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5 years ago
The Maker Faire 2014 is about to happen this weekend at the New York Hall of Science. If you have not heard about it, it is the largest event that brings together the maker community, DIYers, geeks, hackers, cosplayers, sci-fi fictionists and more. They come as a team and individuals to show what they can make from sound installations, interactive art pieces, experimental electronics, internet of things to rube goldberg machines — CRAZY. As part of the MFA Design and Tech grads from Parsons, I'm exhibiting my interactive sculpture piece ...
Hi everyone! As you may have heard, from Sept. 6 - Oct. 3 the historic Lilac Museum Steamship will be host to a Floating Library! That's right--a steamship that's been transformed into a library! This pop-up space is free and open to the public, the only stipulation is that visitors power down their mobile devices before boarding to "encourage visitors to be more engaged with their surroundings."
Hey everyone! METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) announced that Code4LibNYC is hosting an event for anyone interested in libraries, coding, and systems/web services! The event is on Wed, Sep. 10, 2014 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm and Eric Glass, a GIS/Metadata Librarian from Columbia, will be discussing topics like geospatial data repositories, ebooks platforms created in Python and Django, social media integration in web development, and more! It's a great op...
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Hi Friends, This Tuesday evening, Spring Lab students at Reel Works will premiere their films at Paley Center For Media. Their films are a fruit of 21-week creative and hard work. Presenting their final work after months of laughters and tears will be an emotional moment to all. I was a mentor in this Spring Lab. I got to see what an amazing community Reel Works is and the extremely committed educators and talented students, most of whom are underserved. Once they get the opportunity to grow, they blossom. Here are some fo...
Professor Daniel Fallman is giving a talk tomorrow called "Designing Interactions Beyond Desktop and Mobile." He's done some neat work in HCI, and it should have some good ideas (particularly around methodology) for our work. Details and abstract are below. When: 1:30pm, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Where: 620 Schapiro CEPSR, Columbia University Host: Columbia Vision and Graphics Center Abstract The next great frontier in Interaction Design and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is the move beyond the screens of our lap...
For anyone interested in developing their presentation skills, the Dean's Office across the street is holding a session of 'Own the Room' tomorrow. I'm sure you'll learn a lot of other cool business-ey phrases as well. Details below: Date: Friday, April 4th Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Davis Auditorium Are you prepping for interviews? Presenting your research at conferences, or giving a talk to colleagues? Launching a start-up and need to perfect your elevator pitch? Then "Own the Room" is for you! This is a great opportunity for both students and faculty to hone your publ...
6 years ago
Last Friday (11/22) I had an opportunity to present at 2013 National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) conference on learning global issues through serious games at St. Louis, MO and would like to share some materials from my presentation with the lab. The hour-long presentation went well (from the perspective that I didn't get nervous during the presentation and things went as planned for the most part), and I was glad that there were about 40 social studies educators who made it to the first morning session and made the huge conference room less empty. Since the major theoretical views ground...
Inderjeet Mani, Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs, is giving what's bound to be a really neat NLP talk on Monday. Details and abstract below: Date: Monday, September 16th Time: 2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Location: Room 750 Schapiro CEPSR, Interschool Lab Abstract: Recent developments, including the launch of Summly and its acquisition and integration by Yahoo, have raised expectations for the commercial prospects for automatic summarization. However, to address these expectations, there are several challenges that are relatively new to summ...
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This morning, Brian S. and I had the opportunity to attend the How to Do Business with the NYC Department of Education event at the Columbia Business School. Led by Tiwana Barnes from the Office of Equal Opportunity department of the NYC Department of Education (DOE), this workshop discussed ways in how you can market your small business to the DOE and how to become a vendor. One thing that Ms. Barnes kept stressing was how important ...
One of the very interesting sessions at the recent Fluent Conference was the one given by Irene Ros, which was about d3.chart, an upgrade of the powerful charting tool, d3.js. d3.js has proved successful by its efficient manipulation of documents based on data. This avoids proprietary representation and affords extraordinary flexibility, and exposing the full capabilities of web standards such as CSS3, HTML5 and SVG. In simpler words, all the chart elements created by d3.js are transparent to users and are directly customizable. Users don't need to learn particular API names to control the charts they draw. Instead, they just use the normal JS or JQuery selector syntaxes to locate their charts and style them up. It also supports dynamic value assigning which means users give a function instead of a static value in configuring a certain chart property. A typical example is like this d3.selectAll("p") .data([4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42]) .style("font-size", function(d) { return d + "px"; });