IEEEE CCECE 2014 and Cognitive Agent Simulation

This past week I attended IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE2014) in Toronto, Canada. I was there because of two papers I was a co-author on. The work was part of a side project I was involved in on cognitive agent simulation. The idea was inspired by the observation that in the spring time, many newborn animals are struck as they cross the street. Later in the year, it seems that fewer animals meet this fate. So have the animals which survived observed the doomed creates being struck, learned something about the environment, and managed to become more intelligent? We aimed to model this type of environment, and then re-create the most basic intelligence to try to replicate this behaviour with a cognitive agent.

I was responsible for implementing the simulation tool and the naiive learning algorithm which we also presented at the conference. The simulator was created in c/c++ and was designed in such a way that later on the intelligence algorithms could be swapped out, so that we could also experiment with more sophisticated learning algorithms.

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IEEE Format References & Citations for MS Word

Today I was working on my thesis / QE document and wanted to have IEEE style referencing included in my document (using the built in references features). At first I started trying to modify one of the existing templates (found in /Program Files/Microsoft Office/Office12/Bibliography/Styles) but quickly found this would take too much time. So when I googled, I found some clever people had already done the work for this. See the following two XSL styles that are based on the IEEE referencing format:

Bradley Farnsworth: http://bfarns.blogspot.com/2008/02/ieee-bibliography-xsl-style-sheet-for.html

Bibword: http://bibword.codeplex.com/releases/view/15365

I found the second version to be what I was looking for, since the first version did something weird with the city and publisher that I wasn’t fond of. Note: if you use the second link, make sure you enter the names in the correct format or else you will also end up with weirdness…the format is: lastname1, firstname1; lastname2, firstname2; …

Note2: This was tested with MS Word 2007. I’m not sure if it works with the latest, so if you find out, post a comment!

Here is an example of what the result looks like:

IEEE Word 2007 - Example Reference Style

Free Wireless Articles via IEEE

Just a quick post today since I’m strapped for time, but thought its pretty useful (and almost a reminder to myself to check this out later). The IEEE has put a bunch of articles related to wireless networks written by leaders in the field up for free for a limited time.

http://www2.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/focusonwireless

(I know this doesn’t benefit me directly since I already belong to those societies and could probably get access to them through my libraries, but they seem interesting enough and I will likely read at least a few the next chance I get). It’s also helpful for those people who don’t necessarily have normal access to IEEE articles a chance to try them out. Topics include Pervasive Computing, Internet Computing, Security, RFIDs and more. Check it out if you get a chance!