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Jennifer Siegal - The AERO-Mobile and Mobile Architecture

Add to EJ Playlist  Jennier Siegal visited Google LA to speak on "Motopia Deployed: Strategies for the Language of Movement in an Age of Off-Site Construction". She discusses her project, The AERO-Mobile, a movable flexible exhibition and retail space made of recycled parts discarded by the aerospace industry. This impermanent architecture envisions buildings as a series of ULD’s (Unit Load Device) up-cycled as exhibition space platforms, mounted on electric trucks, allowing for spontaneous pop-up experiences to be deployed throughout the city center and its surrounding suburban neighborhoods. Visually engaging, the AERO-Mobile creates an individual or a communal outlet for instantaneous consumerism, complimenting and reflecting today’s world where life is anything but static. Jennifer Siegal is known for her work in creating the mobile home of the twentieth century. She is founder and principal of the Los Angeles’ based firm Office of Mobile Design (OMD), which is dedicated to the design and construction of ecologically sound, dynamic structures, utilizing portable and prefabricated architecture. She earned a master’s degree from SCI-Arc in 1994 and was a 2003 Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where she explored the use of intelligent, kinetic, and lightweight materials.

Dr. George Nelson: How best to use your neighborhood space station

Add to EJ Playlist  The International Space Station has maintained a continuous human presence in space since November of 2000. Upon completion of the Space Station and the retirement of the Space Shuttle, NASA's emphasis has changed from on-orbit assembly to in-space utilization of a science and engineering research laboratory. In this talk, I will discuss evolving organizational models, current opportunities and avenues by which American companies and individuals have access to the Space Station. I will also briefly summarize the operations, technology, and engineering investigations that are planned or recommended for the Space Station. Originally from Maine, Dr. George Nelson's affiliation with NASA began in 1998 as a graduate student research fellow. He began his full time NASA career in 2001 training flight controllers and astronauts on the electrical and thermal systems of the ISS. After serving as the the configuration manager for Space Station through much of assembly, he began his current tenure as manager of the Space Station Technology Demonstration Office through which all of the engineering and technology research is conducted on the Space Station.

Baron Schwartz: MySQL, SQL, NoSQL, and Open Source in 2014 and Beyond

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk February 13, 2014 (more info below) Presented by Baron Schwartz (Co-Founder & CEO of VividCortex) ABSTRACT Predictions are hard to get right, especially when they involve the future. Rather than predict the future, I'll explain how I view the relational and NoSQL database worlds today, especially the MySQL product and community, but including open-source and proprietary data management technologies about which I know enough to get in trouble. I'll explain how my self-image as a practitioner and contributor has changed, especially as I've moved from consulting (where I tell people what they should do) into being a company founder (where I sometimes wish someone would tell me what to do). As for the future, I'll express my preferences for specific outcomes, and try to be careful what I wish for.

Dr. Ivar Jacobson - The Essence of Software Engineering: the SEMAT Approach

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Zürich Tech Talk July 17, 2014 Presented by Ivar Jacobson & Ian Spence Link to slides: http://www.ivar ws.aspx?id=2203 ABSTRACT Google stands for big thinking with big data. It has plucked fabulously rich and previously hidden information out of a sea of data and given it context to change the way people work and play. SEMAT and Essence are big thinking for Software Engineers. There are millions of software engineers on the planet in countless programs, projects and teams; the millions of line of software that run the world are testament to their talents, but as community we still find it difficult to share our best practices, truly empower our teams, seamless integrate software engineering into our businesses, and maintain the health of our endeavors avoiding embarrassing and unnecessary catastrophic failures. The industry’s habit of constantly switching between no methods and the latest "one true way” (an affliction that sadly is even affecting the agile community) is not the way forward. As an industry we need to establish a solid foundation that will 1) enable teams to understand and visualize the progress and health of their endeavors regardless of their way of working, and 2) easily share, adapt, and “plug and play” with their practices to create the innovative ways of working they need to excel and continuously improve. A foundation that SEMAT and Essence provides by establishing an actionable common ground all teams can share and freeing the practices from the shackles of big process. In the same way that Google map shows you where you are, where you want to go, and the best way to get there when making a journey SEMAT and Essence can do the same for teams of engineers developing software. SPEAKER BIO Dr. Ivar Jacobson is a father of components and component architecture, use cases, the Unified Modeling Language and the Rational Unified Process. He has contributed to modern business modeling and aspect-oriented software development. Lately, Ivar has been working on how to deal with methods and tools in an agile and lean way. He is one of the leaders of SEMAT with the objective to refound software engineering as a rigorous discipline. In 2004, Ivar received the Gustaf Dalen medal from Chalmers Institute Of Technology, Gothenburg Sweden. He is an international honorary advisor at Peking University, Beijing, and he is an honorary doctor at San Martin de Porres University, Peru. He is the principal author of seven influential and best-selling books, including Object-Oriented Software Engineering, Business Process Re-engineering with Objects, Software Reuse: Architecture, Process and Organization for Business Success, The Road to the Unified Software Development Process, and The Unified Software Development Process, Aspect-Oriented Software Development with Use Cases, and lately The Essence of Software Engineering – Applying the SEMAT Kernel. He co-authored two UML books with Grady Booch and James Rumbaugh. Ivar is also a founder of Ivar Jacobson International, operating in seven countries around the world.

