Friday, October 05, 2012

Michaelmas Term 2012 - Start of Term & IET President's Inaugural Speech

Today (well this week) term kicks off and I'm teaching Principles of Communications to Part II, and Network Architecture to Part III and MPhil students.

Meanwhile, last night, I attended Andy Hopper's really excellent speech at the IET in London, where a host of stars turned out, including an MP who is an engineer (and female) and other luminaries to hear his very very good words on how to make things innovative - he used a lot of nice use cases, taken from his experience and others nearby (ARM, RealVNC, Xen and of course UbiSense) but he also made some very good high level points about UK industry (under investing in Research) and how to fix that, and about Universities (do LOTS of innnovation and let the market pick) and about government (stop the REF now - it served its purpose and is past its sell by date and actually probably damaging things now). All good stuff - I dn't want to stand up and ask a question but if I had, I'd have asked him about the new stuff we're doing with raspberry pi, Digital Life Foundation, OcamlLabs, and Computing at School, all of which have extreme "business model" approaches -
See IET TV of Andy Hopper's talk

might have been a good place to name check serial entrepreneurs like Ian Pratt and Keir Fraser (Bromium and Convergent.IO, post xen), time:)

Two ideas
1. cheap opthalmoscope made out of toy microscope & android camera phone & some simple DSP code (on the phone
2. remote control for hearing aid using ultrasonic sound from the android phone (speaker can go to frequencies higher than you can hear, but hearing aid can hear them) so you can reset programmes for different environments
(both for me:)

3. Must talk to CCNx folks about Andrea lo Pumo's work on policy routes for content centric networking - ok, so we are ignoring "content value chain" but I think its more than just "cache flow" versus "packet flow" :)

Back to school.....

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