Archive for the 'Research' Category

Data Visualization: 3-D Map of Air Pollution in London

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If you live in London air pollution is your daily companion. While it is believed that new measures like the Congestion charge have brought improvements to air quality in central London pollution remains a hot topic in the UK’s capital.

The 3D pollution maps were created by overlaying 3D models for London with pollution data and predictions. Data from the London’s air pollution sensors network together with pollution predictions from

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Research: Perceptive Pixel’s multi-touch display (2)

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There is a new video of Jeff Han’s latest multi-touch display online that can be manipulated intuitively with the fingertips, and responds to varying levels of pressure.

It looks like that we might build one of these displays for an upcoming project soon. Watch this space for more detailed information…
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Europe: The EU’s “Nobel prize” for IT

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I have just learned that one of the IT awards – or in good government gibberish “ICT” awards – I won for some of my inventions a few years ago is now called the “EU – Nobel prize – for ICT”. Maybe I should now move the plaque from the guest toilet where its displayed with the other awards to a more prominent place… “…The European ICT Prize, the EU’s “Nobel Prize” for innovation in information and communication technologies, is the most distinguished prize for innovative products and services in the field of ICT…” Well, to finish up the story, the money (grand prize winners now get EUR 200,000) went to my then company, which is now owned (at least some of the innovations) by an American conglomerate. So much about being successful in Europe when being innovative. Nevertheless the EU ICT prize is really a good thing and if…

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Science: Nanotechnology barcodes to identify biological weapons

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You might still remember the scene from the movie “Blade Runner” when Harrison Ford with the help of a chemist and the serial number on microscopic scale finds out what type of material he is looking at. It seems we got just one step closer to be able to do something similar today. Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently developed a novel bio-sensing platform that uses engineered nanowires for biochemical tests…

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VoIP encryption in a surveillance society

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Those of you that have time to get over to the Stanford campus this Wednesday afternoon (March 7th) should do and listen to “Phil Zimmerman’s” talk on VoIP encryption in a surveillance society. For all of you who can’t make it Stanford will put a video online at their “Computer Systems Colloquium (EE380)” site. Phil is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), the most widely used email encryption software in the world. He is also known for his work in VoIP encryption protocols…

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BBC: Horizon – most of our universe is missing

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Another great documentary from the “BBC science series”. This 50 minutes movie is explaining the fundamentals of gravity, astrophysics, galaxies, dark matter, and dark energy. It is also the story of a controversy in science based on observation supporting a theory that has yet to be experimentally or conclusively proven…

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