Jeremy O'Brien: "Quantum Technologies"

Add to EJ Playlist  Jeremy O'Brien visited Google LA to deliver a talk: "Quantum Technologies." This talk took place on April 1, 2014. Abstract: The impact of quantum technology will be profound and far-reaching: secure communication networks for consumers, corporations and government; precision sensors for biomedical technology and environmental monitoring; quantum simulators for the design of new materials, pharmaceuticals and clean energy devices; and ultra-powerful quantum computers for addressing otherwise impossibly large datasets for machine learning-artifi cial intelligence applications. However, engineering quantum systems and controlling them is an immense technological challenge: they are inherently fragile; and information extracted from a quantum system necessarily disturbs the system itself. Despite these challenges a small number of quantum technologies are now commercially available. Delivering the full promise of these technologies will require a concerted quantum engineering effort jointly between academia and industry. We will describe our progress in the Centre for Quantum Photonics to delivering this promise using an integrated quantum photonics platform---gene rating, manipulating and interacting single particles of light (photons) in waveguide circuits on silicon chips. Bio: Jeremy O'Brien is professor of physics and electrical engineering and director of the Centre for Quantum Photonics (CQP). He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of New South Wales in 2002 for experimental work on correlated and confined electrons in organic conductors, superconductors and semiconductor nanostructures, as well as progress towards the fabrication of a phosphorus in silicon quantum computer. As a research fellow at the University of Queensland (2001-2006) he worked on quantum optics and quantum information science with single photons. CQP's efforts are focused on the fundamental and applied quantum mechanics at the heart of quantum information science and technology, ranging from prototypes for scalable quantum computing to generalised quantum measurements, quantum control, and quantum metrology.

Hidetoshi Nishimori: "Theory of Quantum Annealing"

Add to EJ Playlist  Hidetoshi Nishimori visited Google LA on March 28, 2014 to give a talk: "Theory of Quantum Annealing" Abstract: Quantum annealing is a generic framework, metaheuristic, for combinatorial optimization. I will first review the basic formulation of quantum annealing and numerical evidence for its performance, particularly in comparison with classical simulated annealing. I will then explain a few theorems to guarantee its convergence toward the solution. The final part will be devoted to recent developments concerning the order of quantum phase transitions that may take place in the process of quantum annealing and may impede efficient computation. Bio: Hidetoshi Nishimori is a professor of Physics at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. His academic interests cover statistical physics of disordered systems and quantum physics and computation, quantum annealing in particular. He was awarded Nishina Memorial Prize, IBM Science Prize and is a fellow of the Institute of Physics. He received his PhD from the University of Tokyo. After three years in the United States as a postdoc at Carnegie-Mellon University and Rutgers University, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he now serves as the Dean of the School of Science.

