Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
October 16th, 2014

New awards!

University of Missouri, US – 2 projects:
“RaW”, led by Chao Fang, finding protein substructures to enhance knowledge of protein function using analytics!
“DORK”, led by Xinjian Yao, using analytics to understand Medicare data to further understand what happens in the system.

University Putra Malaysia: Embedded Systems for Public Water Management, led by BALAMI Emmanuel Luke, toword making water supplies more sustainable.

Lumbini Engineering College, Nepal – event held September 28 to inform students about Smarter Planet, Bluemix, Watson, IBM and Students for a Smarter Planet opportunities. Led by Basant Pandey.

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October 7th, 2014

Children love to imagine flying far above the world with just ‘faith & trust – oh, and a little bit of pixie-dust’.  For right now, we still need a vehicle to get us airborne…but, here’s some tech that may change the game…  Is your work with Cognitive Computing similar?  What other applications can you envision for this ‘thought controlled’ headgear?  Take a few minutes to look at the other research being done at these German Universities (links below).

A combination of four pictures shows test person Thiel posing with an electroencephalography cap at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen in Garching

MICHAELA REHLE September 11, 2014 4:57 AM
A combination of four pictures shows test person Thiel posing with an electroencephalography cap at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen in Garching
A combination of four pictures shows test person Niklas Thiel posing with an electroencephalography (EEG) cap which measures brain activity, at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) in Garching near Munich September 9, 2014. The researchers from TUM and the Technische Universitaet Berlin (team Phypa) try to find ways to control an airplane with computer translated brain impulses without the pilot touching the plane’s controls. The solution, if achieved, would contribute to greater flight safety and reduce pilots’ workload. Picture taken September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY – Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CREDITS: Reuters, Yahoo News, Facebook

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October 3rd, 2014

Or at the very least, inspire change for the better in some capacity?  While you should aim to ‘make your mark’ on a global scale, sometimes starting small makes sense – take into consideration financial constraints and that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.  But, don’t stop dreaming on a large scale!  Every idea that comes to fruition began with a dream…

Here’s an event being held in October in the U.S. that is worth investigating (click the pic for full details). 


BBC World Changing Ideas

 Speakers are to include:

  • Professor Mary “Missy” Cummings, Director of Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University
  • Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
  • Julius Genachowski, Former Chairman, FCC
  • Alexis Ohanian, Partner, Y Combinator and Co-founder, reddit
  • Alfred Spector, Vice President of Research, Google


NOTE: I’m aware it’s a pricey event for a Grad Student.  If you aren’t able to attend, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter!

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September 25th, 2014

Cognitive Computing is one of the major buzz-phrases in technology today.  The IBM Watson Jeopardy!™ Challenge pitted the “brain” of a computer against the minds of humans in a fascinating display of man vs. machine.  Cognition takes many forms, and researchers in the U.K. are striving to learn more about the human brain’s functionality by exploring lucid dreams.

Charles Osgood of CBS News Radio in the U.S. had this to report:  “The scientists say the lucid dreamers used their extra level of insight to “think in a different way” – perhaps get a little creative with their minds to solve more of the problems.”

Here’s a posting from the University of Lincoln that gives some background on their studies

Awake within a dream: lucid dreamers show greater insight in waking life


Perhaps what is learned from studying the lucid dreamers’ heightened ability to problem solve will be applied to the next level of work in cognitive computing?  Maybe it’s something you want to be involved with?  For now…

sleeping computer…sleep well!


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The Dutch Courage Foundation is sponsoring the πoseidon project which is supported by Delft University of Technology and IBM and comprised mostly of volunteers.

The ultimate goal of the πoseidon project is to setup an open platform for the collection and sharing of data within the (academic) research community and to make these data available to entrepreneurs and decision makers.

In Central Asia, which suffers under tremendous water stress, depletion of their natural resources is occurring at an alarming rate. The most striking example is the Aral Sea, which is drying out at a rapid pace, leaving nothing but dry desert on the land which was once ocean.

blog aral sea

The πoseidon project aims to make a change in all of this by creating awareness through education and marketing and providing assistance by developing low cost open source devices and an IBM Bluemix platform to assist local farmers in more efficient irrigation. This is called precision agriculture.

If you wish to help, please contact

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