Pick a Book 2012 – Recommended Readings

Oh yes! One of the most awaited time of the year has come again. Once every year our college opens up a pick-a-book week in our department wherein both the faculty and us, students, could choose books which we would like to request to be purchased for the library. The following are the books which The Turtle and the Hedgehog recommended for the department in no order:

  • Data Management of Protein Interaction Networks (M. Cannataro and P. Guzzi)
  • Graph-based Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval (R. Mihalcea, D. Radev)
  • GPU Computing Gems (W. Hwu)
  • Distributed and Cloud Computing (K. Hwang, J. Dongarra, G. Fox)
  • Mathematical Foundations of Computer Networking (S. Keshav)
  • The Art of Multi-processor Programming (M. Herlihy and N. Shavit)
  • Combinatorics of Permutations (M. Bona)
  • Introduction to Quantum Optics (Y. Shih)

Hopefully our complete reading suggestion will get purchased. Each of these books will contribute to what The Turtle and the Hedgehog are currently doing in each field of interest and will be a big help for other students who will find our interests also interesting. ~_<

Excelsior!

J. A. Aborot

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Natural Computing and Process Calculus | Nature-Inspired Computing

Olah!! My adviser, Prof. H. Adorna, allowed me to join his class on Natural Computing and Process Calculus and his other class in Nature-Inspired Computing. Having read what Process Calculus (specifically Pi-Calculus) is for got me interested and excited to know more about the subject. I intend to post a review of Milner et. al.‘s seminal paper on Pi-Calculus entitled A Calculus of Mobile Processes sometime the following week. I still have lots of paper in line for reading (Computer Networks, Quantum Computing, Complexity Theory) and I really need to budget my time well. I also intend to come up with a paper with my research partner on the class on Nature-Inspired Computing. We plan to extend our previous results in solving the pattern matching problem on a single string using Quantum Computing and hopes to publish it within the sem. So help me God! ^__^

Excelsior!

J. A. Aborot

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Advanced Computer Networks. . .Achilles’ Heel

Oooh yeah! Tonight will be my first class on Advanced Computer Networks (C. Festin). Honestly, network is a subject of which I am not really very fond of and not really good at. I hope though that this semester my interest in computer networks will get sparked up..the theoretical side of it to be more specific. I am expecting a load of papers to read for this subject this sem. (Good thing I have already adjusted to having the need to read papers instead of textbooks and recognizing the fact that scientific papers are the tools of the trade for scientific researchers.)

I hope to someday solve or contribute to the solution of a hard computational problem using the idea of computer networks. I pray that I would be able to write a paper on this subject this sem for publication..more inclined to Quantum Computing of course. I am excited to look into Quantum Computer Networks and see what I can contribute to the current body of knowledge.

Hopefully my professor would be able to make me imagine of what lies beyond the state of the art and not just to do things as the current technology prescribes. So help me God ^__^

Excelsior,

Jeffrey

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Progress

Progress in science is often done by pessimists

Progress in technology is always done by optimists

~ J. Gruska

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First Day High! AY 2012-2013 2nd Sem :3

Okaaay. My classes this sem has just started Thursday last week. This will be my 4th sem in MS and it feels like it is the first. I feel like that every sem actually. Oddly, this will be my first sem ever wherein I will take up 3 subjects (9 units). I usually take up 2 subjects only every sem since I am a working student. It will be a huge thing for me to entrust to God and by faith He will help me through the sem with high enthusiasm and flying colors.

By the way my classes for this sem are Complexity Theory (H. Adorna), Advanced Computer Networks (C. Festin) and Quantum Computing (P. Naval). My thesis track for MS is on Quantum Computing and just last night I witnessed a momentous event. I attended my first ever class on the first ever (most likely) lecture on Quantum Computing in the Philippines!! by Professor P. Naval, November 13, 2012, 6 in the evening, ERDT Room, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman. I will not forget that very day. Awesomeness! \m/

Of course I am also excited with my two other subjects as well. By God’s grace I will be able to publish one paper for each of my subjects. So help me God. ~_<

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Calm Me My God

In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.

~ Psalm 4:4

One of my vulnerable moments is when I am angry. The struggle inside me is so strong that sometimes I lose control of my temper and react inappropriately. Many people who know me would often say that I am such a mild person but I also often tell them that the struggle inside me is so strong. This verse from King David’s psalm is so short and simple yet so full of wisdom. It really takes discipline to calm one’s self in times of struggle against unholy anger. It takes time to be a calm person. It takes faith to lift one’s anger to God, trusting Him that everything is going to be alright.

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The Beginning of Healing

I woke up this morning…and I sinned, but it is not an ordinary morning anymore. My heart is not callous anymore. I could say that my heart is now starting to peel off it’s callouses which built up from the moment I left God’s presence. It is now starting to hurt again whenever I do something against His will, and that hurt only confirms my existence. Now I could say again, that there is more to life…than being away from God.

You are my healer Lord. I will trust in You.

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Unexplainable Excitement :D

testing testing 123 😀

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Butterfly In My Stomach . . . Always A New Experience

Though I have always done facilitating a large group, it has always been a new experience to me every time I talked to a crowd. I never got used to it. I always had this butterfly in my stomach when I do public speaking. Seriously. Ever since high school.

Today is the first day of our User Acceptance Testing for our current project. It went well as far as I’m concerned. In fact, today is the best UAT I ever experienced during my whole software engineering career. Having kind clients is one of the best thing a software development team could ever wish for. The thing is, I am the facilitator for the 2-day activity.

I guess that is inevitable. I am excited though when the time comes that some of my staff will be the one who will be fitting my shoe. I will not always be the main man, and I am excited how much they will grow through the years under my supervision, how they will be taking the spotlight, and me sitting at the back, satisfied with the fruit of my labor.

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Butterfly In My Stomach . . . Always A New Experience

Though I have always done facilitating a large group, it has always been a new experience to me every time I talked to a crowd. I never got used to it. I always had this butterfly in my stomach when I do public speaking. Seriously. Ever since high school.

Today is the first day of our User Acceptance Testing for our current project. It went well as far as I’m concerned. In fact, today is the best UAT I ever experienced during my whole software engineering career. Having kind clients is one of the best thing a software development team could ever wish for. The thing is, I am the facilitator for the 2-day activity.

I guess that is inevitable. I am excited though when the time comes that some of my staff will be the one who will be fitting my shoe. I will not always be the main man, and I am excited how much they will grow through the years under my supervision, how they will be taking the spotlight, and me sitting at the back, satisfied with the fruit of my labor.

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