Archive for May, 2008

The future of Mobile Web 2.0

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Interesting forecast by Juniper Research. The global market for Mobile Web 2.0 will be worth $22.4bn in 2013. Here is their short whitepaperShare, Collaborate, Exploit ~ Defining Mobile Web 2.0

Seminar: Research on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Taiwan

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

George D. Magoulas is co-organizing a very interesting seminar  on the  13th of June (Friday) at 1:30pm in Room 124 (Senate House North Block – Pdf map). The speaker is Prof. Tsu-Tian Lee, the President of the National Taipei University of Technology.

In the 21st century, the mainstream of technology development is the interdisciplinary integration, together with the human-centred technologies (HT) that emphasizes on friendly service for human rather than the forced adaptation by human. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), an integrated discipline of sensing, controls, information technology, electronics, communications and traffic management with transportation systems, represents a typical human-centred large-scale and highly complex dynamic system. It is aimed to provide the traveler information to increase safety, efficiency, and reduce traffic jam, therefore a more humanistic transportation system.  Accordingly, new research topics emerge. Specifically, increasing machine intelligence (Machine IQ), human-in-the-loop control system technology (Human-centred Control), human-based intelligent dialogue interface technology (Human-based Interfacing), vision and communication supported and enhancement systems (Smart Vision, Smart Networking), human physical conditions detection and intelligent control technology (Intelligent Control), multi-agent for large-scale systems to support information analysis (Large-Scale System Analysis). Thus, fundamental research and technology development on ITS in Taiwan is devoted to following major studies.

Seminar: Social Urban Computing

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Please join us for a seminar on the 27th of May (Tuesday) at 2pm in Room
6.12 (UCL Dept of Computer Science) .

Arianna Bassoli
Information Systems and Innovation Group
The London School of Economics and Political Science

In this lecture I will present my work in the area of ubiquitous and urban computing design. Starting from the approach used – social computing – which values the adoption of social science methods for informing design, I will move on to describe some of the mobile peer-to-peer applications I created: including an application allowing users to tune in to the music that other people around them are listening to, and a much larger scale system for sharing music on, in, and through the London Underground.

(paper in pdf)

Trust Drug

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Interesting article on the BBC, found by Mo: A nasal spray which increases our trust for strangers is showing promise as a treatment for social phobia, say scientists from Zurich University.

Strange Bugs

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

I recently went to an introductory course about the new UCL-Dell supercomputer Legion. It was a 2-day course, with plenty of presentations about optimizing/parallelizing code, and some hands-on. Other than a few quirks (the system is still being tested), it worked great- and it’s very exciting to have that (huge) amount of computational power available. The people are also very nice- more info on them here. (more…)

Web Science: Collaboration and Collective Intelligence

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

So many words that we use in a computer science context come from human interactions: trust, recommendations, reputation. So that is why I was very interested when I read about this workshop:

Web Science is an emerging interdisciplinary field that lies at the boundary of Computer Science, Sociology, Psychology, Media, Economics and Law. Its aim is to understand the Web and its impact on the way people think, behave and interact. This workshop is for people who believe that their work could be part of this new discipline and who are interested in helping to define Web Science. We invite position papers on a variety of technical topics with a human slant, including Social Collaboration, Knowledge Interfaces, Collective Intelligence and Emergent Structures.

The call, however, is closed; see (and read) the list of accepted papers on the link above.

ECML PKDD Discovery Challenge 2008

Friday, May 9th, 2008

The ECML PKDD Discovery Challege has been announced.

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It includes two sub-challenges, both related to the social bookmarking system Bibsonomy:

  1. Spam Detection in Social Bookmarking Systems
  2. Tag Recommendation in Social Bookmarking Systems

See the link for all the details!