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December 13, 2014

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5:48 PM | Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim - Repository of the Academy's Library
1. FARHADI, MARYAM and SALEHI, HADI and EMBI, MOHAMED AMIN and FOOLADI, MASOOD and FARHADI, HADI and AGHAEI CHADEGANI, AREZOO and ALE EBRAHIM, NADER(2013)Contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Country’S H-Index. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology, 57 (1). pp. 122-127. ISSN 1992-8645 2. Aghaei Chadegani, Arezoo and Salehi, Hadi and Yunus, Melor Md and Farhadi, Hadi and Fooladi, Masood and Farhadi, Maryam and […]
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5:41 PM | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Open Access Articles | Digital Commons Network™
"Research Tools": Tools For Supporting Research And Publications, Nader Ale EbrahimDec 2014 Optimize Your Article For Search Engine, Nader Ale EbrahimDec 2014 Effective Use Of Research & Publication Tools And Resources – Part 2, Nader Ale EbrahimAug 2014 Effective Use Of Research & Publication Tools And Resources – Part 1, Nader Ale EbrahimAug 2014 Equality Of Google Scholar With Web Of Science Citations: Case Of Malaysian Engineering […]
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4:33 PM | NIPS2014 Poster papers
While I listed the proceedings of NIPS recently, it did not seem to include posters at workshops that are taking place today (and took place yesterday). Here are the ones I could find from the workshop pages, enjoy ! Deep Learning and Representation Learning Workshop: NIPS 2014cuDNN: Efficient Primitives for Deep Learning (#49) Sharan Chetlur, Cliff Woolley, Philippe Vandermersch, Jonathan Cohen, John Tran, Bryan Catanzaro, Evan Shelhamer Distilling the Knowledge in a Neural Network (#65) […]
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3:11 PM | Feynman on the difference between names and what’s going on
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12:56 AM | Role with it
I am always nervous when I have to deal with the middle and high school crowd.  I’ve had such mixed results in the past.  A couple years ago, I helped out with an astronomy workshop for middle school girls.  My job was fairly easy: I just had to help them find the sun in some […]

December 12, 2014

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9:31 PM | Hamming's time: Scientific Discovery Enabled by Compressive Sensing and related fields
I was recently asked an interesting yet challenging question. I have two or three answers and also feel the question is somewhat unfair but it picked my interest. The question was: Has compressive sensing helped in making discoveries in the realm of general science (as opposed to computer science, signal processing, better solvers, etc...) ?It could be better reframed as:Has any of the compressive sensing pipeline tools (measurement matrices, randomization, L1 or better solvers) allowed […]
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7:30 PM | Drexel Snapshot: Dreadnoughtus Departure
The world said hello to Dreadnoughtus schrani for the first time just a little over three months ago, but soon it will be time for the Drexel scientists and students involved in studying this extraordinary dinosaur to say farewell. Kenneth Lacovara, PhD, the Drexel professor behind the dinosaur discovery, has been hard at work with … Continue reading →
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6:30 PM | Ways Tech Takes on Winter: Photos
Sixty-eight degrees below zero? Ice and snow? Bring it. Here's how tech helps us handle deep chill.
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4:03 PM | Who’s a Bigger Idiot? Men, Women or Purveyors of Joke Science?
Did you hear the news today? Science has finally proven that men are bigger idiots than women. Men: Hold on and don’t get too defensive just yet. Women: Don’t gloat, or we may turn out to be the idiots here. Because there are a few problems with this news that we should talk about. This … Continue reading →
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2:54 PM | Behemoth – not hippo nor elephant?
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2:07 PM | Informed choices through Machine Learning – Analyzing Kohli, Tendulkar and Dravid
Having just completed the highly inspiring Coursera’s Machine Learning course by the incomparable Prof Andrew Ng I wanted to give my newly acquired knowledge a try. As a start, I decided to try my hand at  analyzing one of India’s fastest growing stars, namely Virat Kohli . For the data on Virat Kohli I used […]
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2:03 PM | Study: Top (male) comedians die earlier?
A new study from professors Simon Stewart and David Thompson of the Centre for the Heart and Mind and the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research (MMIHR) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has found that : “Elite comedians are at increased risk of premature death compared to their less funny counterparts.” The team examined […]
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2:50 AM | Automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries
Recently lithium-ion batteries have started to be used in a number of automotive passenger car applications. This paper will review these applications and compare the requirements of the applications with the capabilities of the lithium-ion chemistries that are actually being used. The gaps between these requirements and capabilities will be highlighted and future developments that may be able to fill these gaps will be discussed. It is concluded that while improvements to the lithium-ion cell […]

