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Networks of Sensors - Advanced Sensor Networks Developed for Heathrow Airport - Articles - Open Innovation

Networks of Sensors - Advanced Sensor Networks Developed for Heathrow Airport - Articles - Open Innovation | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

odelling of air pollution around busy urban areas such as airports is a complex task. Ground stations for monitoring air quality and compliance reporting are usually limited in number, because of cost, to a few strategic locations. More recently given the advances in sensors, electronics and communication technologies it is now possible to design and build networked sensor nodes at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems. These breakthroughs in technology make it possible to implement large-scale sensor networks in city environments. A team led by Professor Rod Jones at the University of Cambridge, funded by NERC, is now doing just that for Heathrow Airport to better understand and develop sophisticated computer models for air quality in the vicinity of this busy international airport. to learn more click on the image or the title.

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Building data science teams - O'Reilly Radar

Building data science teams - O'Reilly Radar | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Great article from Oreilly on how to build data scienceteams that cam create great data products,  what skills and traits you need in your team and what type of environment (technical and working) needed to make it a success.  If like us you are involved with working with data science teams on a regular basis - either helping create, manage or consult with them - this is a good article to read and pass on. To learn more click on the title or the image.

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Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetics (PBPK) | Absorption | Formulation | Pharmacodynamics | Drug Drug Interaction | Population PK

Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetics (PBPK) | Absorption | Formulation | Pharmacodynamics | Drug Drug Interaction | Population PK | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

The Pharmaceutical industry continues to adopt simulation technologies for drug discovery and development. This week Simulations Plus, Inc., a provider of simulation and modeling software announced it had signed a collaboration agreement with a major pharmaceutical company to add a transdermal and subcutaneous dosing model within its GastroPlus simulation software program. GastroPlus™ is a mechanistic, physiologically-based simulation program that predicts the absorption, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics for drugs given through oral, intravenous, ocular or pulmonary routes.The funded collaboration enable Simulations Plus to extend the competitive advantage of GastroPlus without the need for Simulations Plus to fund the development directly.

 

 

 

 

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Bubbles and Busts: Macroeconomics Could Benefit From Complexity

Nice over view article on why complexity (or complex systems) can help economics and the challenges that still remain before complex systems based approaches become mainstream in economics thinking. Click on title to learn more.

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Apache Accumulo

The Apache Accumulo™ sorted, distributed key/value store is a robust, scalable, high performance data storage and retrieval system. Apache Accumulo is based on Google's BigTable design and is built on top of Apache Hadoop, Zookeeper, and Thrift. Apache Accumulo features a few novel improvements on the BigTable design in the form of cell-based access control and a server-side programming mechanism that can modify key/value pairs at various points in the data management process. Click on title to learn more..

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A Showcase of Innovative Data Visualization Concepts

A Showcase of Innovative Data Visualization Concepts | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Largely examples of dashboard designs. Worth noting if you are buildign software with dashboards or data summarization. click on image or title to learn more.

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Rethinking Growth § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

Rethinking Growth § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Herman Daly applies a biophysical lens to the economy and finds that bigger isn’t necessarily better. Herman Daly is an ecological economist and co-founder and associate editor of the journal Ecological Economics. As the World Bank’s senior environmental economist from 1988 to 1994, Daly focused on Latin American poverty and development and helped to establish the discipline of ecological economics. Today, based at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Daly spoke with Seed editor Maywa Montenegro about growth, technology, happiness, and the steady-state economy. A great article worth reading and thinking about. Click on the image or the title to learn more.

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Pragmatic Programming Techniques: BIG Data Analytics Pipeline

Pragmatic Programming Techniques: BIG Data Analytics Pipeline | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Good article by Ricky Ho on big data analytics architecture patterns. going from typical data processing pipeline through to basic large scale data analytics architecture and implrementation architectures. Worth reading - click on image or title for more information.