Eric Ladizinsky: Evolving Scalable Quantum Computers

Add to EJ Playlist  Eric Ladizinsky visited the Quantum AI Lab at Google LA to give a talk "Evolving Scalable Quantum Computers." This talk took place on March 5, 2014. Abstract: EVOLVING QUANTUM COMPUTERS: "The nineteenth century was known as the machine age, the twentieth century will go down in history as the information age. I believe the twenty-first century will be the quantum age". Paul Davies Quantum computation represents a fundamental paradigm shift in information processing. By harnessing strange, counterintuitiv e quantum phenomenon, quantum computers promise computational capabilities far exceeding any conceivable classical computing systems for certain applications. These applications may include the core hard problems in machine learning and artificial intelligence, complex optimization, and simulation of molecular dynamics .. the solutions of which could provide huge benefits to humanity. Realizing this potential requires a concerted scientific and technological effort combining multiple disciplines and institutions ... and rapidly evolving quantum processor designs and algorithms as learning evolves. D-Wave Systems has built such a mini-Manhattan project like effort and in just a under a decade, created the first, special purpose, quantum computers in a scalable architecture that can begin to address real world problems. D-Wave's first generation quantum processors (now being explored in conjunction with Google/NASA as well as Lockheed and USC) are showing encouraging signs of being at a "tipping point" .. matching state of the art solvers for some benchmark problems (and sometimes exceeding them) ... portending the exciting possibility that in a few years D-Wave processors could exceed the capabilities of any existing classical computing systems for certain classes of important problems in the areas of machine learning and optimization. In this lecture, Eric Ladizinsky, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at D-Wave will describe the basic ideas behind quantum computation , Dwave's unique approach, and the current status and future development of D-Wave's processors. Included will be answers to some frequently asked questions about the D-Wave processors, clarifying some common misconceptions about quantum mechanics, quantum computing, and D-Wave quantum computers. Speaker Info Eric Ladizinsky is a physicist, Co-founder, and Chief Scientist of D-Wave Systems. Prior to his involvement with D-Wave, Mr. Ladizinsky was a senior member of the technical staff at TRW's Superconducting Electronics Organization (SCEO) in which he contributed to building the world's most advanced Superconducting Integrated Circuit capability intended to enable superconducting supercomputers to extend Moore's Law beyond CMOS. In 2000, with the idea of creating a quantum computing mini -Manhattan-proj ect like effort, he conceived, proposed, won and ran a multi-million dollar, multi-instituti onal DARPA program to develop a prototype quantum computer using (macroscopic quantum) superconducting circuits. Frustrated with the pace of that effort Mr. Ladizinsky, in 2004, teamed with D-Wave's original founder (Geordie Rose) to transform the then primarily IP based company to a technology development company modeled on his mini-Manhattan- project vision. He is also responsible for designing the superconducting (SC) IC process that underlies the D-Wave quantum processors ... and transferring that process to state of art semiconductor production facilities to create the most advanced SC IC process in the world.

Seth Lloyd: Quantum Machine Learning

Add to EJ Playlist  Seth Lloyd visited the Quantum AI Lab at Google LA to give a tech talk on "Quantum Machine Learning." This talk took place on January 29, 2014. Speaker Info: Seth Lloyd is one of pioneers in the quantum information science with several seminal contributions to quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum control. He developed the first quantum algorithms for efficient simulation of many-body systems at the quantum scale. He has also introduced the first realizable model for quantum computation and is working with a variety of groups to construct and operate quantum computers and quantum communication systems. Dr. Lloyd is the author of over a hundred and fifty scientific papers, and of `Programming the Universe,' (Knopf, 2004). He is currently professor of quantum-mechani cal engineering at MIT. Abstract: Machine learning algorithms find patterns in big data sets. This talk presents quantum machine learning algorithms that give exponential speed-ups over their best existing classical counterparts. The algorithms work by mapping the data set into a quantum state (big quantum data) that contains the data in quantum superposition. Quantum coherence is then used to reveal patterns in the data. The quantum algorithms scale as the logarithm of the size of the database.

