Archive for May, 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.
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…)
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.