September, 2008

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September, 2008

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    Image Composite Editor (ICE) available for download


    The Interactive Visual Media Group from Microsoft Research has released Image Composite Editor (ICE) – which let’s you stitch together images and output to multi-resolution tiled formats – great for creating HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom images…

    More details on it at Matt’s HDView Blog

  • A GPU accelerated orientation adjustment tool.  Sometimes the automatic stitching software doesn't quite get the viewing direction correct, or perhaps you want to use a rectilinear projection instead of a cylindrical projection.  This new tool allows you to interactively make these adjustments. 
  • 360 blending support.  Our fast poisson blend technique now creates a seamless 360 blend.
  • Output to Photoshop layers.
  • Create an HD View web page.
  • Create a Silverlight Deep Zoom web page, including new 360 support in our Silverlight application.
  • Integration with both the Windows Shell and the next version of Windows Live Photo Gallery, so that you can quickly launch a new stitching project.
  • Image Composite Editor (ICE)

    What is ICE?
    ICE is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. You shoot a set of overlapping photographs of a scene from a single location, and ICE creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all your images at full resolution. Then save your stitched panorama in a wide variety of formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom.

    Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor (ICE)


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    Data Mining Services in the Cloud – Mine your Data, Any Place, Any Time


    This is great news - Software-plus-Services that any scientist/researcher could use.  The SQL Server Data Mining folks have a Data Mining Service in the cloud they are testing out…I posted previously [OLAP and Scientific Data & Data Mining Addins for Office 2007 (Excel & Visio)] about the Excel addins that allow anyone with Excel to do Data Mining on Excel tables.  Nowimage the team is testing out SQL Server Data Mining Services – from which you can do the data mining directly from Excel 2007 or even upload a csv file. 

    So for fun – I downloaded a csv file of a stream gauge near Redmond into Excel and ran the “Highlight Exceptions” tool to find outliers in the dataset – it read the table, uploaded it to the service and in seconds returned the results - which included the number of outliers - in this case air temperature and it also highlighted in the table the imagerows.  It was so easy.  I can see it being used for many scientific datasets - even to clean them before doing other analysis, charting, graphs, uploads, etc.

    The Table Analysis Tools included are:

    • Analyze Key Influencers
    • Detect Categories
    • Fill from Example
    • Forecast
    • Highlight Exceptions
    • Scenario Analysis
    • Prediction Calculator
    • Shopping Basket Analysis

    Microsoft SQL Server Data Mining Services

    Mine your Data, Any Place, Any Time

    The SQL Server Data Mining team is working to extend the power and ease of use of SQL Server Data Mining to the Cloud. Our goal is provide services that allow you to build rich, predictive applications without worrying about server infrastructure, and showcase these services with cool applications that give you a glimpse of what’s possible. We bring you a technology preview of our work below. Enjoy!

    Current Projects

    Table Analysis Tools for the Cloud

    Build powerful predictive reports on your data with just a few clicks!
    - No data mining expertise required
    - No server installation required
    - All you need is your Internet connection

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    My Clown Club Card


    Clown Club DanThanks to Office OFFline I was able to create my own Shoe Circus Clown Club card as featured in the new ads.  Just make sure you right click on the link and save as.

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    Science News to justify half a bar of chocolate per week - lowers risk of heart disease


    I only wish the study coming out of the Moli-sani Project being run by Research Laboratories of the Catholic University in Campobasso recommended milk chocolate instead dark chocolate. 

    Sorry Snickers - Half A Bar Of Chocolate Per Week, But Just The Dark Kind, Lowers Risk Of Heart Disease | Scientific Blogging
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    Science Cribsheets from SEED Magazine


    With all the activity in different science domains – I always keep an eye on the Science Cribsheets that SEED magazine puts out.   The latest, #16 is on Synthetic Biology…they’ve covered many topics from Stem Cells, Hurricanes, Climate Change, etc.


    Seed: Cribsheet

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    Virtual Earth 6.2 Technical Webcast


    Here are a couple of upcoming Virtual Earth Webcasts to highlight the uses and details of the Virtual Earth 6.2 Release.   There are many VE pieces that can be used with scientific data, ie  to plot or even overlay other maps using mapcruncher

    Chris Pendleton is hosting the Momentum Webcast: See More and Do More with Microsoft Virtual Earth (Level 100)

  • Event Date: Thursday, October 02, 2008
  • Event Time: 9:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Microsoft is excited to announce the latest version of the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform, which can now deliver the Virtual Earth mapping experience on the desktop, on mobile devices, and via broadcast. The new release features mobile support, expanded international mapping, richer imagery, a broader range of data, and improved functionality. Organizations using Virtual Earth can see more and do more than ever, with enhancements that allow users to find, discover, and visualize data in new and innovative ways.

    Mark Brown is hosting the Virtual Earth 6.2 Technical Webcast

    • Event Date: Friday, October 3, 2008
    • Event Time: 10:00 AM PT
    • Duration: 90 minutes

    Join Mark Brown, Senior Product Manager for Virtual Earth to get a deep dive review of the next version of Virtual Earth 6.2 with demos throughout to show you how to leverage these in your applications. In addition we are releasing Virtual Earth Web Services v1.0. This SOAP-based web service was designed for developers looking to build and deploy mapping applications in a server-side environment and provides support for building desktop and mobile applications. Mark will also go through a number of the features in this v1 release with some demos and sample code as well.

    Mark Brown's Virtual Earth Blog : Virtual Earth 6.2 Technical Webcast

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