June 2009

New adverbs were coined today by Tsachy Weissman: Wyner-Zivly, Slepian-Wolfly, and Gel’fand-Pinskerly. Good ways to describe your complicated coding schemes…

I’m at ISIT 2009 now at the COEX Center. Korea is pretty good so far (pictures to be posted later). The conference started today with a plenary by Rich Baraniuk, who talked about compressed sensing. I’d seen parts of the talk before, but it’s always nice to hear Rich speak because he’s so passionate about how cool the thing is.

I’ll try to blog about talks that I saw that were interesting as time permits — this time I’ll try to reduce the delay between talks and posts!

Michael Bérubé has a nice post on academic freedom up at CT.

I’m going to spend all of Friday at the NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision Awards in Washington DC. Twelve years ago I was on the winning team (with my friends Ranjit and Asad). The NSTA and Toshiba were kind enough to ask me if I wanted to come this year to meet the winners and say a few words at the awards banquet in the evening. As luck would have it, my high school fielded a team whose project took first place this year, so I’ll get to see my team’s coach and Biology teacher David Stone. I’m very excited and I’m sure the whole day will be a blast!

Fa la la-la-la-la, fa la la-la laaaaaa!

HT to the Yeti.


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