Thursday, August 18, 2011

Forget the ring, where is "my precious discussion" ?

Having a good discussion is really a hit and miss process and so I understand why people want to optimize for that. A good many folks are trying to conjecture what is the best way to have these well sought interesting conversations with new tools such as Google Plus and so forth. As far as I am concerned, a good discussion is just that, it happens in some serendipitous way, no matter how well it was organized in the first place. You have had this feeling before, you go to a conference to meet that one particular person and then find out he is a bore but then as you go along, you connected in some other and unexpected ways with others. This idea that we should have only one place to find out who is in the right circle is somehow misleading because this is not how the process goes. About a year ago, I asked who the 1000th member of the compressive sensing study group on LinkedIn would be. Well, we now have an answer. What is most important however is that I noticed that discussions on the group have been of higher quality lately. The group is not open, you have to be part of it to participate in the discussions but here are some interesting discussions that went on recently:
Thanks to Thomas Arildsen, R. H. Sri Hari, Ravi Kiran B., and Alejandro Weinstein for helping out in managing the group.

Obviously, the blog provides a way to enable that precious discussion off-line as well as noted by Hyrum Anderson about this entry on Greg Charvat's class I featured and announced earlier:

Hi Igor,
I'm the nuit-blanche reader that Greg Charvat referenced...and whose coffee-can SAR image of Kresge Auditorium you posted today on your blog.
A plug for Greg and his course: I would encourage your readers (radar folks or not) to look into any future course offerings that Greg teaches.  The class is quite intense, but Greg has contagious despite the diverse skillset of students, everyone was able to make their own coffee-can radar capable of SAR imaging.
My next step is to put together some algorithms and collect my own sparse dataset to "build your own compressive sensing coffee-can SAR".
Thanks for the blog!
-Hyrum Anderson

For those of you interested, besides starting a discussion in the comment section of this blog, I am also on Twitter and Google +. If you are having a hangout of sorts related to CS, let me know.

Credit: NASA, Chicago from the international space station, photo taken by Ron Garan.

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