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Many Meetings

Today was the third day of our site visit from our project sponsors at AIdentity Matrix Medical, Surya Ramachandran and Dr. Harold Sun. Surya, Harold, and I (all UIUC veterans) spent the morning discussing the XML schema for our R&D project.

Present were our team members:



We had lunch at the Bluemont Room and snapped some photos.

Then I went to first half of the the practice thesis defense (1350 - 1420) for one of my M.S. students, Vinod Chandana.
Vinod's real defense (for a thesis on parallel genetic programming) will occur on Tue 09 Dec 2003.

Another M.S. student of mine, Siddharth Chandak, will defend first, on Mon 08 Dec 2003.
Siddharth has written a thesis on improving Bayesian network inference. He is using adaptive importance sampling to improve the convergence rate of bounded cutset conditioning.

After Vinod's practice defense, I went to a Ph.D. oral exam (1435 - 1545) for Judong Shen, on whose committee I serve. Judong is working on kernel methods - specifically, supervised concept learning and regression with support vector machines (SVM).

Finally, I attended the last Graduate Council meeting of the semester (1600 - 1700). Whew!

Next semester's grad student group: Chris Zhong, Julie A. Thornton (affiliate), Edwin Rodríguez (affiliate), Ann Pattaracharivanon, Scott Harmon, Roby Joehanes.

Hokay, I'm orf!
I'll be heading out for Ames, IA at 0900 tomorrow morning, to give the CS colloquium at Iowa State on Thu 04 Dec 2003.
If all goes well, I'll be back before CIS 732 on Fri 05 Dec 2003.
I'm bringing both of my digicams (but only Numerramar this time), and will psot another pictorial travellogue, but probably not as detailed as my last one. :-)

--
Banazîr

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 3rd, 2003 10:09 am (UTC)
Don't be angry wiw moi, pleez
Here's what. I read your LJ as often as I can, that is, I try to keep up with it on a daily basis. Now, how 'in touch' with my life and whatnot (srroz, I know the Count hates this wrod) if my entries looked like:

"Today we [Prof K.], [Prof B.], [Prof S., etc] had a meeting on the OT symposium. Prof K. will lecture first, at 12:20, about the influence of JPGio on some 17th ct. RPVSTs, after which B. will take up with an analysis of the ToJ in [this village] and [that village]. Then I come in with the results of the mid 16th ct. OTs in Slo and Cro after the UP editions after AD and LCJr. Gosh, it's going to be a traskelozzi rxpvt! [link] [link]. And now, here are the results of some Quizilla quizzes."

Bill, my friend! You who read so much and know so many things! Get a bit of poetry in there! More of the family stories, the paintings by your Gran, your impressions and things.... sure, this 'official' kind of reports is good if you only want to be read by your students, but, well, since you quote andrewwyld often, y knot post like he does? Stuff anyone, or everyone can relate to in some way? Frankly, to connect to the Alameme you recently posted, I won't feel I'm getting to know you any better through Quizilla results. They're lal fnu, but... more _you_, please!

Bear HUGZ,
Hax
banazir
Dec. 3rd, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't be angry wiw moi, pleez
Don't be angry wiw moi, pleez
As if aye would!

Bill, my friend! You who read so much and know so many things! Get a bit of poetry in there! More of the family stories, the paintings by your Gran, your impressions and things.... sure, this 'official' kind of reports is good if you only want to be read by your students, but, well, since you quote andrewwyld often, y knot post like he does?
Wlel, p6int well taken.
However: My LJ serves several porpoises... (birds, beasts)

1. As a chronicle - a place to stash interesting links (a meta-Wiki, if you will)

2. As a meme broadcaster - see lal the "snarfed/gakked/lefted/nicked from" attributions? It's knot a contest, I just enyoj the sharing and (frankly) I even like the oublicity.

3. As a self-revelation - this is wot I think you mean

4. As a waz to mark time - yeah, this too, when I have nuffink better to saz. I just need a waz to memind myelf that a daz has passed, other than scribbling dwon my dreams or praying or psotting to TEUNC or giving a lecutre, yernow?

Frankly, to connect to the Alameme you recently posted, I won't feel I'm getting to know you any better through Quizilla results. They're lal fnu, but... more _you_, please!
Oh, sure. Thanks fro the vote of confidence taht my life is worth reading aboat.
See #2 above, tho.

--
Banazir
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