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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 efinder.com/

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 (http://www.goo gle.org/crisisr esponse/, Person Finder (http://www.goo gle.org/personf inder/global/ho me.html?lang=en ), and Public Alerts (http://www.goo gle.org/crisisr esponse/publica lerts/). About the speakers: Alice Bonhomme-Biais is a Staff Software Engineer at Google.org. 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 Google.org 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: ericmoya.com

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 platforms for building computational models are either confined to a restricted selection of in-house elements or have a flat structure that facilitates the formulation of either dynamical systems models or individual-base d, event-oriented (agent) models, but not both. NOVA is a hierarchically structured, modularized platform with a graphics-based IDE. Nova models are constructed using graphical components that are subsequently captured and converted to a JavaScript extension called NovaScript that seamlessly merges dynamic-system and agent based modeling paradigms. It is simple enough to be used in the K-12 classroom to meet the Next Generation Science Standards in computational thinking, as described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education. It is also powerful enough to build full scale computational models for research in the environmental and human sciences fields. Nova features include: • Modularity and open-ended scalability with hierarchical levels that can be independently run, tested,evaluate d and intertwined. Such levels may be reused in multiple models. • Wrapping of any code required for model implementation into Nova code chips, which are portable and reusable components of the IDE. • Platform extension through the use of plugins. • Proliferation and movement of agents over real landscapes • Interfacing the platform with other platforms to take advantage of existing tool boxes (e.g. geographic information systems, R statistical packages). Since models can be depicted as a graphical set of wiring diagrams at each hierarchical level of the formulation, recyclable modules and code chips can be easily snapped in and out of the model, allowing the platform to facilitate the development of communities of applied computational scientists that have rudimentary coding skills, and enabling them to communicate the structure of very complex models, build upon common experiences, assemble very large models rapidly and accurately with considerable confidence in their voracity to address the most challenging societal problems of today: poverty, disease, global change.

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 simple strategies for optimizing our health. This talk will highlight surprising, yet highly practical nutritional and mind/body interventions that can make an enormous difference in maintaining wellness. When further steps are needed, a path to balanced medicine will be discussed-combi ning the best of both natural approaches and conventional medicine. Speaker Info: Stephen Devries, M.D is a preventive cardiologist and Executive Director of the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology, a nonprofit organization that promotes natural approaches to heart health. He is also an Associate Professor at Northwestern University. Dr. Devries has had unique training, including a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. He previously wrote the weekly Chicago Sun-Times column, "Heart Beat"and authored the Time/Warner book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Cholesterol." Dr. Devries has been voted by his peers many years over as one of the "Best Doctors in America" and lectures internationally on integrative approaches to prevention of heart disease.

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 and most respected universities in the world. However, higher education in Japan is only for the privileged and is inaccessible to the majority of high school graduates. Genesis International College of Osaka, Japan (www.genesiscol lege.jp) is a non-profit startup English-languag e college scheduled to launch in 2015 that is aimed at the working class poor of Japan. After giving an overview of Japan's economy and educational system, Joseph Kim will discuss innovation/disr uption in higher education and how Genesis College hopes to reach the 15+ million people in the working class poor in Japan through a globalized English-languag e curriculum. About the Speaker: Joseph Kim is the founding president of Genesis International College. He brings to Genesis College a unique blend of leadership in academics, non-profit organizations, and church ministry. Previously, he was the Executive Vice-President of CBI Japan in Nagoya, Japan. He has taught philosophy and business ethics for Hope International University, Arizona State University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also taught public speaking and organizational strategy at キリスト聖書神学校 in Nagoya. Although his academic research is primarily in philosophy, the majority of his writing is now focused on leadership, organizational strategy, and effective communication. He is the author of Reformed Epistemology and the Problem of Religious Diversity, a book at the intersection of epistemology and the philosophy of religion. He is currently working on his newest book, Personal Strategy: a Competitive Life, a book which is focused on the personal strategic choices a young person faces when deciding upon their future. He has been a keynote speaker or seminar leader, mostly on the topic of leadership, for more than 30 international organizations such as Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (Japan), Handong Global University (South Korea), Torch Trinity Graduate School (South Korea), EMA Nairobi (Kenya), Midwest University, Asia Center (Thailand), Gracepoint Hsinchu (Taiwan), Covenant Seminary (USA), and JAMA Leadership Conferences (USA). He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (GMP) and Arizona State University where he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy.

