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Vahab Mirrokni
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If you're thinking of adopting a more minimalist lifestyle for 2012, take a page from the playbook of Andrew Hyde, an itinerant blogger-cum-interface designer who owns only 15 items. Currently residing in New York City—he's lived everywhere from Colorado to Rhode Island—Hyde sold most of his ...
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I live out of one bag the size of your typical gym bag. If it will not fit into the bag, I will not buy it. I am not homeless. I am a photographer so the cameras are in the bag, too. Who needs undies. Andrew has a lot of clothes. One thing he might want to invest in is Google Glass. 
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Cool tool for collaborations on data analysis...
 
Making Data Science coLaboratory

Have a project that would benefit from the ability to have multiple people with varying skill sets collaborate directly through simultaneous access and analysis of data? Struggling with cryptic installation errors and the varied requirements of different machines and operating systems? 

The coLaboratory project, created by Google Research, +Matthew Turk, and the +IPython/Jupyter development team, seeks to address these issues by merging open source products with Google technologies, providing a collaborative data analysis environment for both programmers and non-programmers.  

Check out the Google Research Blog below to learn more, including a link to the coLaboratory Chrome App, which offers a simple one-click installation of coLaboratory, IPython, and a large set of popular scientific python libraries (with more on the way).
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The next "New York Area Theory Day" will happen at Columbia university on April 25th. The speakers are Adam, Jennifer, myself, and Venkat. It reminds me of 2002 when three of us were at MIT...

See details in this link: http://cs.nyu.edu/webapps/spring2014/colloquia/177

New York Area Theory Day
April 25, 2014 9:30AM 
Davis Auditorium, 412 Schapiro (CEPSR) building
Columbia University
New York, NY 

Host: Columbia University, New York
Program 
9:30 - 10:00 Coffee and bagels 
10:00 - 10:55 Dr. Vahab Mirrokni (Google Research) 
Ad Allocation: Online Problems and Mechanism Design 
10:55 - 11:05 Short break 
11:05 - 12:00 Dr. Jennifer Chayes (Microsoft Research) 
The Power of Locality for Network Algorithms 
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch break (lunch NOT provided) 
2:00 - 2:55 Prof. Venkatesan Guruswami (CMU) 
Polar codes: Reliable communication with 
complexity scaling polynomially in the gap to Shannon capacity 
2:55 - 3:15 Coffee break 
3:15 - 4:10 Prof. Adam Smith (Penn State) 
Private Analysis of Graphs 
For directions, please see 
http://www.cs.columbia.edu/theory/directions.html 

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send 
email to talr@us.ibm.com. 
Organizers: 
Yevgeniy Dodis dodis@cs.nyu.edu 
Tal Rabin talr@us.ibm.com 
Cliff Stein cliff@ieor.columbia.edu 
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Link: http://cs.nyu.edu/webapps/spring2014/colloquia/177
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Gambit: Software Tools for Game Theory.

Google Summer of Code 2014 student application period is now open. Students, please refer to http://gambit-project.org/application.txt for guidance on how
to go about applying to work on Gambit.

https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2014
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The 6th New York Economics and Computer Science Day (NYCE) will happen on November 1st.  We will have four invited speakers (Nicole, Panos, Christos, Rakesh) and several short talks and posters. Please consider submitting an abstract for short talks or posters. Also you need to register for the event.
Registration website: registration | nycsecon2013
Submission Website for short talks:
posters and short presentations | nycsecon2013
Please spread the word.
Jason, Jenn, and Vahab
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Today we launched Google Handwriting Input (http://goo.gl/qWWhDU), which lets users handwrite text on their Android mobile device as an additional input method for any Android app, supporting 82 languages in 20 distinct scripts. It works with both printed and cursive writing input with or without a stylus. Beyond text input, it also provides a fun way to enter hundreds of emojis by drawing them (simply press and hold the ‘enter’ button to switch modes). It also works with or without an Internet connection. Learn more at http://goo.gl/j7lFbC
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Interesting note Jason. I'll try to communicate this comment to the guy in charge.
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Happy day for women in math & for Iranian math society.  This is a great article about Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female and the first Iranian Fields Medalist! Other than her recent results, it also touches upon her high school and undergraduate studies in Iran and her family, Jan & Anahita.
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and for Indian math: this is the first year a person of Indian origin (Manjul Bhargava) won the Fields medal :)
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Interesting
 
"Yesterday was a very emotional day for a lot of us at Coursera. We got to meet Dan Bergmann, an autistic student who completed over 7 college level courses on Coursera, in-person. Dan was in special education all his life because he had limited speaking vocabulary. But on the Coursera platform, he can watch lectures at his own pace and communicate through typing at a college level. As a result, a learner who was placed in the remedial learning track has taken and excelled at advanced level poetry and history courses...AND has been invited by a UPenn professor to be a Community Teaching Assistant. We are incredibly motivated by Dan so much so that we painted him on one of our conference room walls. 

It was priceless for us to see his giddy reaction when he saw his own portrait. Dan, you make us as a company (and as individuals) better through the example you set in love for learning and perseverance. 

This is why I work at Coursera." 

Read Daniel's story: http://bit.ly/1tv6lRU 
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The next "New York Area Theory Day" will happen at Columbia university on April 25th. The speakers are Jennifer Chayes and 3 former MIT graduates (Adam, Venkat, and myself). It reminds me of 2002 when the 3 of us overlapped at MIT!

See details in this link: http://cs.nyu.edu/webapps/spring2014/colloquia/177

New York Area Theory Day
April 25, 2014 9:30AM 
Davis Auditorium, 412 Schapiro (CEPSR) building
Columbia University
New York, NY 

Host: Columbia University, New York
Program 
9:30 - 10:00 Coffee and bagels 
10:00 - 10:55 Dr. Vahab Mirrokni (Google Research) 
Ad Allocation: Online Problems and Mechanism Design 
10:55 - 11:05 Short break 
11:05 - 12:00 Dr. Jennifer Chayes (Microsoft Research) 
The Power of Locality for Network Algorithms 
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch break (lunch NOT provided) 
2:00 - 2:55 Prof. Venkatesan Guruswami (CMU) 
Polar codes: Reliable communication with 
complexity scaling polynomially in the gap to Shannon capacity 
2:55 - 3:15 Coffee break 
3:15 - 4:10 Prof. Adam Smith (Penn State) 
Private Analysis of Graphs 
For directions, please see 
http://www.cs.columbia.edu/theory/directions.html 

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send 
email to talr@us.ibm.com. 
Organizers: 
Yevgeniy Dodis dodis@cs.nyu.edu 
Tal Rabin talr@us.ibm.com 
Cliff Stein cliff@ieor.columbia.edu 
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Link: http://cs.nyu.edu/webapps/spring2014/colloquia/177
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We finalized the agenda  for NYCE 2013 and posted it on the website (will add posters soon). If you want to guarantee your registration for the workshop, please do so by October 17th. 
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I am a senior staff research scientist at Google, managing the algorithms research group at Google Research, New York. I joined Google after spending a couple of years at Microsoft Research, MIT, and Amazon.com. My research areas include algorithms design, algorithmic game theory, Internet Economics, and social networks analysis. At Google, I am mainly working on algorithmic and economic problems related to search and online advertising.
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Theoretical Computer Science