Tech Talk: John Martinis, "Design of a Superconducting Quantum Computer"

Add to EJ Playlist  John Martinis visited Google LA to give a tech talk: "Design of a Superconducting Quantum Computer." This talk took place on October 15, 2013. Bio: John M. Martinis attended the University of California at Berkeley from 1976 to 1987, where he received two degrees in Physics: B.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1987). His thesis research focused on macroscopic quantum tunneling in Josephson Junctions. After completing a post-doctoral position at the Commisiariat Energie Atomic in Saclay, France, he joined the Electromagnetic Technology division at NIST in Boulder. At NIST he was involved in understanding the basic physics of the Coulomb Blockade, and worked to use this phenomenon to make a new fundamental electrical standard based on counting electrons. While at NIST he also invented microcalorimete rs based on superconducting sensors for x-ray microanalysis and astrophysics. In June of 2004 he moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he currently holds the Worster Chair. At UCSB, he has continued work on quantum computation. Along with Andrew Cleland, he was awarded in 2010 the AAAS science breakthrough of the year for work showing quantum behavior of a mechanical oscillator. Abstract: Superconducting quantum computing is now at an important crossroad, where "proof of concept" experiments involving small numbers of qubits can be transitioned to more challenging and systematic approaches that could actually lead to building a quantum computer. Our optimism is based on two recent developments: a new hardware architecture for error detection based on "surface codes" [1], and recent improvements in the coherence of superconducting qubits [2]. I will explain how the surface code is a major advance for quantum computing, as it allows one to use qubits with realistic fidelities, and has a connection architecture that is compatible with integrated circuit technology. Additionally, the surface code allows quantum error detection to be understood using simple principles. I will also discuss how the hardware characteristics of superconducting qubits map into this architecture, and review recent results that suggest gate errors can be reduced to below that needed for the error detection threshold. References [1] Austin G. Fowler, Matteo Mariantoni, John M. Martinis and Andrew N. Cleland, PRA 86, 032324 (2012). [2] R. Barends, J. Kelly, A. Megrant, D. Sank, E. Jeffrey, Y. Chen, Y. Yin, B. Chiaro, J. Mutus, C. Neill, P. O'Malley, P. Roushan, J. Wenner, T. C. White, A. N. Cleland and John M. Martinis, arXiv:1304:2322 .

NYC Tech Talk Series: How Google Backs Up the Internet

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk October 22, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Raymond Blum ABSTRACT Systems like GMail and Picasa keep massive amounts of data in the cloud, all of which has to be constantly backed up to prepare for the inevitable. Typical backup and recovery techniques don't scale, so Google has devised new methods for securing unprecedented volumes of data against every type of failure. There are many unique challenges, both obvious and subtle, in delivering storage systems at this scale; we'll discuss these and their solutions as well as some alternatives that didn't make the grade. About the speaker: Raymond Blum leads a team of Site Reliability Engineers charged with keeping Google's and its users' data safe and durable. Prior to coming to Google he was the IT director for a hedge fund after spending a few lifetimes developing systems at HBO and on Wall Street. In his meager spare time he indulges his interests in robotics and home automation and reads too much science fiction.

QuakeFinder Tech Talk October 4, 2013 1

Add to EJ Playlist  Speaker Info: Tom Bleier, Vice President, QuakeFinder Humanitarian R&D Project For thirty-seven years Tom Bleier has developed, built, and tested complex defense and commercial satellites and ground control systems. Early in his career Tom became interested in understanding the physics of the pre-earthquake process. Based on the theories developed by Stanford University scientists after the Loma Prieta earthquake and the USGS observations of earthquake lights, he developed ultra-low frequency (ULF) magnetometers to detect electromagnetic signals at the onset of large earthquakes that may provide the key to understanding the warning signs of deadly seismic hazards. What started as an educational outreach program, donating time and materials for the ULF magnetometer kits to a handful of high-schools, has expanded over the last decade into a web-based network of over 110 sensors that detect and record ULF background signals—looking for earthquakes. Abstract: Can We Forecast Earthquakes Yet? - The Electomagnetic Aspects of Earthquakes - What are the Physical Processes Involved? - Are "Short Term Forecasts" Possible? - QuakeFinder's Use of Electromagnetic monitoring to detect quakes 1-14 days prior. See http://www.quak

