3 years ago
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...
3 years ago
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...
Michael Erard has a few suggestions for improve the commenting environment online. The first two, user-driven moderating and sentiment analysis, are things we've discussed quite a bit (the first one being quite ubiquitous on the web), but the latter two, connoisseurship and searchability, are fairly new territories for us. Variations on these ideas could work well in the context of both Vialogues and mSchool.
4 years ago
A great read on building a company. In the end, however, it's a little sad that he never solved the bike hut's problem.
Sharon, Hui Soo, and I have been doing some thinking around our methods of data analysis. One of our biggest issues involves being unable to scale the labeling of data (e.g. this is a good discussion). To alleviate this problem we've started to look into semi-supervised learning techniques, where we use some small subset of labeled data, human-coded in our case, to infer information about the unlabeled data as well. Below are some resources that I've found helpful in this area:
I came across this piece by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, on the future of the resume and diploma. Most of it echoes a conversation Hui Soo and I had last year about long term plans for mSchool.
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...
4 years ago
I came across this interesting piece from the Harvard Business Review on the invalidating type of MVP, something I haven't thought too much about before. The two most useful takeaways for me: "...invalidating MVPs are only possible when better products can be produced in small batches – making them difficult when product quality depends on scale of use or when low-quality alternatives abound in the market." "...creating a 'better' experience early on is sometimes impossible, particularly when produc...
When people discuss the best CEOs, Jeff Bezos' name is often drowned out by the hymns of Steve Jobs devotees, but Bezos' recent acquisition of The Washington Post has forced everyone to write a little something about him. My favorite piece so far is this one from Michael Moritz, chairman of Sequoia Capital, laying out how Bezos made Amazon outstanding. I've always been impressed by the fact that Amazon's offerings are incredibly diverse (retail, publishing, cloud, etc) and th...
Just wanted to pass along this invitation to the Wall Street Journal Tech Café. I've never been, but it seems like a good place for tech hobnobbing. Details below: The Wall Street Journal Tech Café is a hub for the entrepreneur and tech communities to share ideas and debate how technology and business coexist. Refuel. Coffee, tea and pastries on us! Recharge. Charging stations will keep your devices running. Reconnect. Learn from renowned business leaders, technology experts, the startup community, investors an...