Friday, June 23, 2006

awards for students

you may now officially start holding your breath!
the official start of the first ever ISD Graduate Student Research Symposium is here!
lots of awards -- everyone will benefit from participating!
Details at

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

More Advice on Quals

I'm presenting my Quals on Friday. Anyone have any last-minute advice? (both for me, and for posterity?)

I've been dumping my knowledge/experience into the wiki: AIGrads:AdviceOnQuals.

Feel free to comment here or edit the page with your experiences!

Friday, June 16, 2006

World Cup and AI

So I found this article about 2 students who use AI to predict all of the winners at different stages of the wolrd cup. It's here.

Unfortunately, they don't really talk about the AI other than that it's driven by historical statistics. Also, how hard is it to predict Brazil as the winner?? :)

The best quote is clearly, "Based on statistical analysis, artificial intelligence believes that the host country will lose to the Netherlands in the quaterfinals." This makes it sound like there is some machine named "artificial intelligence" who has its own beliefs about the world cup! Strong AI indeed!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Random Comment about Life as AI-grads dictator

Random Comments about Life in II Group This Week

This week has been cool because we have been following the FIFA world cup in our office. All of us watch games on our computers and just have a blast making comments regardless of which team is playing. We even watched one game on the projector with few fellow students and that was great as well.

The life at ISI in last couple months has been better as the students who organize and attend events have got closer (not that kind of closer Martin). We have have had some lively conversations about random things and that has been good.

In terms of frustrations/bad things, we all have been hoping that more people will participate and of course it would be nicer if I ever end up with positive score in BZFlag :).