Tracks : language is overrated

  1. Cliché Intro — Prefuse 73
  2. Nanorobot Tune — Tomas Dvorak, Machinarium Soundtrack
  3. Endorphin — Burial
  4. Missionary Ridge — William Tyler
  5. Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho — Medeski, Martin & Wood
  6. Soutoukou — Mamadou Diabate
  7. Rustem — Taraf de Haidouks
  8. Snowden’s Jig — Carolina Chocolate Drops
  9. Hashmal — Masada
  10. Captain Hook — Mar Caribe
  11. Black Unstoppable — Nicole Mitchell
  12. Stop Time — Horace Silver
  13. Pickin’ Up The Cabbage — Cab Calloway
  14. Smedley’s Melody — Squarepusher
  15. Baraat To Nowhere — Red Baraat
  16. Lou courut — Véronique Gens w/Orchestre National de
  17. Lille-Région Nord
  18. Saudade Dada — Arrigo Barnabé
  19. Watermelon Man — Mongo Santamaria
  20. Greensleeves — Matthew Shipp
  21. Clapping Music — Steve Reich/The Sixteen
  22. music for morning people — Kid Koala

Allerton 2012 : Karl J. Åström’s Jubilee Lecture

It’s the fall again, and this year it is the 50th anniversary of the Allerton Conference. Tonight was a special Golden Jubilee lecture by Karl Johan Åström from the Lund University. He gave an engaging view of the pre-history, history, present, and future of control systems. Control is a “hidden technology” he said — it’s everywhere and is what makes all the technology that we use work, but remains largely unknown and unnoticed except during catastrophic failures. He exhorted the young’uns to do a better job at letting people know how important control systems are in everyday life.

The main message of Åström’s talk is that control theory and control practice need to get back together so that we can develop new control theories for emerging areas, including biology and physics. He called this the “holistic” view and pointed out that it really emerged out of the war effort during WWII, when control systems had to be developed for all sorts of military tasks. This got the mathematicians in the same room as the “real” engineers, and led to a lot of new theory. I guess I had always known that was a big driver, but I guess I hadn’t thought of how control really was the glue that tied things together.