Great Presentations

Posted Posted in Archive

As a PhD student, I feel a lot of pressure to sound smart. When I present, usually in the setting of group meetings, but also in formal presentations such as those we practiced in Great Presentations, I feel a lot of pressure to come off as a productive researcher. This is evident in the tons […]

Academic Writing Final Assignment—Reflection

Posted Posted in Archive

We all have our writing mannerisms. One of mine is the three-item list: “…attend meetings, email, and brainstorm…” “…mode of locomotion, sensing ability, and the extent of robot automation…” “…visual sensing, complex AI, and dynamic body control…” “…planning, sensing, and motor control…” “…SPEC for general purpose computing, PARSEC for multithreaded applications, and Whetstone for floating-point-intensive […]

Draft #ifihadglass

Posted Posted in Archive

A Google Glass device is the opposite of a telepresence robot: the former, a humanized computer; the latter, a computerized human. Telepresence robots are brilliant for allowing someone to sense an environment and interact with far away people while staying put—giving mobility to someone who is forced to be stationary. Along these lines, the brilliance […]

Arranging Things

Posted Posted in Archive

My first layout shift was the night after Ahmadinejad spoke on campus. With little experience in newspaper design, I moved around boxes of text and photos aimlessly on a computer until 2 am, when the editors realized a novice was in charge of the front page and had to politely take over. Dejected, I signed […]