Refactoring Space Exploration with Soft Machines

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk November 12, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Vytas SunSpiral, NASA Ames Research ABSTRACT To understand how we control motion, we need to understand the physical mechanism being moved. Emerging theories of vertebrate physiology are overturning the traditional bone-centric model of the body in favor of a ""tensegrity"" model, in which the primary load paths are in the continuous tension network of the soft tissues. In this talk, I will discuss research and development at NASA Ames into dynamic tensegrity robots and how these ""soft machines"" may be controlled through biologically inspired methods. Along the way, I will talk about how the unique properties of tensegrity robots may enable new methods of planetary landing and exploration. Vytas SunSpiral is a Senior Robotics Researcher leading the Dynamic Tensegrity Robotics Lab within the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center. Vytas has been developing new robotic technologies and leading start-ups since he graduated from Stanford University in 1998. Prior to his current work at NASA Ames, Vytas was CTO of Apisphere Inc, a Berkeley based startup that built a cloud-based system for location triggered mobile services. His first start-up in 1998 was Mobot Inc., which built fully autonomous robotic tour guides for museums. In parallel with his career in robotics, Vytas has been a life-long student of human motion in many forms, including yoga, dance, martial arts, and physical therapy."

Visualizing Data Using t-SNE

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk June 24, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Laurens van der Maaten, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands ABSTRACT Visualization techniques are essential tools for every data scientist. Unfortunately, the majority of visualization techniques can only be used to inspect a limited number of variables of interest simultaneously. As a result, these techniques are not suitable for big data that is very high-dimensiona l. An effective way to visualize high-dimensiona l data is to represent each data object by a two-dimensional point in such a way that similar objects are represented by nearby points, and that dissimilar objects are represented by distant points. The resulting two-dimensional points can be visualized in a scatter plot. This leads to a map of the data that reveals the underlying structure of the objects, such as the presence of clusters. We present a new technique to embed high-dimensiona l objects in a two-dimensional map, called t-Distributed Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (t-SNE), that produces substantially better results than alternative techniques. We demonstrate the value of t-SNE in domains such as computer vision and bioinformatics. In addition, we show how to scale up t-SNE to big data sets with millions of objects, and we present an approach to visualize objects of which the similarities are non-metric (such as semantic similarities). This talk describes joint work with Geoffrey Hinton.

Google NYC Tech Talks: Crisis Response @ Google

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk July 9, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Alice Bonhomme-Biais and Phil Coakley ABSTRACT When disaster strikes, people increasingly turn to the internet for information. Google Crisis Response helps ensure the right information is there in these times of need by building tools to collect and share emergency information, and by supporting first responders in using technology to help improve and save lives. In this presentation, we'll discuss three essential design principles that take into account uniquely pressing needs in crisis situations: - Simple: tools must be familiar and easy to use - Open: software must be open for systems to interoperate; data must be open for wide use - Standard: technology must be built on agreed-upon standards to enable information sharing and collaboration We'll take a technical look at three tools under active development by the Crisis Response team, each grown out of these principles: Crisis Map ( esponse/, Person Finder ( inder/global/ho me.html?lang=en ), and Public Alerts ( esponse/publica lerts/). About the speakers: Alice Bonhomme-Biais is a Staff Software Engineer at She holds a PhD in distributed systems from ENS Lyon, France. In 2005, she joined Google's New York office to work on search quality for Google Maps. In 2010 she became one of the first software engineers on the Google Crisis Response Team. Phil Coakley is a Staff Software Engineer at in NYC, where he works on the Crisis Response Team building systems that make critical information more accessible in times of disaster. Prior to joining Google in 2007, he was involved in a network security startup in the NYC area. Phil has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Columbia University.

Google NYC Tech Talk: Breaking the Matrix - Android Testing at Scale

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk August 16, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Ivan Janicijevic ABSTRACT Are you ready to take the red pill? Mobile has changed the way humans interact with computers. This is great, but as engineers we're faced with an ever growing matrix of environments our code runs on. The days of considering only a handful of browsers and screen resolutions are not coming back. How can engineers cope with the Matrix? We'll cover how Google is fighting this testing problem on workstations, in the cloud and in your head... "I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it." About the speaker: Ivan Janicijevic is a Senior Software Engineer in test and is passionate about building android development and test infrastructure. Having joined Google in 2006, Ivan worked on the Google Checkout team, developing automation infrastructure. He then helped the Google Wallet Android engineering team by building internal development infrastructure, build / release systems, and moved them from zero automated test coverage to having hundreds of tests verifying every code submission. Then, Ivan worked on making state-of-the-ar t development, test, and release infrastructure available to all Android application developers at Google. Today, Ivan is working on mobile infrastructure for ads projects in NYC.

