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My first academic publication

In the world of academia, especially higher academia beyond the under-graduate level, one measure of success is number of publications. Following my work from the first 4 months, I have my first publication, though getting this one wasn’t too difficult given the criteria. It is a late breaking abstract submission to the HRI 2009 conference in San Diego, California in March. This type of submission isn’t as prominent as others to the conference due to a generous acceptance rate, but still, it’s my first one!

For the first 4 months, I did some interesting work. I used the OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator to read brain waves muscle tension. Although some reviewers and my initial perceptions of this device led me to think I could use it for thought-based control, the reality was very different. At any rate, I was able to use input from this device to control an iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner.

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Above appears the first page of 2 of my academic paper.

Speaking of academic publications, I am expecting to appear in a publication of a different kind. The UNB Saint John Computer Science is apparently going to use a picture of me in Europe in an upcoming brochure along with my testimonial about the Student Abroad program! I’ll update when I know more about this.