Sam Stokes on Research in your life and studies

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research and Office Labs

    Well as far as I can tell have little to do with each other.  I liked Office Labs when they had some community outreach and did cool things like Community Clips, one of the best ways to show others how to do things.  Now the Office Lab site is pretty with nice twirling icons and interesting...
  • Blog Post: Forza Motorsport game engine: Drivatar AI

    If you wonder about how the AI works in the Forza Motorsport game, this link is the one to read a brief article on how it works.  Check out this overview article in case you need to justify your purchase of that new Xbox to someone.  Or if you having that familiar argument that your brain is...
  • Blog Post: Natural User Interface: A future computing para-dig-m or para-dig-it?

    Wow, NUI, this is the thing for anyone starting out in exploring computer science.  Check out the NUI page at Microsoft Research, one of the leaders in NUI: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/focus/nui/default.aspx You will find research tools and other information on that site!
  • Blog Post: NUI without the Kinect? Check out some of the cool ideas here

    Microsoft is nothing if not crazy about destroying the amazing products and ideas that come out of Redmond.  And nothing finer then Kinect, so now Microsoft Research works and supports researchers and inventors to build the competition to Kinect.  That to me is innovative.  Check out the...
  • Blog Post: Free Serenity through Zentity: Extending your existing data model

    Student You need a project to demonstrate how researchers share data for science experiments, and you got nothing.  Now you got the answer and the complete demonstration.  You just have to get it working, so jump into it! Professor L et’s say you are doing climate research and your data model...
  • Blog Post: Changing your view: Rendering, what is it?

    We all live in a fantasy right?  RIGHT?  Oh, maybe it’s just me.  But what is Rendering?  At a technical level you might want to take a look at the paper at this URL http://research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/default.aspx?id=70525 If you are looking for a research paper to read, this...
  • Blog Post: How to NOT review a paper

    Well I AM on vacation and thought that I would look through some of the other research sites, and today I was examining the storied ATT research site.  On the front page, as I am getting ready to either clean out my closet or walk down to the beach, so I just looked at the front page.  On it...
  • Blog Post: This is a really cool panoramic stitching tool!

      If you are like me and use the “burst” mode on your camera to take a bunch of pictures on your digital camera, then this link will definitely be of interest: Image Composite Editor It composes the pictures quickly and that makes it FUN!  Give it a try.  Here is a picture from Warsaw...
  • Blog Post: Climategate: Open Provenance a way to prevent the lack of trust in data and modeling

    The Trident workbench is only one way to create and present scientific workflow.  To make sure that other scientific workflow systems are able to utilize other science or engineering modeling, a standard has been proposed. You can find the document I am working from at: http://eprints.ecs.soton...
  • Blog Post: Trident Workbench and SQL Express

    I hope you have successfully downloaded and installed Trident Workbench, with the Word Add-in, which is a cool way to document your research.  You will also need to have SQL Express installed on your system, with SP1 installed.  Keep in mind, as a non-commercial researcher, you should have...
  • Blog Post: Researching your queries and clicks

    OMG, people tracking what I search and what I click on.  Isn’t that an invasion of my privacy?  I think that I should have the right to protect my privacy, but what is privacy on the Internet? On the other hand, how do others help me to protect my privacy?  Doesn’t that require researchers...
  • Blog Post: ESP: Extra-Sensory Perception or Embodied Social Proxies?

    WTF? ESP? Satellite people? Is this a Coast to Coast show with George Noory for long haul truckers and insomniacs? No, Embodied Social Proxies , this isn’t a problem that my team suffers from, even though we rarely meet in person, none of us work together in person or are collocated. Embodied Social...
  • Blog Post: Computer Archeology: The Smiley, where did it come from?

    The Smiley, where did it come from?  Here is the first instance of the Smiley: 401298269,0,0 19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-) From: Scott E Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c> I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more...
  • Blog Post: Towards programming languages for genetic engineering of living cells

    Ok, still goofing off from my F# articles, but for now, one of my friends has a very bad cancer (not that any of them are good) called peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC), or PMP.  On my other blog about Silverlight Games , I am discussing how to make a serious game that would help people understand...
  • Blog Post: Student Research!

    Zoom over to http://www.acm.org/src/ , take a  look at the student research that was supported by Microsoft Research.  This is different than the Imagine Cup, in that the ACM is oriented toward research.  If you a student, then you will need to use the digital library at your school to...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Using F# to calculate Ballistics part 2

    It was a quiet weekend here at Dana By the Sea, our neighbor’s son has apologized, of course in most any other neighborhood or time, his actions would have been of little note. But in these times of tightly packed urban neighborhoods and news like the recent shootings everyone is nervous. When I was...
  • Blog Post: NASA chooses Microsoft to make space flight data more public

    WOW! Take a look at the press pass (the news organ for Microsoft) at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/mar09/03-24NASADataPR.mspx NASA press release: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/mar/HQ_09-067_Microsoft_WorldWide_Telescope.html The deeper detail of the data share is to be revealed...
  • Blog Post: WTF: Orbital Mechanics/Celestial Mechanics, Newton and Kepler’s Laws

    Apparently this cartoon was all to true with respect to the Mars Climate Orbiter. However, for some reason I am certain that there were no women wearing sexy pantsuits on the navigator team for the MCO. If I am wrong leave a comment. Hi ho: Well like Tim Buxton said at the Mix09 keynote today, the transition...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: F#, and the Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) crash in 1998

    OMG: Slide Rules and F#, ‘sup with that? World of Twitter, Facebook, $300 computers running Windows 7, why would I even mention this arcane tool? F# and Slide Rules have something in common: Dimensional Analysis. In F# you can use dimensional analysis to implement your programs. What does this mean?...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Syllabus for the rest of the students at a university, with a focus on Functional Programming

    Information science and computer science pretty much control the programming classes and curriculum at the universities, colleges and trade schools. Most of the training is either to implement and manage systems or how to write programs and think about new problems and solutions. It is all good and needed...
  • Blog Post: F#: Re-Thinking the syllabus for training engineers and scientists in programming

    Well continuing my effort to bring F# to the Engineers, one of the things that Engineering students look for is the move from graphing calculators to solving problems in a way that doesn’t require an expensive tool like MatLab or Mathematica, although both are excellent tools. When engineers leave school...
  • Blog Post: Professors: Get No Cost software for your students

    ";" galleryimg="no" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/research/WindowsLiveWriter/ProfessorsGetFreesoftwareforyourstudents_8B81/video5590adc319f9.jpg"> Hey PROFESSORS of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Design: You can get no-cost Software for your students, labs and for your...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Curriculum for F# part 1, thinking about curriculum for CS

    No picture today, the Community server didn’t want to host it. What the F#, umm, does that work? Oh well, I’ll stick with it for awhile. After all blogs like this are not broadly read, so I figure I can talk about anything I want to. Ok, on to curriculum and pedagogical discussions: So what should a...
  • Blog Post: F#, Imperative Languages and Identifiers

    OMG! I got pulled off my usual job of doing a bunch of things and have been focused on getting students involved in the Imagine Cup Software Design Invitational in the United States. Then it was Christmas and I ate to many cookies, etc. Finally I ignored my one comment from a int19h, and when you get...
  • Blog Post: F# variables or a return to BASIC?

    In the example I used in the past post utilized the "let" command and it didn't have any data type, what's up with that? Oh it gets worse, the identifier (not variable) are immutable. That is the memory location of the identifier cannot be modified. To create an mutable identifier you have to declare...
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