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Every Citizen Has a Life in the New 'SimCity'

Every Citizen Has a Life in the New 'SimCity' | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

In what is rapidly becoming one of the most anticipated games releases in the simulation community - a little more info on the forthcoming SimCity release. IN this article and interview with Ocean Quigley of EA/Maxis  quicly explains how the new SimCity simulation engine combines micro and macro simulation elements with each person, building and object will be simulated by the game's engine including individual sims that now have routines and lives and respond to the local events. Click on the image or title to learn more.

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Fluorescent molecules 'tag' DNA and monitor looping process

In a new study, UT Dallas researchers outline how they used fluorescent molecules to "tag" DNA and monitor a process called DNA looping, a natural biological mechanism involved in rearranging genetic material in some types of cells. The UT Dallas "tag and track" method not only sheds light on how DNA loops form, but also might be adapted to screen drugs for effectiveness against certain viruses that shuffle genetic material, such as HIV. Until now, scientists primarily had "snapshots" of the initial and final stages of DNA loop formation, with only limited information about what happens during the intermediate steps, Click on title to learn more.

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The Manifest Destiny of Artificial Intelligence » American Scientist

The Manifest Destiny of Artificial Intelligence » American Scientist | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Nice layman overview artical on AI and where things are currently Click on image or title to learn more.

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Versant, NoSQL, and the Smart Grid Big Data Challenge : Greentech Media

Versant, NoSQL, and the Smart Grid Big Data Challenge : Greentech Media | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Could object-oriented data management have prevented the 2003 Northeast Blackout? Interesting article on use of nsql databases and object oriented data management combined with sensor networks could have helped manage the 2003 Northeast blackout. Worth a read. Click on the image or the title to learn more.

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Futurity.org – Imaging combo spots infection in 3D

Futurity.org – Imaging combo spots infection in 3D | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Scientists have combined MRI and imaging mass spectrometry to visualize the body’s inflammatory response to a bacterial infection in 3D. The techniques, described in Cell Host & Microbe, offer opportunities for discovering proteins not previously implicated in the inflammatory response. Eric Skaar, chair in pathology at Vanderbilt University and his team were interested in imaging infection in three dimensions—in the whole animal—while also being able to identify the proteins that are produced at sites of infection.Click on the image or title to learn more.

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Big Data on Heroku – Hadoop from Treasure Data

Big Data on Heroku – Hadoop from Treasure Data | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Heroku is a cloud platform as a service (PaaS) owned by Salesforce.com. Heroku supports a range of programming languages for SaaS deployment and a long list of addons including – among others – RDBMS and NoSQL capabilities and Hadoop-based data warehouse developed by Treasure Data. This is a good introductory article on getting started with Heroku and TreasureData Hadoop map-reduce solution. Click on the image or the title to learn more...

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New insights to the function of molecular chaperones

New insights to the function of molecular chaperones | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Heidelberg molecular biologists have gained new insights into the function of so-called molecular chaperones in protein synthesis. The team headed by Dr. Günter Kramer and Prof. Dr. Bernd Bukau of the DKFZ-ZMBH Alliance, a research association between Heidelberg University's Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH) and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), was able to demonstrate how a molecular chaperone in bacterial cells can influence the formation of the three-dimensional structure of new proteins (i.e. Protein folding).

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-insights-function-molecular-chaperones.html or click on the image or the title to learn more.

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python quick multiprocessing

If you are coding in python and need either  (or both) local and remote concurrency and want a way to effectively side-stepping the Global Interpreter Lock by using subprocesses instead of threads then the python  multiprocessing package is just the answer you are looking for. Click title to learn more.

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IEEE Pacific Visualization 2013

IEEE Pacific Visualization 2013 | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

The 6th PacificVis Symposium (Pacific Visualization) will be held in Sydney, Australia from February 27 to March 1, 2013. PacificVis is an IEEE sponsored international visualization symposium held in the Asia-Pacific region, with the objective to foster greater exchange between visualization researchers and practitioners, and to draw more researchers in the Asia-Pacific region to enter this rapidly growing area of research. Click on the image or title to learn more.