PhDs at Google: The Embedded Approach to Research

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk July 31, 2013 Ph.D.'s at Google: The Embedded Approach to Research Research at Google is unique, as it is conducted across the entire Engineering organization, following a hybrid approach. This approach allows our discoveries to affect the world, both through improving Google products and services which reach the user directly, as well as through the broader advancement of scientific knowledge. Google employs thousands of PhDs throughout the company, where any single product area likely has more PhDs than does all of the Research organization. This creates an integrated culture that is singular; teams are integrated, boundaries are fluid, and we face challenges together while retaining a close feedback loop from the real world, focused on building and launching new products. Utilizing the collective talent within Google, Software Engineers and Research Scientists across Engineering work together, allowing us to move quickly on technological advance and to bring the best possible technology to our users. This panel discussion, with six of Google's senior software engineers and researchers, touches on what keeps us engaged in our work, covering topics such as leveraging your PhD at Google, research versus software engineering, common research focus areas, roles for individual contributors and managers, publishing and patents, conferences and collaboration opportunities, and project mobility. Google Panelists Michiel Bacchiani, Senior Staff Research Scientist Omar Benjelloun, Staff Software Engineer Gideon Mann, Staff Research Scientist Umesh Shankar, Senior Staff Software Engineer Eugene Weinstein, Senior Software Engineer Oksana Yakhnenko, Software Engineer

John Preskill: Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier

Add to EJ Playlist  John Preskill visited Google LA to speak about "Quantum Computer and the Entanglement Frontier." This talk took place on September 25, 2013

Why Does My Brain Sleep?

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk Presented by: Matthew P. Walker, Ph.D. Abstract: We spend one third of our lives asleep, yet doctors and scientists still have no complete understanding as to why. It is one of the last great scientific mysteries. This talk will describe new discoveries suggesting that, far from being a time when the brain is dormant, sleep is a highly active process critical for a constellation of different functions. These include the importance of sleep for learning, memory and brain plasticity. Furthermore, a role for sleep in intelligently synthesizing new memories together will be examined, the result of which is next-day creative insights. Finally, a new role for sleep in regulating emotional brain networks will be discussed, optimally preparing us for next day social and psychological challenges. Bio: Matthew Walker earned his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council in London, UK, and subsequently became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of California Berkeley. He is the recipient of funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In 2006 he became a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations.

SeriousGames@Google: PlayForward: Using Games to Improve Adolescent Health

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk July 11, 2013 (more info below) ABSTRACT Play2Prevent is a new initiative aimed at forging collaborations and partnerships between scientists, educators, video game designers/devel opers, community based organizations and others. Based at Yale University, Play2Prevent builds on the evolving and expanding area of "serious games", a field defined as videogames or versions of videogames intended for use outside of entertainment, for example, in the fields of education or health. Play2Prevent's first game is PlayForward: Elm City Stories. Currently part of a randomized clinical trial, PlayForward is an interactive world in which the player "travels" through life, facing challenges and making decisions that bring different risks and benefits. The player is able to see how important choices in risky settings can affect their lives. In the game players learn how negotiating challenges using skills they acquire in PlayForward can translate to real life providing them with positive health skills that can decrease their risk for STDs including HIV. As games move beyond entertainment, new best practices in design, are being established that combine best approaches established in commercial entertainment games with the special needs of games for areas like health behavior change. During this talk members of the PlayForward production and research team will present the project including its underlying science along with how they learned to blend together practices and experts from games, health, to create a novel health intervention. SPEAKER INFO Lynn E. Fiellin: Lynn E. Fiellin, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her work, which has been funded by the NIH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is focused in the area of creating innovative models for prevention and treatment. Most recently, she has been awarded a five-year grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to develop and test an interactive video game for the purpose of risk reduction and HIV prevention in at-risk young teens. With this project she created Play2Prevent™, a new initiative aimed at forging collaborations and partnerships between scientists, educators, videogame designers/devel opers, community based organizations and others with the goal being to develop innovative targeted interventions and educational materials for risk reduction and prevention in youth and young adults.Play2Pre vent's first game, PlayForward: Elm City Stories, has been developed in conjunction with Digitalmill and Schell Games. Produced for tablet computers, it focuses on risk reduction and HIV prevention in 11-14 year old at-risk youth and is currently being rigorously tested with 330 teens in a randomized controlled trial. Ben Sawyer: Ben Sawyer is the co-founder of Digitalmill, a games consulting firm based in Portland, Maine. Since beginning his career in game development over ten years ago, Sawyer has pioneered major initiatives in the field of serious games and has become a nationally recognized leader within the games community. For the past ten+ years, Sawyer has dedicated his professional life to discovering new ways to expand the use of games beyond entertainment. In 2002, he co-founded the Serious Games Initiative, a project of the U.S. Government's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The following year, Sawyer organized the first-ever Serious Games Summit. In 2004, Sawyer also co-founded the Games for Health project, an initiative which has built the primary social and professional networks of the health games industry. The Games for Health project receives major funding from the Pioneer Portfolio, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As a game developer, Sawyer has worked on over two dozen major serious game projects, which started with "Virtual U". Produced for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, "Virtual U," a university simulation game, was an Independent Games Festival finalist later that year. Prior to pursuing his professional career, Sawyer graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and studied at Baruch College. In 2013 he was a presented with a Dewey Winburne Community Service Award by SxSW Interactive.

