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Holger K. von Jouanne-Diedrich
Works at University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg
Attended University of St. Gallen
Lived in Hamburg
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Just created this video which gives a step-by-step introduction to my OneR package (on CRAN)!

Please tell me what you think and please share - Thank you :-)

#OneR #Rpackage #rstats
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A reminder to statisticians everwhere
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The driverless taxi is here

Singapore now has the world's first driverless taxi! 

Yes, just one so far.  Only 10 people are allowed to use it, and it will stay in the most futuristic part of town, near the research centers Biopolis and Fusionopolis.  But the company nuTonomy hopes to make this service commercially available by 2018, with a fleet of 75 cabs.  And it wants to boost the number to thousands by 2019.

Singapore just barely beat Pittsburgh: Uber plans to offer driverless rides there in a few weeks.

Here's a story from May 2016:

During this test drive, there were people; there was construction; there was even a fairly busy intersection.

Being able to understand traffic lights, navigate to a destination and not just detect obstacles but figure out when and how to pass them is no small feat for an autonomous vehicle. Often, that clumsiness was simply a result of the vehicle being overly careful and leaving considerable space between it and the object it was skirting.

Determining when it's safe to overtake a stopped car is a significant challenge for autonomous cars. Many of today's semi and fully autonomous systems, which depend largely on vehicles around them to determine how fast or slowly to drive, would wait patiently behind the car in front of it until it moved. But nuTonomy cars use formal logic, Parker said.

"Essentially, we establish a hierarchy of rules and break the least important," he said. "For example, one rule is 'maintain speed.' Another is 'stay in lane.' We violate the 'stay in lane' rule because maintaining speed is more important."

At one point during the test drive, the car passed another car that was stopped on the left side of the road. To do that, it veered all the way to the right, then abruptly turned left to overtake the stopped car. Had it been a human driver taking a road test, the maneuver would have resulted in an automatic failure.

Though Parker joked that he was always telling his engineers they could reduce the "buffer space" the car gives other objects or people on the road, that buffer is a necessary safety net when deploying an autonomous car in a complex and unstructured environment.

nuTonomy is an MIT-based startup, and I'm happy they've come here to Singapore.  Here's why, according to the local newspaper:

nuTonomy chief operations officer Doug Parker told The Straits Times that it chose to try out the service in Singapore because of the high consumer demand for taxis here, well-maintained roads and clear government regulations for its tests. "Singapore is the best place in the world for self-driving cars," said Mr Parker.

When you're trying to do new stuff you don't want too many regulations, but it's equally important that the regulations be clear.  You don't want to have to guess whether something is okay.

The first quote is from here:

The second one is from here:

You can see the nuTonomy car in action here:
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There is renewed interest in my rather philosophical question from 5 years ago (I don't know how to get rid of the banner below by the way)
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I keep telling this my students - very valuable advice!
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Please share because this election really matters not only for the US but for the rest of the world too
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I'll fly to Chicago tomorrow for one week. If you want to meet me there drop me a line on my university account:
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UK voted Leave and therefore one of most prominent cultural figures voted Leave too
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No amount of lipstick changes the the pig.

Let's stop pretending spreadsheet are for reliable quality data work.
Excel's default settings are causing scientific screw-ups
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    Professor, present
  • Atos
    Global Executive Director
  • Siemens
    Principal Management Consultant
  • Lufthansa
    Product Manager
  • Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken
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Hamburg - Aschaffenburg - St. Gallen - London - Frankfurt - München
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
Philip K. Dick

"I have always imagined that paradise will be some kind of library"
Jorge Luis Borges

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • University of St. Gallen
    Ph.D. (Dr. oec.)
  • University of Cambridge
    Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • University of Hamburg
    Master of Business Administration
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