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January 07 2014

23:23

Toward a Cognitive "Quantified Self"

The talk gives an overview about our work of quantifying knowledge acquisition tasks in real-life environments, focusing on reading. We combine several pervasive sensing approaches (computer vision, motion-based activity recognition etc.) to tackle the problem of recognizing and classifying knowledge acquisition tasks with a special focus on reading. We discuss which sensing modalities can be used for digital and offline reading recognition, as well as how to combine them dynamically. People increasingly track their physical fitness, from step counting over recording sports exercises to monitoring their food intake (e.g. Fitbit, Runkeeper, LooseIt). People are more aware of their routine, let’s them improve their physical life, fostering better eating and exercise habits, decreasing the risk for any obesity related diseases, increasing the quality of life. Physical activity recognition is becoming mainstream. Traditionally, research in activity recognition has focused on identifying physical tasks performed by the user through setting up elaborate, dedicated sensors in the lab. Yet, in recent years, physical activity recognition has become more mainstream. As industry begins to apply advances suggested by activity recognition research, we see more and more commercial products that help people track their physical fitness, from simple step counting (e.g., Fitbit One, Misfit Shine, Nike Fuelband, Withings Pulse) over sports expertise tracking (e.g. Runkeeper, Strava) to sleep monitoring. We see also the first smartphone applications giving users an overview about their activities, for example “Human” and “Move”, just to name two. Their tracking abilities are still limited by the battery power of today’s smart phones. Yet, with the just announced M7 Chip in the new iPhone 5s (making it easy to aggregate and interpret sensor data in a power efficient manner), we can expect physical activity tracking will be sooner or later integrated in our smart phones and other everyday appliances. While people explored the problem of physical activity recognition thoroughly, the ability to detect cognitive activities is an area with many challenges. This exciting new research field, Cognitive Quantified Self, opens up new opportunities at the intersection of wearable computing, machine learning, psychology, and cognitive science. In this talk I focus on tracking reading (the cognitive process of decoding letters, words, and sentences) in a mobile setting using optical eye tracking and occasionally first person vision (a camera worn on the users head). We want to establish long-term tracking of many mental processes suggesting strategies to optimize mental fitness and cognitive well-being. Imagine, educators can get real-time feedback about the attention level and learning progress of their students, giving them a good grasp on already understood and potential difficult concepts. Learning material can be redesigned and tailored towards the needs of the individual student, given their reading/learning history, their preferences and life-style. Content creators can use the quantified mind logs as a basis for improving their works. In which part of the movie are users most attentive? What feelings are conveyed by a particular paragraph in a book convey? In case you are a researcher, wouldn’t you like to know at what sentence a reader looses interest in your grant proposal? And we finally can tackle more difficult to analyze lifestyle issues, given a large enough user group and good enough sensing. e.g. How do sleep and eating habits influence our attention and learning? http://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/Fahrplan/events/5387.html Day: 2013-12-27 Start time: 20:30 Duration: 01:00 Room: Saal 6 Track: Science & Engineering Language: en

November 26 2013

15:56

The Homeschool Leadercast 7: Mark Hamby talks about Character Building through Stories, Book Recommendations and Lamplighter

Mark Hamby from Lamplighter.net talks with Jeremy Jesenovec on the Homeschool Leadercast about Character Building through Stories, Book Recommendations and Lamplighter Ministries including Lamplighter Guild and Lamplighter Theater To learn more, go to HomeschoolLeadercast.com/hslc0007

July 04 2013

02:59

91.7 KALW San Francisco "What's on your summer reading list?"

September 13 2011

16:27

New Books in Public Policy: Alan Jacobs, “The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction”

Tags: reading

September 04 2011

14:31

/reading — Karlheinz Stockhausen: Towards a Cosmic Music

Twentieth Century music’s grandest fruitcake, Stockhausen was a fascinating figure: miles out of the musical mainstream but not a member of the avant-garde elite either. http://bowblog.com/reading/2011/09/karlheinz-stockhausen-towards-a-cosmic-music/

April 02 2011

06:33

The Book Show

Increasingly, public libraries lend digital books as part of their expanding range of services, but the future of e-lending is far from clear. In this report, we look at how the digital shift will change the way libraries work.