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Datavisualization.ch Selected Tools

Datavisualization.ch Selected Tools | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

one of our favourite websites with a great summary of essential visualisation tools.  From our personal favourites such as  D3.js ,Gephi and Timline  or old trusty tools s Prefuse and Many Eyes to new tools that were unfamiliar such as Leaflet, GeoCommons and  PolyMaps this is a brilliant resource on available data visusalisation tools. Click on the image or the title for more information

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SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | The Seed Salon | Jill Tarter + Will Wright

SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | The Seed Salon | Jill Tarter + Will Wright | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

WIll Wright and Jill Tarter - two personal hero's of mine. Stumbled upon this on the seed.com site  (a great science website and magazine if you do not know it). Who ever had the idea to put these two across from one another at a dinner table and have them talk on Spore, evolution and the evolution of AI - thank you. Watch and enjoy. Click the image or the title for more information.

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Distributed Systems with ZeroMQ | Javalobby

Distributed Systems with ZeroMQ | Javalobby | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

A chunk of our internal research work is based on distributed processing and distributed simulation. ZeroMQ is a rapidly becoming a key element to rapidly build distributed systems. ZeroMQ is that it's not a message broker like you might assume from its name. ZeroMQ is a library that supports certain network communication patterns using sockets. The "MQ" part comes in because ZeroMQ uses queues internally to buffer messages so that you don't block your application when sending data - which helps in scalability. Rick Copeland has a really good introduction to ZeroMQ on the DZOne. Worth reading. click on the image or title to learn more.

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Open Source Technologies: Improving Code Quality - LCOM4 and Cyclomatic Complexity

Technical debt represents the skeletons in a software development project's closet. Tools like Sonar give you access to metrics like LCOM4 and cyclomatic complexity. This article provides a great over view of why you should care about these metrics when managing a code base and insight into how to use the tools to see where code needs to be refactored and to gain insight  into which engineers are really delivering versus those producing difficult to maintain code.

Worth reading - click on title for more info.

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Presentation

Presentation | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
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2012-08-27 The 20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence will take place on 27 to 31 August 2012 in Montpellier, France.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science focusing on creating machines that can engage on behaviours that humans consider ‘intelligent’. It also studies systems that perceive their environments and formulate actions based on observations. AI research is highly technical and specialised, resulting in subfields that sometimes work in isolation from one another.
The event is intended to bring together researchers to discuss and identify important new trends and challenges in all subfields of artificial intelligence, and provide a forum for potential users of innovative techniques.

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Jed Fisher's comment, August 14, 2012 5:30 PM
will you be there Complex Insight?
ComplexInsight's comment, August 14, 2012 5:43 PM
Hi Jed, Hoping to be in Montpelier on the 28th to meet some researchers at the AI conf and attend the Smart Cities simulation workshop that covers city simulation, agent based modeling and applied AI but unfortunately won't know for certain till next week.
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Using GIS Technology to Enhance Development Outcomes | World Bank Institute (WBI)

The Next-Generation of Geospatial Technology and the World Bank’s Role in Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to enhance Development Outcomes. Many work programs within the World Bank are now embracing the use of ICT tools for engaging citizens, gathering data, disseminating information, improving transparency and accountability, and ensuring better communication and collaboration. These tools have been employed both in country-level work as well as through efforts to open up the World Bank’s processes. Esri president Jack Dangermond and World Bank staff discuss  future possibilities of geospatial technology and how they can use those technologies to meet various development goals. Click on headline to see video of event.

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Information Is Beautiful | Ideas, issues, knowledge, data - visualized!

Information Is Beautiful | Ideas, issues, knowledge, data - visualized! | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Information is Beautiful, the Web site on data visualization created by independent information designer David McCandless, soon will be giving a total of $30,000 in awards for, you guessed it, beautiful and informative graphics. The shortlist was just announced on August 10, and winners will be revealed in mid-September. Click on the image or the title to learn more.

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Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn's Armor : NPR

Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn's Armor : NPR | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Scientists report that a genetically engineered corn crop has failed to kill the corn rootworm — the pest it was designed to stop. This may be the most serious threat to a genetically modified crops in the U.S. Clik on the image ot title to learn more.

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