February 28th, 2008
I think our nervous systems must be wired up a bit strangely.
February 24th, 2008
The call for ISWC 2008 posters and demos for the the Seventh International Semantic Web Conference is out. The poster/demo session is an opportunity for presenting late-breaking results, ongoing research projects, and speculative or innovative work in progress. Posters and demos are intended to provide authors and participants with the ability to connect with each other and to engage in discussions about the work. Technical posters, reports on Semantic Web software systems, descriptions of completed work, and work in progress are all welcome.
I’ve always found the ISWC poster and demo session to be very stimulating and, in many ways, much more interesting than the regular paper presentation sections. Plus there is lots of food and drink available.
Submissions are due by 25 July 2008. For further information and for any questions regarding the event or submissions, contact the ISWC 2008 posters and demonstration co-chairs, Chris Bizer and Anupam Joshi.
February 23rd, 2008
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics releases regular projections for changes in demands for different job categories. The Computing Research Association’s blog compares the changes in the BLS predictions for professional-level IT positons and speculated on the factors involved.
While the projected growth is slowing, the actual number of predicted new jobs has gone up in the latest report. Jay Vesco of the CRA comments:
“It would be easy to see the series of lowered growth projections as signs of trouble within the IT workforce. But there are two other factors to consider: (1) in the 2006-2016 report, expectations for growth lowered also for the overall workforce, and (2) it probably has taken some time for the BLS to assess a relatively new group of occupations that is evolving rapidly (as seen also in the swings in computer science degree production). All in all, in each of its reports BLS predicted that the professional level IT occupations would enjoy high salaries and more than twice the growth rate of the overall workforce.”
Choosing a career in the IT field still looks like a good choice.
February 22nd, 2008
Sandia and Oak Ridge national laboratories have established the Institute for Advanced Architectures to work toward computers that are a million times faster than todays supercomputers.
“An exaflop is a thousand times faster than a petaflop, itself a thousand times faster than a teraflop. Teraflop computers â€”the first was developed 10 years ago at Sandia â€” currently are the state of the art. They do trillions of calculations a second. Exaflop computers would perform a million trillion calculations per second.” (link)
Initial funding of $7.4M is provided by congressional mandate from the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energyâ€™s Office of Science.
February 20th, 2008
The 2008 Intternational Semantic Web Conference Doctoral Consortium (DC) allows PhD students to present their work and obtain guidance from mentors as well as interact with other postgraduate students. Students who submit papers to the main conference are also invited to apply to the DC. All papers submitted to the DC track will undergo a thorough reviewing process with a view to providing detailed and constructive feedback. The best submissions will be selected for presentation at the ISWC 2008 DC sessions. Five page papers will be published in the main ISWC proceedings. The deadline for submissions is May 16. The ISWC 2008 DC is chaired by Diana Maynard.
February 19th, 2008
A total lunar eclipse will be visible from the US this Wednesday evening, February 20th with the maximal effect at 10:26pm EST. The eclipse will be visible from North and South America, and western Europe and Africa.
(image courtesy of NASA GSFC)