Bellairs Workshop 2013

I just wanted to write a few words about the workshop at the Bellairs Research Institute. I just returned from sunny Barbados to frigid Chicago, so writing this will help me remember the sunshine and sand:

The beach at Bathsheba on the east coast of Barbados

The beach at Bathsheba on the east coast of Barbados

Mike Rabbat put on a great program this year, and there were lots of talks on a range of topics in machine learning, signal processing, and optimization. The format of the workshop was to have talks with lots of room for questions and discussion. Talks were given out on the balcony where we were staying, and we had to end at about 2:30 because the sunshine would creep into our conference area, baking those of us sitting too far west.

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ITA 2013 : part the third

I think this is the end of my ITA blogging! But there were some issues that came up during the conference that may be of interest to some of the readers of this blog (although from anecdotal reports, there are many people who read but never comment, so I’m not sure what to do to encourage more discussions).

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Postdoc position at EURECOM

(via David Tse)

EURECOM’s Communications Theory Group is looking for a highly qualified postdoctoral researcher in the areas of communications theory, cooperative wireless networks, and cloud-aided radio access. The position is open NOW and is to be filled preferably before summer 2013. The location is European Tech-Park Sophia Antipolis, France. Details follow below or can be found underhttp://www.eurecom.fr/cm/gesbert/recruiting or in the text below. If you are interested please contact immediately Prof. David Gesbert (gesbert@eurecom.fr) with CV+motivation.
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Results on petition for Increasing Public Access to the Results of Scientific Research

I signed a petition to the White House a while ago about increasing public access to government-funded research — if a petition gets 100,000 signatures then they White House will draft a response. Some of the petitions are silly, but generate amusing responses, c.f. This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For on government construction of a Death Star. The old threshold was 60K, which the petition I signed passed. On Friday I got the official response from John Holdren, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The salient bit is this one:
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