Nabin K. Malakar, Ph.D.

I am a computational physicist working on societal applications of machine-learning techniques.

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My research interests span multi-disciplinary fields involving Societal applications of Machine Learning, Decision-theoretic approach to automated Experimental Design, Bayesian statistical data analysis and signal processing.


Interested about the picture? Autonomous experimental design allows us to answer the question of where to take the measurements. More about it is here...


I addition to the research, I also like to hike, bike, read and play with water color.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Constellations in the Southern Sky

Last summer, 2008, I was in Sao Paulo Brazil for MaxEnt 2008 conference. Aside the academic matters, we had chance to see the night sky. I have to tell you that the night sky in southern Hemisphere is very very different.
Because of the orientation of the earth, the spiral of the milky way towards center of Galaxy could be seen. It was equally exciting to see the Alpha Centauri from there.

After the Anonymous commented, I wanted to write a little bit on it: (Thanks Anonymy!)
The Milky way galaxy we see in the northern sky is going from north to south. In there, we can see the spiral arm of the Milky way and the center of the galaxy; which is exciting! The Alpha Centauri was also saying hello! from about four and half light years, the whole night sky was so gorgeous! I don't know if you have seen the beauty of sky in the darkness!

See the apod:
The picture is "Astronomy picture of the day". The sky was not much different.
 Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational AstronomyNightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the UniverseStargazing

Monday, May 4, 2009

Wake up, grab the dream and live it!

Larry Page: the creator of Page Rank system and the founder of Google has given an inspiring note on the commencement of 2009 @ University of Michigan.

Here is a brief quote from his speech:
Well, I had one of those dreams when I was 23. When I suddenly woke up, I was thinking: what if we could download the whole web, and just keep the links and... I grabbed a pen and started writing! Sometimes it is important to wake up and stop dreaming. I spent the middle of that night scribbling out the details and convincing myself it would work. Soon after, I told my advisor, Terry Winograd, it would take a couple of weeks to download the web -- he nodded knowingly, fully aware it would take much longer but wise enough to not tell me. The optimism of youth is often underrated! Amazingly, I had no thought of building a search engine. The idea wasn't even on the radar. But, much later we happened upon a better way of ranking webpages to make a really great search engine, and Google was born. When a really great dream shows up, grab it!


Larry Page's University of Michigan Commencement Address here...