Arpan Chakraborty's Blog

Over the years I've become fascinated with what they call artificial intelligence, and related stuff like vision, robotics, cognitive science, etc. Having been a computer science graduate student at NC State for a year now, I've learnt a lot of interesting things and cleared a bunch of misconceptions. But like Isaac Newton said... "I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
Playing the guitar, Kayaking, Reading books - fiction, mystery, Robotics, Chess, Soccer

OLPC - Leveling the playing field

November 7, 2012

When technological innovation takes place in one location, it almost has an avalanche effect - it leads to the development of the whole region, with better education, commerce and quality of life. On the flip side, it also creates a great divide between regions that did embrace such progress and areas ...


November 7, 2012

I am off of the course-taking cycle now, but I do believe courses can be fun - no, seriously! Especially when they are taught by excellent profs such as those at State. For instance, Dr Carla Savage teaches her Graph Theory course with some new twist each time. When I was ...

Key to success?

October 5, 2012

There is no key to success. It is a combination lock! Jeff Haden has nicely pointed out the different numbers that one needs to put in place to make good progress in one's professional life. His opinion that experience is irrelevant while accomplishments matter a lot is somewhat bold ...

2012-2013 Action Plan

September 26, 2012

This (academic) year is going to become really intensive - I can say that for sure. My plan is to finish up work on my research and write up my dissertation in the coming 6-8 months. Then, if everything goes well, I hope to defend end of Spring or Summer 2013 ...

Wordles and sketches

April 18, 2012

Here's a neat little tool I came across today: Wordle. You can create your own word-clouds by simply pasting a bunch of text into a box, or even better, giving it a URL that has a feed associated with it. A wordle of recent STARS blog entries, neat and ...