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Call for Participation: The 2nd Oktave Micro-workshop

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OKTAVE MICRO-WORKSHOP SERIES 2009

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

http://omw.oktave.in/index.php/omw-events/details/2-omw-2-general-topics

The Oktave Micro-Workshop on General Topics in Information Management will be held at 5:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2009 at IIIT-Bangalore.

After rigorous peer-review, the following papers have been accepted for presentation at this micro-workshop:

1. A Tutorial Introduction to Information Networks: Part-I

Srinath Srinivasa

Abstract: This paper, as part of a multi-part series aims to provide a tutorial introduction to the growing field of the theory of information networks. Information networks are networks of information processing elements set up to meet information needs in any population. This part of the tutorial takes a philosophical perspective on information networks and motivates its significance. This is done by contrasting information exchange with material exchange and providing examples of information networks from nature. The paper then sets a roadmap for the rest of the tutorials to follow.

2. User Authentication in a Pervasive Environment

Karthick Lakshmanan

Abstract: Pervasive computing is a storehouse of opportunities to do research in multitudes of challenging issues with the objective of providing a minimally obtrusive and seamless computing environment to the users. To achieve this aim, the user should be able to access information through different computing environments on the go. The user access should be authenticated to have a secure access to the computing environment. Thus, user authentication systems form an integral part of the overall pervasive environment. This paper aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the challenges associated with the design of a secure and seamless user authentication system for a pervasive environment and discusses the proposed solutions in related researches.

Please register for the micro-workshop here.

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March 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Call for Participation: Oktave Micro-Workshop

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OKTAVE MICRO-WORKSHOP SERIES 2009

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

http://omw.oktave.in/index.php/omw-events/details/1-omw-1-multi-agent-systems

The Oktave Micro-Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, March 6, 2009 at IIIT-Bangalore.

After rigorous peer-review, the following papers have been accepted for presentation at this micro-workshop:

1. iLearn – Collaborative Learning System

Abhilash L L, Bharath Palavalli, Harsha K, Ricardo Lage

Abstract: iLearn is a multi-agent learning management system that provides a platform focused on promoting student interactions. The agent environment will allow students seeking help to find the students providing help. The incentive system also ’persuades’ students to improve themselves and offer more help to a lot of different students thus improving the overall quality of content in the system. The system also provides incentives to faculty for generating high quality content and for spending extra time helping students.

2. Energy Control Game Model for Dynamic Spectrum Scanning

Jyotsna Bapat, et al.

Please register for the micro-workshop here.

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March 4, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Topical Anchors

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My friend Aditya is conducting an experiment about “topical anchors”. Given a set of related words, a topical anchor is a word or phrase that best represents the given set of words. Quoting Aditya:

For example, if given the words ‘Sachin Tendulkar’, ‘Sourav Ganguly’ and ‘Rahul Dravid’, you have to answer with words about the subject they represent like ‘Cricket’, ‘India’ and you can also add ‘Batsmen’.

and

For the words ‘Mickey Mouse’, ‘Donald Duck’ and ‘Goofy’, you can think of the representative words to be ‘Disney’ and ‘cartoon’. There is no one right answer to the questions but do not be too generic by answering ‘humans’, ‘earthlings’ for the above mentioned cricketers and similarly do not be opinionated by answering ‘gods of cricket’, ‘old losers’. We need an answer which will represent the words best.

Aditya has developed some algorithms for automatically determining the topical anchors for a given set of words. He wants to calibrate his algorithms against human feedback. So, if you’re free, please do participate in this experiment and provide feedback.

Thanks.

Aargh! Hmmm…

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I saw “Aarghhhhh!” written as a friend’s IM status message, and wondered what could be some of the most frequent spellings of this expression. So I decided to google “aargh”. The top result for this query turned out to be pretty interesting.

Oliver Steele has an interesting post on this topic here.

Steele has an interesting analysis about the expression hmmm too.

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