December 11, 2014

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8:21 PM | Zapped! U.S. Navy Deploys Laser Weapons
A directed-energy gun is now authorized for use in Persian Gulf.
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7:06 PM | A History of Birds, Crocodilians… and Dinosaurs
It appears that today, thanks to the power of whole genome analysis and as published in Science magazine, we gain a knowledge about the ancient history of birds as never before. “An international team of scientists has completed the largest whole genome study of a single class of animals to date. To map the tree of life for birds, the team sequenced, assembled and compared full genomes of 48 bird species representing all major branches of modern birds including ostrich,... Read more
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4:30 PM | Job: One year postdoc in the area of Applied Nonlinear Fourier Analysis, TU Delft
Sander Whals just sent the following:  Dear Igor,Many thanks for maintaining a highly interesting and informative blog!I have an opening for a one-year postdoc in the area of applied nonlinear Fourier analysis. I do not think that you have covered this topic before, but I think that it may be of interest to your readers. (A very nice recent introduction can be found at http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.3653 . I am mainly working on fast nonlinear Fourier transforms: […]
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3:05 PM | Rod constraints for simplified ragdolls
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2:57 PM | CSjobs: Multiple positions @ BASP Edinburgh
Yves Wiaux resent me the following ad (with more information). Hi Igor May I ask you to post the job advert below on nuit blanche?Thanks a lot in advanceRegardsYvesHere is the annoucement and page:Following the award of a £2M UK research project on 'compressive imaging in astronomy and medicine’ I am recruiting 3 postdoctoral researchers as well as PhD students to join the BASP group in Edinburgh.The postdoc positions are distributed across compressive imaging […]
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2:53 PM | Frequency of Suboptimal Effort of Some Students
Some students sometimes don’t “give it their all“, suggests this paper: “I Just Want My Research Credit: Frequency of Suboptimal Effort in a Non-Clinical Healthy Undergraduate Sample,” Jonathan DeRight and Randall S. Jorgensen [pictured here], The Clinical Neuropsychologist, epub December 10, 2014. (Thanks to Vaughan Bell for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Syracuse University, […]
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2:31 PM | Fungi Makes Plastic Waste a Tasty Treat
An incubator cultivates edible fungi that digests plastic as it grows.
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6:01 AM | May You (and your Lineage) Have a Long (Artificial) Life!
The nested pun is my way of announcing the arrival of ECAL 2015. Since I will be on the program committee for ECAL (European Conference for Artificial Life) 2015, I have been asked to publicize the call for papers, abstracts, and workshops. Here it is below — if interested, please consider submitting and attending.* CALL   FOR   PAPERS *ECAL 2015 - 13th EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL LIFE“Embodiment, Interaction, Conservation”The 13th European Conference […]
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6:00 AM | Does Compressed Sensing have applications in Robust Statistics?
Does Compressed Sensing have applications in Robust Statistics? by Salvador FloresThe connections between robust linear regression and sparse reconstruction are brought to light. We show that in the context of xed design, the notion of breakdown point coincides with exact recovery of sparse signals from highly incomplete information. The main consequence of this connection in robust regression is that there exists, for any dimension, \many" designs on which the l_1 estimator has a positive […]

December 10, 2014

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8:10 PM | New 'Smart Skin' Could Make Prosthetics More Real
The new skin can sense a wide variety of data, such as information on temperature, humidity, stretching and pressure.
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7:10 PM | Learning to Code…From a Tiny Robot Teacher
If Pramod Abichandani succeeds, swarms of tiny robots will invade grade school classrooms throughout the Philadelphia area. While he’s far from an evil genius, Abichandani did have a wild idea a few years ago about how to implement a low-cost STEM curriculum based around robotics and coding. And with the help of his little, robotic … Continue reading →
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5:44 PM | Wristband Turns Your Arm Into a Touch Screen
A French company unveils plans for an Android device that projects onto your skin.
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4:30 PM | Compressive Hyperspectral Imaging with Side Information
This is some interesting use of RGB information and matrix factorization for a hyperspectral system: Compressive Hyperspectral Imaging with Side Information by Xin Yuan, Tsung-Han Tsai, Ruoyu Zhu, Patrick Llull, David Brady, and Lawrence CarinA blind compressive sensing algorithm is proposed to reconstruct hyperspectral images from spectrally-compressed measurements. The wavelength-dependent data are coded and then superposed, mapping the three-dimensional hyperspectral datacube to a […]
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3:57 PM | L_1 regularization in Machine Learning: Memory Bounded Deep Convolutional Networks / Sparse Random Features Algorithm as Coordinate Descent in Hilbert Space
What happens when you use l_1 regularization on Deep Convolutional Networks or Large Scale Kernel Machines ? This is the subject of inquiry of the following two papers, one of which will be presented as a poster tonight in Montreal at NIPS2014. Sparse Random Features Algorithm as Coordinate Descent in Hilbert Space by Ian E.H. Yen, Ting-Wei Lin, Shou-De Lin, Pradeep Ravikumar, Inderjit S. DhillonIn this paper, we propose a Sparse Random Features algorithm, which learns a sparse non-linear […]
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3:10 PM | Biased for science
I’ve taken a couple tests at Project Implicit.  The premise is that we have unconscious biases that may unknowingly affect decisions we make about other people.  I remembered this after coming across an article on race from the Washington Post.  I’d taken a test before that said I had a bias against blacks.  I’m owning […]
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3:02 PM | Profiling the IJIRS journal
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2:31 PM | DNews: Solar Panel Tech Hits Huge Efficiency Milestone
While fossil fuel energy represents the most common class of power generation, solar power just made a big leap forward, hitting 46 percent efficiency. Trace runs down the details and sees how the breakthrough stacks up against other power systems.
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