Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs on Vimeo

This is the accompanying video from a paper to be presented at SIGGRAPH ASIA in Hong Kong in December. There will be many more papers presenting the most advanced techniques in computer graphics at the conference. You can still take advantage of the early bird fees when you register for the conference at: http://www.siggraph.org/asia2011/en

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Touchable 3D Character Projected Into a Real Environment #DigInfo – YouTube

Some pretty interesting early results for giving you tactile feedback when interacting with a glasses free 3D interface. You can read the article at the Akihabara News site at http://bit.ly/n3IHiI

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Single molecule is tiniest electric motor ever – tech – 05 September 2011 – New Scientist

Developed at Tufts, this is pretty amazing. A 1 nanometer electric motor. They are going for a world’s record with this.

Diagram From New Scientist

Single molecule is tiniest electric motor ever – tech – 05 September 2011 – New Scientist.

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Quantum optical link sets new time records

This research from the Neils Bohr Institute could provide the basis for secure quantum theory based communications. By maintaining two atomic systems in a state of entanglement for up to an hour, it opens the door to practical applications leading to highly secure communications.

Quantum optical link sets new time records.

ScienceDaily (Aug. 19, 2011) — Quantum communication could be an option for the absolutely secure transfer of data. The key component in quantum communication over long distances is the special phenomenon called entanglement between two atomic systems. Entanglement between two atomic systems is very fragile and up until now researchers have only been able to maintain the entanglement for a fraction of a second. But in new experiments at the Niels Bohr Institute researchers have succeeded in setting new records and maintaining the entanglement for up to an hour.

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‪A robot that flies like a bird‬‏ – YouTube

One last TED talk for today. This is a stunning TED talk about the robot bird developed at Fasto. Seeing it fly over the heads of TED attendees is stunning.

‪A robot that flies like a bird‬‏ – YouTube.

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‪Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world‬‏ – YouTube

This is a great TED talk about the importance of algorithms in the today’s world.

‪Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our- YouTube.

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‪Students Create ‘JediBot’‬‏ – YouTube

I came across this video today while testing code for a project that I am currently working on. I wish that my computing classes had been as much fun 30 years ago when I was working on my thesis. That said, I did get to work on a 3 dimensional measuring machine intended to validate the specs of  motors for Renault. I quickly learned the difference between computing and physics when we realized in the early trials of our software that not taking inertia into account when controlling the displacements of a ten ton machine was a big mistake…

You can read more about the Stanford projects at the following link:
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/july/robot-class-projects-070511.html

Students Create ‘JediBot’‬‏ – YouTube.

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Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations | Video on TED.com

I just watched this TED talk about the mathematical models used to describe the growth of cities, organisms and companies. It got me thinking about the implications in our field, specifically when it comes to the need for an increased rate of innovation if we want to continue growing our cities at our current accelerating pace so that they don’t collapse.

Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations | Video on TED.com.

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71% of new jobs in engineering are predicted to be in computing

There is a great post over at Calvin College concerning the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ predictions for job creations in the US for the period ranging from 2008 through 2018. There are several interesting tidbits in this article:

  • There are predicted to be significantly more jobs created in both Software Engineering and in Computer Networking than in the sum of all traditional engineering fields.
  • Almost 2/3 of all engineering jobs created are expected to be related to computing

That’s a very healthy sign for our field. One disturbing aspect that the article points out is that despite the clear career potential in computing, there aren’t enough bachelor level students in computing being trained in the US to fill the job openings.

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Welcome to the president’s blog!

As part of what I intend to do as ACM president, I will be posting to this blog on a regular basis. You can expect to see elements of what I find interesting out on the web as well as details of what we will be doing to enhance the acm.org web presence.

Having done most of my career in computer graphics and interactive techniques, I expect that many of my posts will deal with topics relating to those fields. But those won’t be the only topics that I’ll be covering. I’m also pssionate about web services, social networking and cloud computing. Those subjects will also get covered here.

Let’s kick off this blog with a video that moved me when I first saw it as it reminded me of why I moved to computer graphics very early on in my career. I had the opportunity to work with some very gifted student artists from the Arts et Technologies de l’Image program at Paris VIII University who needed access to a VAX that I was working with. Discovering what they could do with computers as an expressive medium completely changed my perspective on what computers could and should be used for. The video below shows what an artist can do with a new computing tool: the iPad in this case, and helps us see just how broad the impact of computing is today.

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