March 11 2011

17:41

Life Stages In Literature

We can go through life with such a terrible poverty of self-awareness. A poverty so deep we do not possess our own lives. Youth is a blur. Middle age can be a grind and old age, a brutal humbling. But turn to literature – great literature – and awareness is there, says my guest today. From Huck Finn on the river to King Lear at his end. Toni Morrison’s Sula. Virgina Woolf’s day-dreaming mother. The stories and insights to place us, ground us, in our own lives. Literature can get at the heart of what we’re doing and the experience we share can be illuminated. http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/03/10/life-stages-literature

March 09 2011

18:01

The Mists of Avalon Recap – The S&L Podcast #026

We had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Daniel Suarez, author of previous Sword and Laser pick Daemon, as well as the new sequel Freedom (TM) that just came out January 7th. Get some insight into how much of the world of the Darknet Daniel really thinks could happen, and why. Quick Burns: Star Trek going boldly again: Stardate 2012 for sequel undocking Spider-Man 4 Scrapped, Franchise Reboot Planned Free Online: F&SF’s Tale Of A Dog That Is Not A Dog, And A Messy Love Triangle Don’t forget to pick up your free copy of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow! It’s the next official pick! Huffduffed from http://www.swordandlaser.com/home/2009/12/16/the-mists-of-avalon-recap-the-sl-podcast-026.html
17:59

Interview with Daniel Suarez – The S&L Podcast #027

We had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Daniel Suarez, author of previous Sword and Laser pick Daemon, as well as the new sequel Freedom (TM) that just came out January 7th. Get some insight into how much of the world of the Darknet Daniel really thinks could happen, and why. Quick Burns: Star Trek going boldly again: Stardate 2012 for sequel undocking Spider-Man 4 Scrapped, Franchise Reboot Planned Free Online: F&SF’s Tale Of A Dog That Is Not A Dog, And A Messy Love Triangle Don’t forget to pick up your free copy of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow! It’s the next official pick! Huffduffed from http://www.swordandlaser.com/home/2010/1/14/interview-with-daniel-suarez-the-sl-podcast-027.html

February 28 2011

19:42

Proust and the Squid - Maryanne Wolf

Brain science podcast and interview with Maryanne Wolf - how the brain processes language.

February 21 2011

23:49

Erin McKean redefines the dictionary

Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation. As the CEO and co-founder of new online dictionary Wordnik, Erin McKean is reshaping not just dictionaries, but how we interact with language itself. http://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_redefines_the_dictionary.html

February 15 2011

14:27

PodCastle » PodCastle 144: To Ride Beyond the Wide World’s End

google yahoo bing PodCastle 144: To Ride Beyond the Wide World’s End February 15, 2011 · Filed under Podcasts, Rated G by Caitlin Brennan. Read by Steve Anderson. Originally appeared at BookView Cafe. This story is a prequel to a novel: House of the Star (Tor, November 2010). “Those verses of yours,” old Coel said as the fire died and the hall subsided into a sort of rollicking quiet, “they’re clever. Especially your description of that son of a swine down the valley–how did you know he’s wall-eyed and has a distinct left hook to his private member?” “Well,” said Madog, “the eye’s easy to see when you’re singing in front of him. As to the other — let’s say it’s a trade secret.” Old Coel’s bushy white brow arched; he laughed. “Caught him in the jakes, did you?” Madog shrugged and smiled. Sometimes it was safer to let the patron decide how the story went. Coel thumped him on the shoulder, and grinned when he barely swayed. Madog was light and wiry as horsemen often are, but he was strong as they often are, too. “Gofannwy won’t thank you for the things you sang of him, but I’ll be warming my evil old heart for days with the thought of them. I owe you a debt for that; I’d like to pay it, for my honor and your pleasure. You’re a horseman, you say? And yet you walked through my gate.” Madog nodded. His throat still tightened when he thought of his beautiful mare down and gasping in the snow, so far gone with pain that she could not even will to move. He had cut her throat for mercy, and wept for hours after. Old Coel saw the tears that brimmed in his eyes, and nodded. He was a horseman, too. “In the morning,” he said, “we’ll go out to the fields and see what’s minded to follow you on your travels.” Rated G.

January 16 2011

17:41

'Gr8 Db8' Defends The Linguistics Of Texting : NPR

LOL. OMG. BRB. Text messages and instant messenger programs have spawned a variety of abbreviations and shortcuts that are sneaking into colloquial English. In his new book, Txtng, David Crystal takes on the h8ers who want to know why kids these days are too lazy to use vowels. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97700573
17:11

Encouraging Reading - Stephen Kraschen

The development of reading skills is one of the most important goals of education, and Dr. Stephen Krashen of the University of Southern California is one of... http://www.archive.org/details/WesleyA.FryerPodcast80EncouragingReadingbyStephenKrashen
17:03

Proust and the Squid - Maryanne Wolf

Brain science podcast and interview with Maryanne Wolf - how the brain processes language.

September 05 2010

12:14

Robin Ince's Bad Book Club

Robin Ince is a comedian and writer. For the last two years he has been the host of Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People. His Radio 4 show with Professor Brian Cox, The Infinite Monkey Cage, has just finished it's second series. Robin has recently written a book, Robin Ince's Bad Book Club, which casts a critical eye over Don Estelle's autobiography, tales of giant killer crabs, and romance novels set in the Antarctic.

July 08 2010

02:50
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