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September 05, 2014

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10:05 AM | CSJob: Postdoc, ENS Paris, Statistical Physics Approach to Reconstruction in Compressed Sensing
Florent just sent me the following: Dear friends and colleagues,I would like to invite applications for postdoctoral positions in my group in Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, in the context of the project SPARCS (Statistical Physics Approach to Reconstruction in Compressed Sensing) The appointments are intended to start in the fall of 2015 (or even sooner) and will be for 2 years.The candidates can come from different areas (Statistical Physics, Signal Processing, Applied Mathematics, […]

September 04, 2014

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9:54 PM | 2010 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize winner found guilty in court case
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9:04 PM | When are World Standards Day?
The world is still trying to standardize World Standards Day. This year, 2014, World Standards Day is October 14. That’s according to ISO, the International Organization for Standards. The USA, though, will celebrate World Standards Day over a four-day-long span that begins on October 20 and ends on October 24. That’s according to the American Standards Institute […]
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9:00 PM | Robotic Vacuum Uses 360-Degree Camera, Tank Treads
Industry heavyweight Dyson will launch its high-price, high-tech vacuum in 2015. Continue reading →
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6:45 PM | App Warns Drivers that Bikers Are Nearby
Set to be released next week, a new app tells drivers if a biker is nearby. Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Drones to Get Their Own Air Traffic Control
NASA is developing an autonomous drone traffic management program.
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3:00 PM | Galaxy Note 4's Big Screen Samsung's Big Sell
Samsung continues to push the Galaxy Note’s large screen size as a key differentiator in its ongoing battle with Apple.
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1:41 PM | Librarian-titillation TV
The Harold B. Lee Library, at Brigham Young University, is a premier producer of titillating television programs for librarians. This program, called “The Many Stations of Book Preservation,” is no less than eight minutes, twenty-five seconds of variegated stimulation for persons who find hope or dread in the perils and pitfalls of book decay, destruction, or preservation. […]
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1:34 PM | Ig Nobel Night in the Netherlands (two nights after the ceremony!)
For the third year, there will be a special Ig Nobel Night in the Netherlands, featuring live performances and then a group viewing (on a big screen in a beautiful theatre) of the recorded 2014 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. Ig Nobel Prize winner Kees (the homosexual-necrophilia-in-the-mallard-duck guy) Moeliker will be on hand. So, too, will one of […]
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1:00 PM | Digging Deeper into Dreadnoughtus: Dinosaur Interview with Ken Lacovara
A team led by Drexel University’s Kenneth Lacovara, PhD announced a major new dinosaur discovery with a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports on Sept. 4, 2014. The dinosaur is BIG. So big that we could only fit the highlights and main points of interest into the press release – read that for a … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Dreadnoughtus schrani: Frequently Asked Questions on the Super-Massive Dinosaur
In a scientific paper published in the journal Scientific Reports today, a Drexel-led team has described a new genus and species of dinosaur they have named Dreadnoughtus schrani. An overview of the discovery and its significance is available in the press release here. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions, placing Dreadnoughtus in the … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | Smart Chopsticks Test Food's Edibility
Chinese Internet search giant Baidu has invented chopsticks that tell consumers whether the food in front of them is safe to eat.
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5:00 AM | Enhancing Sparsity and Resolution via Reweighted Atomic Norm Minimization
Yet another clear use of sharp phase transitions as an acid test for the purpose of delineating what algorithm does well and which one does ... less well. Outstanding ! Let us hope the implementation comes about at some point in time in the future:Enhancing Sparsity and Resolution via Reweighted Atomic Norm Minimization by Zai Yang, Lihua XieThe mathematical theory of super-resolution developed recently by Cand\`{e}s and Fernandes-Granda states that a continuous, sparse frequency […]
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5:00 AM | Thesis: Compressed sensingand dimensionality reduction for unsupervised learning - Anthony Bourrier
Here is another thesis of interest: Compressed sensingand dimensionality reduction for unsupervised learning by Anthony BourrierRésumé : Cette thèse est motivée par la perspective de rapprochement entre traitement du signal et apprentissage statistique, et plus particulièrement par l'exploitation de techniques d'échantillonnage compressé afin de réduire le coût de tâches d'apprentissage. Après avoir rappelé […]
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2:46 AM | Fungible funding
I was reading a discussion the other day on funding sources when it occurred to me that I’ve made a big switch on the topic.  I used to think that industry funded research was *always* bad, *always* biased. Nope. I guess being in engineering has changed my view considerably.  A lot of engineering work is […]

September 03, 2014

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11:41 PM | Some of the people behind the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony
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6:47 PM | First Fully Functioning Organ Grown Inside Mouse
The medical advance could one day lead to healthy, lab-grown organs that reduce the need for donor organs. Continue reading →
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6:45 PM | Internet Telepathy? Thoughts Transmitted Online
A person in India successfully transmitted the thoughts using a mental 'Morse Code' to three people in France. Continue reading →
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5:47 PM | Hospital study pushes the buttons of bacteria-phobes
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5:19 PM | App Gets a Stranger to Deliver Your Message
Message app meets performance art. Continue reading →
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4:30 PM | Some thoughts on invertibility: Signal recovery from Pooling Representations, Determination of Nonlinear Genetic Architecture using Compressed Sensing
You probably recall this entry back in November, the paper has been augmented since [1] and was one of the talks at ICML. Here is the video: Signal recovery from Pooling Representations by Joan Bruna Estrach, Arthur Szlam, Yann LeCunIn the paper [1], the authors essentially try to see which signal can be reconstructed after having gone through a  nonlinear transformation that is somewhat typical of those found in current neural network architectures. Some thoughts below:In order to provide […]
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2:14 PM | Cyanide moths – ok snack for kids
Some types of moth, notably the Zygaena genus, can contain significant quantities of cyanide, raising the question ‘Is it a good idea to eat them?’ The question has particular relevance since the moths are a traditional favourite snack amongst children from the Carnia region of Italy. The children like to eat the moths´ingluvies (roughly equivalent […]
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5:00 AM | Sparse Generalized Eigenvalue Problem via Smooth Optimization
To be filed under "yet another matrix factorization" in the Advanced Matrix Factorization Jungle page. This time the factorization aims at extracting the leading sparse generalized eigenvector.Sparse Generalized Eigenvalue Problem via Smooth Optimization by Junxiao Song, Prabhu Babu, Daniel P. PalomarIn this paper, we consider an $\ell_{0}$-norm penalized formulation of the generalized eigenvalue problem (GEP), aimed at extracting the leading sparse generalized eigenvector of a matrix […]

September 02, 2014

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8:52 PM | Robo-Raptors Look and Fly Like Real Birds
Robotic falcons to be used to scare off smaller birds from areas they're not wanted. Continue reading →
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6:40 PM | Are Microchip Implants in Your Future?
Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade.
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4:30 PM | Nude Celebrity Photos Ripped from Apple's iCloud
FBI and Apple are investigating a major hack from online data storage servers.
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3:30 PM | Videos: International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2014 videos are out
The videos of the ICML 2014 are here. Here are the Keynotes and tutorials, some of which you have already heard about if you are a faithful reader of Nuit Blanche.Keynote: On the Computational and Statistical Interface and "Big Data" Authors: Michael JordanPeople, Decisions, and Cognition: On Deeper Engagements with Machine Learning Authors: Eric HorvitzAlgorithmic Trading and Machine Learning Authors: Michael KearnsTutorial: Frank-Wolfe and Greedy Optimization for Learning with Big […]
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2:02 PM | Do not print?
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