An updated version of “Using Fractal Dimension to Assess Robot Operator Search Skill” will appear in a forthcoming issue of Intelligent and Robotic Systems. This lengthier article has a very thorough discussion of my RTFPA algorithm and a preliminary comparison of RTFPA to other fractal path analysis algorithms.
Finally getting back into R/C. Decided to fix the heli at work and picked up this Radian too. I’ll be adding lights soon.
This was taken the other after Alex had his favorite ice cream (chocolate coconut) in his favorite chair (swing).
I’ve started working on a new project to identify hotspots in some of data from one of the projects I’m working on. (Specific details to come later). In any case, I was inspired by the “Earth at Night” photos and some network traffic visualizations (I like the “hot spots” look) and whipped up a Java app this weekend to do something similar.
Emma, Alex’s ISR instructor this year, made a video showing his swimming skills. He’s officially a swimmer now!
Just got back from ISG 2010 (Gerontechnology) in Vancouver. The conference was OK, I was surprised that there weren’t more talks on work that has been accomplished. A lot of talks were either very abstract and only semi related to the topic or were about planned work. In any case, Vancouver was awesome! It’s one of the few places I’ve visited where I think I’d enjoy living. Jamie and Alex went with me and we explored the city for a few days before and after the conference.
We went to Sun-n-Fun today. Had an awesome time. Alex was definitely more into it this year. Although the bombs and the F-18 still scared him, although it was more of a boom-cry-wow cycle.
Well. A lot has happened since January. We were awarded $3M at work to create a “smarter living space” in the Polytrauma Transitional Rehab Program facility at the hospital. Our 2nd son is on the way, due in August. Alex is back in swimming lessons and should be an independent swimmer by the end of the summer. Yesterday we did an airbag test in a rigged car with a crash test dummy and a high speed camera. That was cool. To test our setup we punched, clubbed, and hammered the dummy the day before. I’ll post video of that sometime soon.
Well, it’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been busy at work being a “Mad Scientist (TM)” and the Internet connection at the VA doesn’t work so well. So I’m finally getting a chance to update things at home (Alex keeps us busy). I’ve updated my About, Research, and Publications pages and added a new video of Alex reading. I finally tried a Kindle. I like the eBook concept and the eInk screen, but the Kindle 2 was too small for reading PDFs, so I sent it back and will either get a Kindle DX or a Plastic Logic QUE depending on availability of the QUE. We’re going to buy a few Apple tablets at work, but I don’t think that will be a good eReader solution unless Apple surprises everyone with some new display technology. I’ll post an update on Thursday when I find out about the QUE (announcement at CES). I’m hoping they’ll be available immediately at B&N.