Increasing Mind and Body Health through Manual Therapy

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk June 26, 2013 (more info below) ABSTRACT This 60 min. guest lecture covers some of the basic theories and ideas of advanced manual therapies being developed today and offers some ideas for how you might choose to use manual therapy to improve your mental/physical health through multiple body systems (affecting the nervous system, organ systems, connective tissues, etc.). SPEAKER INFO Eric Moya, CST-D, MS/MFCT is a CranioSacral therapist and Upledger Institute lecturer with a Masters degree in Marriage, Family & Child Therapy. Eric also served for five years as Director of Education for the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. He teaches classes internationally in CranioSacral therapy, Lymph Drainage, Ethics of Manual therapy, Mind/Body health in addition to working with patterned trauma, and Chronic Depletion. For more information please see:

Jeffrey Martini, Arab Spring: the state of democratic reform in the Middle East

Add to EJ Playlist  Two years after the revolutions that shook the political landscape of the Arab world, several countries in the region remain unsettled. In Egypt, the transition has been marked by extreme political polarization between the Muslim Brotherhood and its secular competitors. In Libya, militias continue to operate outside of state control. In Syria, the uprising is sliding toward a sectarian conflict. Did the Arab Spring really change that much for the better, as hopes of democracy seem to have faded, or is it still too soon to tell? And how does the tumult in the region affect the interests of the United States? The talk will also focus on nuclear Iran and Syria, and the response from the US, Russia, and the international community. About the Speaker: Jeffrey Martini is a Middle East analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he works on political reform in the Arab world with a specific focus on North Africa. Martini has published on civil-military relations in Egypt, generational divides within the Muslim Brotherhood, changes in the regional security environment, and prospects for democratization in the "Arab Spring" countries. He has spent spent four years living in the Arab world, including three as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and one in Cairo, Egypt, where he was a 2007â€"08 fellow in the CASA Arabic language program. He speaks, reads, and writes modern standard Arabic and speaks Moroccan and Egyptian colloquial. Martini received his B.A. in political science and economics from Middlebury College and his M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown University.

Mobile to the Future

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk June 5, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Luke Wroblewski ABSTRACT Mobile to the Future When something new comes along, it's common for us to react with what we already know. Radio programming on TV, print design on web pages, and now web page design on mobile devices. But every medium ultimately needs unique thinking and design to reach its true potential. Through an in-depth look at several common web interactions, Luke will outline how to adapt existing desktop design solutions for mobile devices and how to use mobile to expand what's possible across all devices. You'll go from thinking about how to reformat your websites to fit mobile screens, to using mobile as way to rethink the future of the web.

