March 10th, 2009
Lisa Meeden from Swarthmore College is speaking today at Noon in 325ITE on Creating Curious Robots. We’ll stream the talk at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/umbc-ebiquity-meeting.
Abstract: Applying machine learning to a robotics problem typically requires substantial human oversight to design the learning system, tune the parameters, define the task, determine the input and output representations, and create the training data set. In contrast, biological organisms are able to learn autonomously from unlabeled data in an open-ended fashion. Developmental robotics is an emerging field that strives to build better robots by applying insights from biological developmental processes. In this talk I will review several recent approaches from developmental robotics that use prediction to generate teaching signals. This results in a task-independent kind of learning in which the robot focuses on novel stimuli.
March 7th, 2009
Congratulations to three time UMBC alumnus Jim Clements who was named as the 23rd president of West Virginia University yesterday. Jim received three degrees from UMBC: a BS in Computer Science (1985) and both an MS and PhD in Information Systems (1993). He joined the Towson University Computer and Information Science Department 1989 and later served as its chair. He has served as Towson’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2002.
March 6th, 2009
The common observation that correlation does not imply causation is a cold and cruel idea that knows no mercy.
March 3rd, 2009
In this week’s ebiquity meeting (10:00am 4 March in ITE 325) Palanivel Kodeswaran will talk about his dissertation “Implementing application and network adaptations in a declarative framework”. Here’s the abstract for his talk.
Managing today’s complex networks while still ensuring that certain high level goals are met is proving to be a complicated process. There is a growing need to separate the high level goals/policies from the low level mechanisms that implement the various services. In this talk, I will present our ongoing work in developing a declarative framework for enforcing high level policies in networks. One of the key goals of our framework is to enable applications to expose their semantics, thereby allowing the underlying network to exploit the semantics and provide better-than-best-effort service where possible. We will then see how our framework can be used in adaptive applications where both the application and the network can adapt simultaneously in response to changing network conditions.
The presentation will be streamed live via ustream.tv.