So the Wiki for IRIDIA is up and running!
Currently there are the following articles:
- Moving to Brussels - Information on transport, short- and long-term accommodation, inscription etc.
- Surviving in Brussels - What you need to know once you have found a place to stay.
- Workstation configuration - How to setup your personal workstation and laptop, printers, etc.
- Introduction to evolutionary robotics - Reading material for beginners (when Elio gets it done)
- Robot labs around the World
- The Real da Vinci Code (Wired article) - Is his mysterious three-wheeled cart a proto automobile? A remote-controlled robot? A rolling Renaissance computer? The quest to rebuild Leonardo's "impossible machine."
- Supercomputer breaks speed record (BBC article) - The US is poised to push Japan off the top of the supercomputing chart with IBM's prototype Blue Gene/L machine. DOE test results show that Blue Gene/L has managed speeds of 70.72 teraflops.
- Duke Wall Climbing Robot (Robots.net article) - A recent PhysOrg.com article describes a Duke University wall climbing robot, name Walter, that took first prize at the seventh annual International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots.
- Organised chaos gets robots going (New Scientist article) - A control system based on chaos has made a simulated, multi-legged robot walk successfully. The researchers behind the feat say it may have brought us closer to understanding how people and animals learn to move.
- Early Language Acquisition: Cracking the Speech Code (Nature Review article) - Infants learn language with remarkable speed, but how they do it remains a mystery. New data show that infants use computational strategies to detect the statistical and prosodic patterns in language input, and that this leads to the discovery of phonemes and words.
- The Single Neuron Theory of Consciousness (paper) - Steven Sevush of University of Miami School of Medicine takes this idea down to the level of individual neurons in a 2002 paper, The Single Neuron Theory of Consciousness, just released online. Sevush believes "a single brain at any given moment harbors many separate conscious minds, each one assumed to be associated with the activity of a different individual neuron". He suggests that because all these "conscious beings" that reside in a single brain have very similar experiences, it feels like a single "stream of consciousness" to us instead of a "chorus of minds
A Wiki is an excellent tool to maintain dynamic information. If you want to add something to this Wiki feel very free contact the system administrator and get an account. It is straight-forward to add and change the information in MediaWiki. Simply press edit on the top of this page to see how it was done. If you create a link to a non-existing page within this Wiki you can create that page by following the link - of course you would need a login to do so!. Pictures and documents have to be uploaded before they can be used on pages. All popular image formats are supported and pdf and ps documents are allowed.
For more information on the Wiki mark-up language see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_edit_a_page. When you become good at it, you can make cool looking pages.