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Nice to see USC made it to this list of schools producing best equipped graduates to make an impact in the world of technology: http://tech.co/university-college-tech-startup-talent-2015-07
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A short essay on computer-aided "explanation".   Large-scale models and computer-generated proofs are very impressive and useful, and have some of the properties we'd like to have in good scientific explanations. But they also lack many of those properties.  Is it possible to fill that gap?

More briefly: the subject is whether and how it's possible to remove the scare quotes around "explanation".

The essay is the first in a series I've been asked to write for Quanta magazine 3 to 4 times a year.  

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150723-computer-explanation/
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An excellent resource for educators looking to connect robotics and math.
 
We've just posted a tutorial on pursuit-evasion games. In addition to tools and techniques, the tutorial includes exercises for STEM educators and open problems for researchers. In my experience, these are great problems to engage high-schoolers and undergrads.
This tutorial contains tools and techniques for designing pursuit and evasion strategies. The material targets a diverse audience including STEM educators as well as robotics researchers interested in applications of pursuit-evasion games. We start with a simple "lion and man" game in a square environment which should be accessible to anyone with a high-school level background on geometry and trigonometry. We then visit various versions of this ...
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I came across the above image today, showing three ladies who came to study Medicine in America. Dr. Anandabai Joshee, among them, was the first Indian woman to have obtained a medical degree abroad. Trying to learn more abou...
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Thank you for sharing this -- it is really astounding.  It's also a beautiful and beautifully meaningful photograph.
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Anyone looking for an academic job? 
The Lego Foundation is funding a new initiative in England to "build a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners."
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This January, as much of the world was getting over its post-holiday hangovers, people began disappearing from Carnegie Mellon University's robotics center. At first it was only a few individuals,...
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Just found out about this classic article on how to conduct productive discussions in class: http://www.indiana.edu/~tchsotl/part%201/part1%20materials/The_Dreaded_Discussion.pdf     

I like his motivation for why good discussions are important: "The key to effective retention of learning, I believe, is in owning the discovery. Emerson wrote in his journals that a wise person "must feel and teach that the best wisdom cannot be communicated (but) must be acquired by every soul for itself." My primary strategy as a teacher is to structure situations in which students have as many opportunities as possible to acquire wisdom for themselves; that is, to own the discovery of a new learning insight or connection and to express that discovery to others. In this way their substantive learning
is increased and their self-esteem is enhanced. "


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I don't know if it's heresy to announce on Google plus that I've joined Twitter too, but for what it's worth, you can find me there @bhaskark_la 
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And I'm @smpl5 on twitter
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This is just mind-blowing!
 
Except this. This is the only part the neural network did not write. Blame our CMS.
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A bright young man I know, a recent Ph.D. graduate from another university, who works in my research area of wireless networks, contacted me recently sharing with me that he had joined industry but that he was "still interest...
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This is the most hilarious set of metaphors for what happens in academic research on a daily basis... 
Things about the research in progress.
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This is just brilliant !! Can totally relate to some of these. Just couldn't stop laughing !! :)
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I came across a delightful quote by Noam Chomsky about what it means to be truly educated that I couldn't agree with more: "... it's not important what we cover in the class, it's important what you discover.  To be truly e...
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I am a member of the faculty at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering where I design and analyze algorithms for next generation wireless networks and teach undergraduate and graduate courses on related topics.  I enjoy reading, writing, learning languages, nature, history, and photography.
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