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Machine Translation (MT) has been championed as an effective technology for knowledge transfer from English to languages with less digital content. An example of such efforts is the automatic translation of English Wikipedia to languages with smaller collections, such as Arabic. However, MT quality is still far from ideal for many of the languages and text genres. While translating a document, many sentences are poorly translated which can provide an incorrect text, and confuse the reader. Moreover, some of these sentences are not as informative and could be summarized to make a more cohesive document.... Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1202 Read more... Cloud-Hosted Databases: A Consumer Perspective Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:00
Service Level Agreements (SLA) represent the contract which captures the agreed upon guarantees between a service provider and its customers. The specifications of existing service level agreements (SLA) for cloud services are not designed to flexibly handle even relatively straightforward performance and technical requirements of consumer applications. In this talk, we present an end-to-end framework for consumer-centric SLA management of cloud-hosted databases, CloudDb AutoAdmin.... Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1213 Read more... Towards supporting the elderly age in place: Multimodal dialogue processing in the ROBOHELPER project Sun, 11/10/2013 - 13:00
The goal of the ROBOHELPER project is to design and develop robotic assistants that could help the elderly live independently. In the first phase of this project, we are focusing on the multimodal interface required for the human to communicate with the robot. I will first describe the data collection of human-human interactions we carried out with elderly subjects. I will then discuss two models: one for pronominal and deictic reference resolution, and one for dialogue act classification.... Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1213 Read more... Descriptive Minicomplexity Mon, 11/04/2013 - 12:00
Minicomplexity is the computational complexity theory that we can build by analogy to standard Computational Complexity Theory, when our computational model and resource of interest are not the Turing machine and its running time, but instead the two-way finite automaton (2FA) and its size. Descriptive minicomplexity is the part of this theory where the computational power of 2FAs is characterized in terms of logical formulas.... Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1202 Read more... Computer-Based Mathematics Tue, 10/29/2013 - 12:00
Conrad Wolfram from Wolfram Research will be speaking about Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, and Computer Based Mathematics.
Important note: This presentation will start promptly at 12:00 and conclude at 12:30. Please arrive a few minutes early.
Learning to control a robotic device is generally accomplished by forming a new cognitive map between the body motions and extrapersonal space. Here, I consider the challenge of remapping movement-to-space representations in survivors of spinal cord injury, for the control of powered robotic wheelchairs. The goal is to facilitate this remapping by developing interfaces between body motions and navigational commands that exploit the degrees of freedom that disabled individuals are most capable to coordinate. The main novelty of this approach lies in substituting the joystick of the wheelchair with a wearable shirt.... Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1202 Read more... Taming a Billion-eyed Beast: Understanding Human Behavior from Social Cameras Mon, 10/07/2013 - 12:00
It is estimated that there are well over a billion camera-enabled phones in the world. These cameras record our social experiences, such as birthday celebrations, weddings, sports games, political rallies, vacations, and so on. Collectively, this billion-eyed system---the Social Panopticon--captures the social space of the human species at an unprecedented scale and at an unprecedented resolution.... Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1202 Read more... Affective Computing Mon, 09/09/2013 - 12:00
Affective Computing is a multidisciplinary research field at the cross section of many sciences such as computer science, engineering, neuroscience, psychology and emotion research areas. It aims at giving computers a human like emotional intelligence, and aspires to narrow the communication gap between the highly emotional human and the challenged computer. Recent advancements in computer processing power coupled with advancements in sensor technologies made it possible to collect and process vast information about users’ affective states.... Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1202 Read more... 15-122: The Actual Story Mon, 04/22/2013 - 12:00
I provide a personal account of the history and main design decisions in the development of the course 15-122 Principles of Imperative Computation. The first pilot was taught in Fall 2010, and it is now a central part in the freshmen curriculum for Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I will also speculate on some alternatives and potential future developments of this course and surrounding infrastructure.
There is a raging argument in the world over how Internet access should be priced and controlled. The players have often used emotional words to describe the issues. Rarely does debate focus on understanding the implications of proposed directions on future technologies and services that might be offered.
- Future directions in networking and computers.
- Impact that networking has had on the world from both a technical and societal view.
- Current chaos on the Internet e.g. spam and other nasty pests and what can be done.