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 knowledge generally has an enormous impact on humanity. It is the source of our ability to make predictions about our environment. It is the source of new technology (with all its attendent consequences, both positive and negative). It is also a continuous source of wonder and fascination. In general, the value and power of scientific knowledge is not reflected in the scale and structure of the information infrastructure used to house, store and share this knowledge. Many scientists use spreadsheets as the most sophisticated data management tool and only publish their data as PDF files in the literature. In this high-level talk, we describe a powerful, new knowledge engineering framework for describing scientific observations within a broader strategic model of the scientific process. We describe general open-source tools for scientists to model and manage their data in an attempt to accelerate discovery. Using examples focussed on the high-value challenge problem: finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease, we present a high-level strategic approach that is both in-keeping with Google's vision and values and could also provide a viable new research that would benefit from Google's massively scalable technology. Ultimately, we present an informatics research initiative for the 21st century: 'Building a Breakthrough Machine". Speaker Info Gully Burns develops pragmatic biomedical knowledge engineering systems for scientists that (a) provide directly useful functionality in their everyday use and (b) is based on innovative, cutting edge computer science that subtlely transforms our ability to use knowledge. He was originally trained as a physicist at Imperial College in London before switching to do a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Oxford. He came to work at USC in 1997, developing the 'NeuroScholar' project in Larry Swanson's lab before joining the Information Sciences Institute in 2006. He is now works as project leader in ISI's Information Integration Group, as well as a Research Assistant Professor of neurobiology at USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He maintains a personal blog called 'Ars-Veritatis, the art of truth', and is very interested in seeing how his research in developing systems for scientists could translate to helping and supporting understanding and our use of knowledge in everyday life.

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 April 30, 2013 Presented by Jaehwa Choi ABSTRACT The purpose of this presentation is introducing the Google APIs applications within the Computer Adaptive Formative AssessmentTM (CAFATM; Choi, Kim, & Yoon, 2012). CAFATM is a technology-base d educational assessment and learning system focused on a formative assessment process. This system provides individually tailored diagnostics, feedback, and learning progress information to students, educators, parents, policy makers, and members of the community. This web-based formative assessment system integrates 1) various educational practices (e.g., standards-based curriculum, classroom instruction, and accountability system), 2) learning and cognitive theoretical frameworks (e.g., Cognitive Knowledge Maps), and 3) advanced psychometric models (e.g., Item Response Theory Models, Computer Adaptive Assessments, Diagnostic Assessment Models, Formative Assessment Models, Auto Item Generation Modules, and Multi-level Longitudinal Assessment Models). This presentation illustrates how the Google APIs (e.g., Android, Google Translation, Google Search, YouTube, Google Chart, and Google Image, etc.) have been utilized for various components inside of the CAFA TM system. A math learning application of the CAFA TM system, http://eMathTes t.com which provides free computer adaptive math worksheets to K-12 students, will also be introduced to demonstrate the broad and practical impacts of the Google APIs to the global math education. Speaker Info: Jaehwa Choi is Associate Professor of educational research methods in the Department of Educational Leadership at The George Washington University. His research interests include structural equation modeling, latent growth models, Markov chain Monte Carlo estimation methods for latent variable models, and formative assessment system applications. He is the chief inventor of Computer Adaptive Formative AssessmentTM (CAFATM; www.eMathTest.c om/CAFA) that is the core engine of a web based mathematics learning system, www.eMathTest.c om.

Building and Interacting with Virtual Brain

Add to EJ Playlist  Google Tech Talk April 12, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Randy McIntosh ABSTRACT The Virtual Brain (TVB, thevirtualbrain .org) is an international project that uses real neuroimaging data to construct a simulation of the human brain. Anatomical data setup the conduit for communication between different brain regions. The dynamics for each region are generated from a library of nonlinear models, and produce large-scale activity patterns that can be compared directly to empirical functional data, such EEG/MEG or functional MRI. The talk will present the core of the platform and its applications to understanding the structure-funct ion interplay that forms the basis of cognitive architectures. TVB's use of real data is also at the heart of a larger social neuroscience initiative, wherein small groups of people interact with TVB through wireless EEG headsets, modifying an immersive audiovisual environment that mimics a dream -- My Virtual Dream. The goal is to make use of individual brain signals to augment the group experience through TVB. The two avenues of development for TVB will inform neurally-inspir ed computing architectures and the evolution of interactive devices that can use a person's physiology to redesign their experience. Speaker Info: Randy McIntosh, PhD. Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Director, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre

GTAC 2013: Building Scalable Mobile Test Infrastructure for Google+ Mobile

Add to EJ Playlist  http://g.co/gta c2013 Slides: http://goo.gl/x WZKt Eduardo Bravo, Google Testing native apps in a meaningful, stable and scalable way is a challenge. The G+ ha...

GTAC 2013: Espresso: Fresh Start to Android UI Testing

Add to EJ Playlist  http://g.co/gta c2013 Slides: http://goo.gl/i eunS Valera Zakharov , Google Developing a reliable Android test should be as quick and easy as pulling a shot of...

GTAC 2013: Testing for Educational Gaming and Educational Gaming for Testing

Add to EJ Playlist  http://g.co/gta c2013 Slides: http://goo.gl/w b3nm Tao Xie, North Carolina State University This talk presents Pex4Fun (http://www.pex forfun.com/), which lever...

GTAC 2013 Day 1 Closing Keynote: How Facebook Tests Facebook on Android

Add to EJ Playlist  http://g.co/gta c2013 Slides: http://goo.gl/2 78b4 Simon Stewart, Facebook Facebook is one of the most popular Android applications there is. In this talk, you...

GTAC 2013: Automated Video Quality Measurements

Add to EJ Playlist  http://g.co/gta c2013 Slides: http://goo.gl/s F7Fm Patrik Höglund, Google Yes, it is possible to automatically test complex, subjective measurements such as vi...



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