data SparsePR: Robust Sparse Phase Retrieval Made Easy Compressed Manifold Modes for Mesh Processing On Sparse Representation in Fourier and Local Bases RQS […]
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5:01 AM | Introducing the Evolution of Inequality Project
The study of income and resource inequality has been the academic topic du jour this year, highlighted by Thomas Piketty's economic history opus [1] and a special issue of Science [2]. There was even a paper on the 1% vs. the 99% of academic publishing [3] which argues that in terms of citations, the rich tend to get richer. But how do these patterns emerge and evolve? Is it a merely a statistical artifact, or a reflection of how complex, hierarchical societies tend to evolve? For example, we […]
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5:00 AM | Thesis: On optimal Sampling in low and high dimension, Alexandra Carpentier
  On optimal Sampling in low and high dimension by Alexandra CarpentierDuring my PhD, I had the chance to learn and work under the great supervision of my advisor Remi (Munos) in two fields that are of particular interest to me. The se domains are BanditTheory and Compressed Sensing. While studying these domains I came to the conclusion that they are connected if one looks at them trough the prism of optimal sampling. Both these fields are concerned with strategies on how to sample […]
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2:33 AM | Local Management for Sustainable Agronomic Development of ‘Himalayan Viagra’
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October 30, 2014

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11:25 PM | CfP: ICCP 2015 - IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography
Jason Holloway just sent me the following noteHi Igor,We are announcing the call for papers for ICCP 2015. Can you help disseminate the CFP to your readers? (Or link to our Google+/Facebook page?)Thanks!~Jason (on behalf of the program committee for ICCP 2015)IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography ( ICCP 2015 -- http://iccp.rice.edu/ ) seeks high quality submissions in all areas related to computational photography.  The field of Computational Photography […]
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8:31 PM | The Science of Science Blogging Literature
This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of […]
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7:18 PM | Turing machines vs. other models of computation
Every once in a while, I hear someone complain about the fascination with Turing Machines, in comparison with other models of computation such as lambda calculus, general recursive functions (well, ok, maybe not that one), etc. The following is Philip Wadler's answer, from "Propositions as Types", an otherwise equally good paper: Turing’s most significant difference from Church was not in logic or mathematics but in philosophy. Whereas Church merely presented the definition of […]
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6:27 PM | Hi-Tech Harness Helps Dogs and People Communicate
A dog harness helps enhance communications between pets and service animals and humans. Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | US Solar Costs Catching Up to Conventional Energy
The cost of solar power is on the verge of catching up with conventional electricity, report two new studies. Continue reading →
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4:18 PM | NYC Event: “How the Age of Machine Consciousness is Transforming Our Lives”
Greg Charvat just sent me the following (see below). Let me state that the "consciousness" wording is not optimal for this blog but I definitely appreciate technical people getting into a room and thinking about the next steps (and I also like the 4combinator approach yet I have no link to them) so here we are: Hi Igor,You might find this interesting.I'm involved in this seminar series and panel discussion that will be held in NYC in November, on the topic of next gen deep learning as […]
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3:52 PM | It’s a mistery
I get asked to do a decent number of conference paper reviews, and surprisingly, some of those conferences have asked me to review in subsequent years.  One such conference didn’t just ask me to review again, but bestowed the honor of making me part of their advisory board.  I accepted, and they sent me a […]
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