Archive for the ‘conference reports’ category


“Humans, Computers Each Have Their Place”

December 15th, 2011
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt (left) responds to questions at an event for the Economic Club of Washington, DC on Monday [image courtesy The Economic Club of Washington, DC/Paul Morse via The Washington Post].

In The Washington Post yesterday: Modern technological advances have sparked many concerns that supercomputers, robots and other sophisticated machinery will soon erase the need for skilled workers, especially in industries like manufacturing and construction, perhaps driving the nation’s unemployment rate even higher in the years ahead.   Similarly, Americans’ increasing dependence on technology, ranging from constant computer use to around-the-clock interaction with mobile ...

NIH: “Looking at the Potential of mHealth to Solve Long-standing Problems”

December 6th, 2011
2011 mHealth Summit

Over 3,600 officials spanning government, industry, and academia are gathered at the third annual mHealth Summit just outside Washington, DC, this week, "to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the U.S. and abroad." Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius kicked off the conference on Monday morning, emphasizing ...

A Recap of Supercomputing

November 25th, 2011
SC11 conference - Seattle, WA - Connecting communities through HPC [image courtesy SC].

Last week in Seattle a record attendance of more than 11,000 people from throughout the world met at the Seattle Convention Center for SC11 -- the largest international supercomputing conference focusing on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis through a large industrial and research exhibition and a highly peer reviewed technical program (which was attended by almost 5,000 ...

“The Cyborg in Everyone”

October 24th, 2011
2011 Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT

We blogged about brain-computer interfaces early last week -- and it turns out there was a related talk later in the week by Gerwin Schalk, a Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center, during MIT's 2011 Emerging Technologies Conference. Schalk described his lab's pioneering methods for controlling computers with thoughts instead of fingers: [In 1968], Doug Engelbart actually showed for the first time ...

Standing-Room Only at a VLDB Challenges & Visions Session

September 13th, 2011
37th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2011) [image courtesy].

Attendees of the 37th International Conference on Very Large Databases (VLDB 2011) -- a premier annual international forum for data management and database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users -- stretched into the hallway outside the meeting room during the first of two Challenges and Visions sessions held in Seattle, WA, in late August. According to ...

SSTD 2011 Vision & Challenge Track Winners Announced

August 27th, 2011
Mohamed Mokbel, University of Minnesota

The following is a special contribution to this blog from Shashi Shekhar and Mohamed Mokbel, faculty in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The pair organized the 12th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases in Minneapolis, MN, this week. We were delighted to host a successful Vision and Challenge ...