Happy Halloween

Posted by Reverse on 11-01-16

Hello, and Happy Halloween (yes, I know I'm a day late on that one.) I just wanted to check in with where I am, and what I've been up to. Notably, I finally got that super-sweet Dr. Junkenstein skin in Overwatch my number of lab hours have increased dramatically. I'm now in the lab Monday through Friday, from 12pm to 6pm. It's kind of like a job, except without the "getting paid" part. Hooray, graduate school!

So, although I've been updating Visual Annex each day, I've been a bit strapped for time with regards to my personal projects. There's some interesting research work being done, but nothing that can be shown just yet. I will give one hint: we're looking at a potential submission to CVPR.

Now, here's hoping I get some time to work on Alchemy and Artifice in the near future. ^^

Boston Crime

Posted by Reverse on 10-19-16

Today it occurred to me that I've worked on a project that was really interesting, which wasn't listed in my portfolio. The reason it was never listed, is because the amount of information I was contractually allowed to disclose was limited. In other words, the data was sensitive, and I couldn't republish it. The project entailed analyzing geometric data of the city of Boston, cross-referencing it to a list of all of the crimes reported in 2014, and then drawing as many inferences as possible from that data. And yes, the files were about as large as you'd expect them to be.

Anyway, I was rooting through some files, and I came across a presentation for the project. It's not source code, or even a binary release, but it's something. It's a way to keep a tab on something meaningful that I've done.

Visual Annex

Posted by Reverse on 10-10-16

So, quick update here. My Japanese music blog, Visual Annex, is now up and running. You can check it out by clicking on the link in the right-hand menu of the site. I'm not sure how likely it is for there to be overlap between those who listen to visual kei, and those in the field of computer science, but you never know.

Also on the subject of music, I've been playing around with a library called BASS, which allows me to sample audio clips. If I can get it to do what I want, that would have some nice implications for a future project I have in mind. It's looking, at the moment, as though this project won't blossom into a publishable research idea. My current advisor, and a fellow PhD candidate both feel it may be too niche. We're in agreement that it should be pretty fun to work on, though. So we'll see where it goes, and if nothing else, I'll publish some sort of demo on here.