I had to pleasure to be one of the hosts for NYU group visit in Hawthorn. The students were very lucky and got to see really good talks. Robert Morris presented explained why services are so important for IBM and how research applies to business. It was really an excellent spontaneous talk and it was to bad he didn’t stick around so I could talk to him about it. Then they got to see talk on Stream Processing and how to manage real time processing and analysis for quantities of data that are possible considered impossible to handle by most common people. I also managed to see Grady Booch for the first time, in second life. He also gave an great talk about the beauty of software (www.booch.com/architecture/blog/artifacts/Turing%20Lecture.ppt) and showed the potential of second life for this kind of event. By then both Robert and Grady had my curiosity set on the future in what concerns intellectual property but I guess that’s not a good subject for showing IBM to graduate students :) eheh. It finished in beauty with Laxmi talking about the famous Genographic Project (https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/genographic). For those who still don’t know the genographic project is a joint venture between IBM and National Geographic where they try to find out more about the history of migrations using DNA. Cool!! The social aspect was also really important and I think students were happy with the feedback we gave them about IBM. By the way the lack of blog posts is mostly because Twitter is taking over all my blog post that can fit in under one hundred and something chars.
November 18, 2008