3D modeling for 3D printing

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk May 17, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Vladimir Bulatov. ABSTRACT We discuss technical challenges of creation of 3D printable models and what Shapeways team is doing to help developers and regular users to create unique and customizable 3D pieces. In particular we will pay attention to use of AbBab3D - open source software for 3D voxel based modeling library developed by Shapeways. About the Speaker: Vladimir Bulatov, PhD. Prior of joining Shapeways in 2012 as 3D graphics research scientist Vladimir has been doing academic research in theoretical physics at St. Petersburg University and Imperial College and developing software for non visual access to scientific information at ViewPlus Technologies. He also runs his own business of making mathematically inspired sculptures and jewelry.

Fiber Nonlinearity Compensation

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk May 31, 2013 (more info below) ABSTRACT With the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, it is critical that we increase the capacity of optical networks. Coherent systems are now able to compensate for linear impairments such as CD and PMD. However, fiber nonlinearity limits the maximum power that systems can operate at; higher optical signal-to-noise ratios (OSNR) cannot be achieved by increasing the power. The capacity of optical links can be significantly increased by fiber nonlinearity compensation. The majority of recent nonlinearity compensation research has focused on using digital techniques such as backpropagation (BP). The computational power required for BP has so far prohibited it from being implemented using real-time digital signal processing (DSP). Alternatively, optical techniques can also be used to improve the nonlinearity-li mited performance of optical systems. For example optical phase conjugation (OPC) can be performed near the mid-point of the link so the fiber nonlinearity products generated in the second half of the link mitigate the fiber nonlinearity products generated in the first half. There have also been end-link optical techniques proposed. Optical techniques have the advantage of being more scalable to multi-wavelengt h systems but require modifications to the external plant. In this presentation, an overview of both digital and optical nonlinearity compensation will be presented. The advantages and limitations of each method will be discussed for the different optical network topologies, including point-to-point links, mesh optical networks and future super-channel applications. SPEAKER INFO Liang Bangyuan Du was born in Shenyang, China in 1985. He received the B.Eng. (with first class Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer systems engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, Vic., Australia, in 2007 and 2012, respectively. His research interests include fiber nonlinearity mitigation in long-haul systems, advanced modulation formats and multi-carrier transmission, including orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). He is currently working at Monash University as a Research Fellow. Dr. Du received Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award and the Optical Fiber Communication Conference in 2011 for his work on cross-phase modulation compensation. In 2012, he was awarded the Best Student Paper Award in the Transmission Systems subcommittee at the OptoElectronics and communications conference for work involving mid-span spectral inversion for optical OFDM. He has authored or co-authored over 50 journal and conference papers, including four postdeadlines.

Release Engineering as a Force Multiplier

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk May 28, 2013 (more info below) ABSTRACT John O'Duinn, Director of Release Engineering at Mozilla kicked off ICSE 2013 with his keynote - Release Engineering as a Force Multiplier. The build and release process used to be a pain point at Mozilla, but now makes the company and community more productive as a whole. John will describe details on how the team added support for concurrent development, rethought continuous integration and increased capacity by moving to a hybrid-cloud build infrastructure. These changes improved several aspects of the business, including switching to a rapid release model and reducing turnaround time on a release from weeks to hours. As a result, Mozilla improved its abilities against much bigger and better funded competitors in the marketplace while also allowing them to enter new markets and help ensure its long-term success. John O'Duinn is the Director of Release Engineering at the Mozilla Corporation. This Google tech talk was hosted by Boris Debic.

NOVA: An Interactive Graphics-Scripting Platform for Education and Computational Research

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk May 10, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Wayne M. Getz, Richard M. Salter, Nick Sippl-Swezey ABSTRACT Current graphically-dri ven coding p...

Human Engine Optimization: Natural Strategies for High Ranking Health

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk March 19, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Stephen Devries, M.D. ABSTRACT New scientific advances have revealed the remarkable potency of...

Genesis: A Startup College to Reach the Forgotten Youth of Japan

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk March 15, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Joseph Kim, President, Genesis International College. ABSTRACT Japan has some of the oldest an...

Organizing the World's Scientific Knowledge to make it Universally Accessible and Powerful:

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk April 30, 2013 (more info below) Presented by: Gully Burns ABSTRACT Not all information is created equal. Accurate, innovative scientific kn...

How Google Impacts Global Education:

Add to EJ Playlist  How Google Impacts Global Education: Introducing the Google API usages within the computer adaptive formative assessment (more info below) Google Tech Talk A...

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