Monday, December 29, 2014

A Short Review of 2014 on Nuit Blanche: On Compressive Sensing, Machine Learning, Advanced Matrix Factorization and many beautiful things.

2014 was an exceptional year! One that seemed focused on exploration.

First and foremost, in order to get a real sense of what was accomplished you probably need to read the last 12 Nuit Blanche Monthly Reviews.

The most important event of the year, is in my view the release of two genome sequencers that enable nearly any polynomial time algorithms to perform sequence alignment (Sunday Morning Insight: Crossing into P territory). It is quite simply a momentous event. In terms of data and algorithm most think of it as a faraway mountain range that will eventually need to be explored and studied. It's the opposite, think of it as the wave on Miller. Which is why one of the most fascinating video of the year was that of Craig Venter entitled Life at the Speed of Light. More on that later.

In terms of physical exploration, Philae landed on a comet, but one of the image I saw on my twitter feed this year provided me with the equivalent of what Nature does: Bacteriophage

The human made robot bumped three times to eventually land on the comet (we also lost it) but in Nature, do Bacteriophages have similar issues ? I'd love to know more about what we know about the  bacteriophage navigation algorithm!

Anyway, several trends could be witessed from a few of the 536 entries of 2014. Let me note the arrival of a few Machine Learning subjects as there seems to be a convergence between some supervised learning and compressive sensing (and my involvement as a co-organizer of one of the largest Machine Learning meetup).Without further ado, here is my biased take, we witnessed:

Personally, I also got back into publishing mode. Our paper also resulted in a few blog entries:
I also did an open review (... There will be a "before" and "after" this paper ...) and did a poster presentation at JIONC on the connection between Direct Imaging to Machine Learning. I also provided some tips on Organizing Meetups and got Nuit Blanche featured on La Recherche of February.

Some additional stats can be found in:

- Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.
- "PhageExterior" by Adenosine - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
-  ESA / Wikipedia
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