I have been developing a graduate math course on ‘Information theory and its application to A.I.’ However, due to some departmental needs, it is likely that I will end up teaching Mathematical Analysis I for undergraduates and Real Analysis for graduates. The ‘Real Analysis‘ course will contain certain essential parts of ‘Functional Analysis.’
I would like to thank al for celebrating my birthday: from the left, Inmo Lee, Taehoon Kim, Dr. Rezzy Eko Caraka, myself, Tselmuun Munkhjin, Miji Kim. (Tselmuun is not my student, but prof. Jung’s. Prof. Jung and I share the same graduate lab space.) By the way, Nov. 21st is not my birthday. 🙂 They did it earlier because Dr. Caraka was going to attend conferences in Indonesia.
I am attending IPAM workshop series on ‘Computational Microscopy’ this week at IPAM, UCLA: workshop II (Oct. 24 – 28) was on ‘Mathematical Advances for Multi-dimensional Microscopy’ and workshop III (Nov. 14 – 18) is on ‘Cryo-Electron Microscopy and Beyond.’
You can watch the talks in workshop II in the IPAM youTube channel. (You may find me or hear me in one of the talks asking a question.) The talks in workshop III will be up on youTube as soon as the workshop ends.
It is wonderful to see how the field has been evolving and maturing. Especially, I was impressed by the VAE approach for the continuous model of atomic distribution for conformational changes. There are still quite a few uncertain aspects of the consequences because we do not know what the latent variables really represent. Nevertheless, I am quite happy to see that it is opening up a new chapter in the field with the help of A.I.
In front of IPAM (Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics) with my student, T. Kim.
내가 지도학생들과의 첫 만남에서 늘 묻는 질문이 있다. “너가 가진 꿈이 무엇이냐?”
This is one question that I ask my M.S. or Ph.D. students when we first meet them: what is your dream?
꿈과 목표에 대해 헷갈리는 학생들이 많다. 대부분은 꿈에 대하여 물었는데, 단기 목표에 대한 얘기를 주로 한다. 일반적으로는 꿈이 없다. 무엇이 “꿈”인지 잘 모르는 것 같기도 하다. 모두가 너무나 어린 나이에 현실적이인 사람이 되어 버렸다.
Many students do not seem to understand what makes dreams different from goals. Many had told me their short term goals such as jobs. It seems to me that our society had stopped asking students to dream big or even giving them chances to dream big.
꿈이 밥먹여 주냐고 말을 할 수도 있겠지만, 꿈을 꾸는 것은 젊은이들의 특권이라 생각한다. 꿈이 크든 작든 그 꿈을 향해 달려가면 당연히 실패를 하는 순간이 있을 것이고, 그 실패를 통해서 사고의 깊이와 너비가 확장이 되며, 다른 이들을 배려하고 협동하는 법을 배우게 되지 않을까 싶다. 그리고 젊은이들이 꿈을 꾸며 실패해도 다시 일어설 수 있도록 환경을 만들어 주는 것이 기성세대가 다음 세대를 위해 해야 할 매우 중요한 일인것 같다. 어찌보면 기성세대들이, 그리고 현재의 교육체계가 젊은이들이 꿈을 꾸지 못하도록 알게 모르게 방해를 하고 있지는 않은지…
나는 그래도 꿈을 꿀 수 있는 시대에 살았던 것 같다. 내가 학생들에게 꿈이 무엇이냐고 묻고, 더 큰 꿈을 꾸라고 말은 하지만, 그러한 말을 하기가 미안한 시대인 것 같다. 그럼에도 불구하고 꿈을 꾸라고 계속 말해주고 싶다.
위 영상의 내용처럼, 내 앞에 놓여진 도구를(환경을) 먼저 보고 나의 꿈을 제한하기 보다는, 내가 먼저 꿈을 꾸고 그 꿈을 위해 필요한 도구를 찾고, 꿈을 이룰 수 있는 환경을 찾아가는 학생들이 많아지면 좋겠다.
The solution sheet can be found in the course page under ‘Teaching’.
Sir Roger Penrose is a mathematical physicist who is a Nobel Laureate, and whose name is in the Moore-Penrose pseudoinverse of a matrix.
Sir Roger Penrose thinks of himself as an atheist. Nevertheless, he says that there has to be a much deeper purpose of the universe. The universe is not purposeless. He even believes that there is something before the Big Bang. It is quite interesting to hear an atheist saying that something is there. I hope he will end up with seeking God, himself.
William Lane Craig is a Christian philosopher, supporting the existence of God by various reasons including scientific ones, astrophysics, cosmology, etc.
I like his voice, especially at his old age. It feels so comforting. As a side note, Andrea Bocelli lost his sight at the age of 12.
I would also like you to enjoy this man’s great voice while doing the homework. 🙂 You may find yourself relaxed and energized to finish your homework early. 🙂
This first song was sung with his little daughter Virginia Bocelli.
The second song was sung with Celine Dion.
The third song was sung with Luciano Pavarotti who spotted Bocelli’s talent and stayed supportive of him. They are about 20 years apart.
What these people haven’t considered is that we can make a turn by simply leaning towards the direction to which we want to make a turn. You don’t have to turn the handle bar first to the left to go left. You can simply let your body lean to the left. You will see yourself naturally turning the handle bar to the left while leaning to the left not to fall. No need to turn the handle bar slightly to the right first as you can see in the video. 🙂
Nevertheless, I find it very interesting to see that a bike can balance itself not to fall downhill without a rider due to the particular geometry of the bike.
This article sounds like a short interview with Blundell and Veličković, the DeepMind duo. They have come to realize that somewhere between two extremes, Deep learning and Classical algorithms, lies the next level A.I.