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Cambridge Workshop

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So, I was in Cambridge, attending the workshop “Frontiers in Computational Reasoning” at Microsoft Research. Too bad I couldn’t find the battery cable for my camera, so only a few, low quality pictures

It was quite an interesting workshop, as it brought together many researchers who reason about programs in different ways. The most interesting talk (beside the first one from Byron Cook) was the last talk about “On Reasoning and Intelligent Behaviour”. It questioned whether the approach we use these days to make computers “intelligent” is the best way and how its different from what early AI reseachers in the 60ies thought AI going to be. Basically, now a days, all successful applications are using very primitive techniques plus a lot of data. Google can provide you with accurate answers, not because it’s smart, but because it’s backed up by billions of data entries it can run statistics on.
Modern machine translation is able to translate Chinese into English without understanding either of the languages, purely driven by lots of training data and statistics over it. This is however (probably) not how humans reason about their environment. One member of the audience however pointed out that it’s a very naive idea to try to build artificial intelligent after a model of how humans are thought to think. Mostly, because we don’t know ourself how our brains work.


Being at Microsoft Research itself was interesting too. Every participant got his/her (although I counted a total count of 1 woman besides the catering girls, strange!) own wifi login and a complex password with expiry date, that’s how access control should be :). I had an ms visitor batch hosted by Tony Hoare, which was nice.

Then I was visiting Cambridge .. and to my surprise, I enjoyed it! Even worse, I realised how very stressful London can be at times. Cambridge was quite peaceful, slow and I can imagine how people can perform well in such an environment. And with five trains an hour to London (50mins) it’s not too far away from Mayhem either.

That’s how it looks like when you go into a sports shop. Certainly not what you would see in a Swiss shop:


On the way home, close to Liverpool street:



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March 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm

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Das Gym ist nun endlich fertig und seit einigen Wochen in Betrieb. Ziemlich gross und modern fuer eine Uni. Das beste ist, dass es nicht sehr viel Betrieb hat, speziell an Wochenenden. Praktisch ein privates Gym 🙂

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October 26, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Posted in german, QMUL


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Mal wieder einen Eintrag auf Deutsch. Es ist erstaunlich wie schnell es hier von “Sommer” zu Herbst wechselt.

Das Semester hat wieder begonnen. Die neuen Masterstudenten sind hier; schon das zweite Jahr nach mir!
Letzte Woche hab ich ein Paper fuer Fossacs09 abgeschickt. Spannend was die Reviewers davon halten werden :). Ich werde jedoch erst im Dezember feedback erhalten.

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October 13, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Posted in german, London, QMUL, UK

Say “London”

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Ever since I arrived here I noticed something funny. The way people pronounce “London”. It’s certainly not how we german-speakers say London with two strongly pronounced O’s. Now, after careful considerations and listening to many hours of BBC I found a trick how german natives can pronounce it the right way. Here’s the trick:

Think of a guy from a rural Zuerich area who’s trying to say the following in proper German with his strong Swiss accent: “Sie koennen hier aber leider noed landen“. Now the italics landen is exactly how to pronounce London correctly.

Well done!

Written by jk

August 8, 2008 at 10:00 am

Posted in english, german, London, UK

Massive Attack!

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Am Sonntag ging ich an das Meltdown Festival beim Southbank Centre an der Thames. Bei diesem Festival wird jedes Jahr eine Band als “artistic director” ausgewaehlt, und diese kann dann das gesamte Lineup bestimmen. Dieses Jahr war Massive Attack an der Reihe. Ich sah jedoch nur den Auftritt von Massive Attack und keine anderen Acts. Sie lieferten eine fantastische Show mit einem interessanten Display im Hintergrund. Zuerst dachte man es sei nur eine Art Lampe, mehr und mehr entpumpte diese sich jedoch als hochaufloesender Display.

Hier ein Clip, welcher warscheinlich nicht dieselbe Stimmung rueber bringt (ich habe hier keinen Ton, deshalb kann ichs nicht sagen):

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June 25, 2008 at 10:26 am

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Diese Woche sieht so aus:

  • Morgen Geburtstag 🙂
  • Morgen ein Seminar an City Uni von Sabelfeld, einem Forscher aus Chalmers. Chalmers gehoerte zu den Unis, bei welchen ich mich fuer den Master beworben habe. Ende 2005 habe ich dafuer Goeteborg und Chalmers besucht… jedoch kam es nicht zum “jonny goes to sweden” und das ist auch gut so 😉
  • Freitag Abend (sehr) kurzen Abstecher nach Basel vom City Airport..

Written by jk

May 19, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Posted in Basel, german, London, QMUL, Travel

Google Maps + Panoramio

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Google Maps enthalten jetzt geo-tagged Bilder von Panoramio. Hier ein Blick auf Basel! Zoom in.

Written by jk

May 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Posted in Basel, german