A new research fellowship, and an Interview with Tested.com

Before getting to the interview, a quick bit of news. About six weeks ago I hung up my Medical Tricorder hat, and returned to the University of Arizona to begin a new Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in their new Natural Language Processing group. I’m absolutely loving the new group, the wonderful research, and that my cute little home in Tucson has plenty of geckos living in the garden!

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman’s Tested.com recently posted a very in-depth, fun, and entertaining interview with me by Norman Chan where we had the opportunity to chat about the Tricorder project, open source design, and my academic research in artificial intelligence. From the interview (speaking about my visualization experiments with the Science Tricorders):

…This collection of sensors is often called an inertial measurement unit. By coupling that collection of sensors with other sensors, say a non-contact infrared sensor, then you’re theoretically able to pair the Science Tricorder’s orientation in space with the temperature of what it’s pointing at, and (after waving it back and forth for a few seconds) construct something like a very low resolution thermal image for very low cost.

While that’s very exciting, the technique is fairly general, and so you could conceivably fuse the readings from additional sensors to, for example, make a volumetric image of the magnetic field intensity and direction in a given space, which is something that to my knowledge isn’t done with off-the-shelf instruments today.

You can read the full interview here.

Current.com Interview: Dr. Peter Jansen

Current.com, part of Al Gore’s Current Media, recently posted an interview with me by Delia the Artist. Delia’s recent interviews include Woodrow Clark II (Nobel Peace Prize Winner) and Kari Byron (Mythbuster), which is unbelievable company to be in.

From the interview:

Dr. Peter Jansen is an eclectic scientist with the heart of a Trekkie. His Tricorder designs, inspired by the science of Star Trek, are open source and available online for anyone to build, experiment with and enhance. Dr. Jansen is also active in the Artificial Intelligence world, where he is taking “baby steps” in creating robots that think for themselves!

You can read the full interview here.

Reuters article: Scientist beams up a real “Star Trek” tricorder

The folks at Thomson Reuters just published a great article by Frank Simons about the Tricorder project, from a Star Trek perspective. Be sure to check your local newspaper’s entertainment section to see if they’ve picked up the article!

It was really fun getting to interview with Frank about the Tricorder project. He’s a self-professed Trekkie (or, is it Trekker, I can never remember the distinction), and knew every obscure reference that I threw at him. Thanks again for all your hard work and a great article Frank!

link: Scientist beams up a real “Star Trek” tricorder