Archive for the ‘Work’ Category

Shooting Timo’s Minicooper

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

On Sunday we used the calm roads during the football game to shoot a couple of pictures of Timo’s Minicooper. A selection of my favorites is online on Picasa (link below).

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Ph.D. thesis template

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

I spent quite some time finding and adapting a LaTeX template for my Ph.D. thesis. My template is based on a class file that was developed over several years by a number of people. Thus, I am far from claiming that this is exclusively my own work. However, I added some details and a brief documentation that  might be worth sharing.

This is what the final document might look like: thesis-template.pdf

You may download the template and the documentation in a single ZIP file.

I provide this template as it is and I will not provide any support or warranty.

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(sub)mission accomplished

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

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Not many updates in this blog lately, but for a good reason: Yesterday I submitted my Ph.D. thesis.

Photos from London trip

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

We spent this year’s easter weekend in London. On Picasa is a selection of my pictures.

From London April 2010

My Favorite Activities in Hong Kong

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

After the conferece I had two extra days in Hong Kong. Here are my favorites from the last days:

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No. 1: The Skywalk on Macao Tower. At 200 meters, you can leave the closed observation deck and walk on a platform around the tower. No handrails, just a harness and 40-50 km wind.

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No. 2: Hiking Hong Kong Island. We found a closed trail that leads from West Peak down to the south side of the island. The views were absolutely amazing. The island is half jungle and half mega-city. Add a very steep and rocky trail and you get probably one of the best hiking trails ever.

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No. 3: Watching the skyline of Hong Kong Island at night. According to Wikipedia, Hong Kong is the city with the highest number of skyscrapers world wide.

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No 4: Kowloon (a part of Hong Kong) also happens to be the most densly populated place on earth. Walking across its night markets is also fun.

Presenting MEDICO @ IUI 2010

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Here are some photos from our system demo at the combined poster and demo session at the IUI 2010. We presented our multimodal dialogue shell for the MEDICO system.

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Although small, all the hot shots were here:

  • Hery Lieberman + bunch of other students from MIT Media Lab
  • Princeton University, CMU, Cambridge
  • a number of research labs: German T-Labs, IBM Research, SAP Research, Palo Alto RC, HP Labs
  • and even someone from my alma mater TU ChemnitzIMG 3659

The organization was very well, location and service were top and a number of top speakers gave interesting and inspiring presentations.

@ Intelligent User Interfaces Conference 2010 in Hong Kong, China

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Currently I am attending the Intelligent User Interfaces Conference (IUI) 2010 in Hong Kong, China. Sunday was the day of the workshops. In the Gaze Workshop I gave a presentation for the Text 2.0 Framework, work by my colleagues at DFKI in Kaiserslautern. Some more information on the paper is online here.

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Not only because of the jet lag we spend the evenings outside of the hotel. Above is a picture from Kowloon.

Tomorrow I have another presentation together titled “A Multimodal Dialogue Mashup for Medical Image Semantics” which is joint work with Daniel Sonntag from DFKI in Kaiserslautern.

The real conference has just started but it seems like brain computer interfaces are becoming a big topic in the community.

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Here is another curiosity from one of our restaurants: Toothpicks with vitamins and minerals!

Ph.D. thesis writing activity so far

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

This video shows the activity of the SVN for the Latex sources of my Ph.D. thesis for the last months. However, there is still some work ahead…

RadSem software development visualized with Gource

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Since the beginning of 2008 we spent more than 2 person years on developing RadSem. RadSem is a semantic image annotation and retrieval tool. During the last two years a number of papers about this tool and its features have been published. Using Gource, Patrick (a student at DFKI) created a video of the source code repository activity since 2008 using Gource. And this is the result:

With a little hacking, he even got our continuous integration server running Hudson to create the latest version of the video each night automatically. The video above is a snapshot which has been uploaded to Youtube. Also watch out for the “HD” version on Youtube as the original video has been generated in HD quality.

Over the Thorong-La

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Today was wakeup at 3am, breakfast at 3:30am and we started for the Thorong-La at 4:30am. Lighted by moon and LED lights it took us 3.5 hours ascend to 5400m. After shooting about 50 photos we descended 1700 meters to Muktinath from where I am writing this post.

Our first 5000er was by far not as bad as we thought and now we can relax and enjoy the rest of our trek, get up later than 3 o’clock and dress for breakfast without ice on our windows (inside!).