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Nanoman Begins, and local research news in AI and bioinformatics

Here goes! Whee!

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741 / 50,000
(50,200 +) (1.5%)

741 words on Book 2. None too impressive so far, is it?

Today we had a network outage for the entire work day, from 08:00 or so to after 17:00. Apparently an air conditioning unit failed, leading to some overheating in a machine room that tripped a breaker in the basement, which in turn took down some switches and a firewall server. The end result was that we could connect to machines outside the department until someone from central Computing and Network Services fixed it. Details are to follow when I find out more.

tmehlinger and thekuffs seem to be going full steamish on massforge. Late this evening I got mail from dextertech saying he posted some new stuff, and indeed, it looks interesting.

Sanjoy Das and I had a talk about massforge and about some dynamic programming applications to inference (particularly value and policy iteration solutions to decision problems) and learning (particularly MDPs), graphical models, dynamic real-time search, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM).

The penultimate grad council meeting of the fall went swimmingly. masaga and pvntejawi: if you're reading this, the 2006 Grad Research Forum and Topeka Capital Research Forum will be announced online next week. There is a nominal amount of prize book money, and students will have the chance to go and present oral talks at a CS/Math/Physics forum session or a poster about their research. Please spread the word.

Today I had a biology faculty member ask for a bioinformatics algorithms course that did not require a first programming course. Now, I could understand this if it literally meant first programming course as opposed to first CS course, but no, the faculty member meant CS. As you might expect, this did not wash with the department head, and as I told my colleague, it just doesn't work that way.

That raises an interesting question for all you computational biology types, though: how much programming do you think someone has to have to understand protein folding codes, OpenRasMol, BLAST, etc.? Suppose for the sake of argument that the idea is to know "just" how to run such software and interpret the results. I have my opinions, but I'd like to hear yours first.

Tags: bioinformatics, computational science and engineering, computer science, education, graduate education, nanowrimo, nanowrimo 2005

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