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MIT Media Lab: Reality Mining

MIT Media Lab: Reality Mining

The Anatomy of a Search Engine Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page {sergey, page} Computer Science Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 Abstract In this paper, we present Google, a prototype of a large-scale search engine which makes heavy use of the structure present in hypertext. 1. (Note: There are two versions of this paper -- a longer full version and a shorter printed version. 1.1 Web Search Engines -- Scaling Up: 1994 - 2000 Search engine technology has had to scale dramatically to keep up with the growth of the web. 1.2. Creating a search engine which scales even to today's web presents many challenges. These tasks are becoming increasingly difficult as the Web grows. 1.3 Design Goals 1.3.1 Improved Search Quality Our main goal is to improve the quality of web search engines. 1.3.2 Academic Search Engine Research Aside from tremendous growth, the Web has also become increasingly commercial over time. 2. 2.1 PageRank: Bringing Order to the Web 2.1.1 Description of PageRank Calculation Vitae

Location Technologies Primer The rise of the mobile device is upon us, even if it’s arriving a little late to the U.S. The reason why mobile devices will become so important – they’ll help us (and our friends, and maybe everyone) know where we are at all times, driving social, advertising and other applications. Being location aware is the single most important feature in a mobile device that otherwise suffers in comparison with desktop and laptop Internet devices – terrible screen size and resolution, poor battery life, slow connectivity and less than satisfying data input choices. But being location aware more than makes up for those limitations. Other types of killer applications will also be built on the back of location aware technologies, and the advertising possibilities are substantial (care to stop by that Starbucks you are diving by for a free latte?). Eric Carr, the VP of Location Technologies at Loopt, is the guy we go to when we have questions about new location technologies. His post is below.

Deb Roy - MIT Media Laboratory Technology Review: Software That Learns from Users The thing that makes computers a huge pain for everybody, says Pedro Domingos, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Washington, is that you have to explain to them every little detail of what they need to do. “It’s really annoying,” Domingos jokes. “They’re stupid.” That’s why Domingos is taking part in CALO, a massive, four-year-old artificial-intelligence project to help computers understand the intentions of their human users. Adam Cheyer, program director of the artificial-intelligence center at SRI, explains that CALO tries to assist users in three ways: by helping them manage information about key people and projects, by understanding and organizing information from meetings, and by learning and automating routine tasks. “It’s an amazingly large thing, and it’s insanely ambitious,” Domingos says.

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Nokia Siemens to Expand Apertio Beyond the HLR Putting the subscriber at the heart of a company’s strategy is a concept with the air of a public relations pitch. But when your job is managing subscriber data, like Apertio’s, the concept earns you 140 million Euros and the chance to expand your business beyond the Home Location Registry. Nokia Siemens Networks’ acquisition of Apertio closed last month and with it closed the book on certain aspects of the merged giant’s IMS portfolio; the company is standardizing on Apertio subscriber databases instead. With it, too, may close the book on the idea of standalone subscriber databases such as the Home Location Registry (HLR) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS). "Technology-wise, Apertio is more open and had advantages in time-to-market. What the NGN needs is databases with open architectures and interfaces that lead the industry not only into HLRs and HSSs, but into new areas of taking advantage of subscriber data, Clever says. So, too, is the competition.

Saxelab Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at MIT About The Open Group: Boundaryless Information Flow through interoperability The Open Group: Leading the development of open, vendor-neutral IT standards and certifications The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through IT standards. With more than 400 member organizations, we have a diverse membership that spans all sectors of the IT community — customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators and consultants, as well as academics and researchers to: Capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, and establish policies and share best practicesFacilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologiesOffer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortiaOperate the industry’s premier certification service The Open Group Vision Boundaryless Information Flow™ achieved through global interoperability in a secure, reliable and timely manner The Open Group Mission Statement

Computer Science 101 UPDATE: we're doing a live, updated MOOC of this course at stanford-online July-2014 (not this Coursera version). See here: CS101 teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. Computers can appear very complicated, but in reality, computers work within just a few, simple patterns. CS101 demystifies and brings those patterns to life, which is useful for anyone using computers today. In CS101, students play and experiment with short bits of "computer code" to bring to life to the power and limitations of computers. Here is another video Nick created for this class.

Location management in GSM In today's digital cellular mobile radio networks, features like power control and handover are related to periodic measurements of level and quality at the mobile ( downlink/forward ) and at the base station ( uplink/reverse ) receiver. The measurements values and corresponding signaling events of all customer's calls in a specific cell under investigation could be observed by the network operator at the protocol interface between base station controller unit. Statistical evaluation of such mass data produced by customer calls and collected at the protocol interface is an important aid to optimize the base station subsystem parameters in an operating network. The almost only drawback is that there is no exact information available about the position of the mobile. From all these observations, location management plays an important role in GSM mobile system. Location management schemes are essentially based on users' mobility and incoming call rate characteristics. · Several VLRs.

MIT World | Distributed Intelligence And The Winners Are… — Sunlight Foundation Blog Judging our first Apps for America contest was difficult: 40+ solid, open source applications that solidly moved the ball forward in terms of opening government and providing new methods of communicating to our legislative branch. The entries ranged from highly technical Bayesian prediction tools like Words Vote, to the super simple and super useful GovPix. Every entry presented was open source and and amazing commitment on behalf of the development community to open their government. But we can't. Scoring was done with our own judging application-- if you could call it that. First Place for $15,000 Filibusted: "Hold senators accountable for blocking legislation." Second Place for $5,000 Legistalker: "The latest online activity of Congress Members." Third Place for $1,000 (4) Hello Congress Know Thy Congressman Yeas & Nays e-PaperTrail Honorable Mentions for $100 (10) RepresentedByCapital CallsiLegislatorTweetCongressCongress BillsLocalPolitics.inWords Vote.ExpendicusCall CongressHear Me Say This