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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Friday, February 4, 2011

Today marks the 45th day and I am still thinking...
Did it really happen and what if it would not have happened?
I could not collect enough courage to jot down these words.

We will try our best to continue on the path that you illuminated.

Mom, please rest in peace.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cleaning the 16inch Telescope Mirror

Thanks to Prof. Delano, we were able to bring the 16-inch lens down.
It requires some cleaning up after about 40 5/6 years. The controller was also not functioning properly. The previous posts on observatory can be found here...
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 The concave reflector. Yes, it needed cleaning!
BARSKA 40070 Starwatcher Compact Refractor Telescope with Table Top Tripod And Carrying Case National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night SkyThe Night Sky 40°-50° (Large) Star Finder

Sunday, September 26, 2010

How to inspire your students?

It is said that it takes a whole village to raise kids...
The statement reflects the power a teacher has during the grooming of the kids in the classroom and beyond.

Some teachers took the parabolic flight, defying gravity and doing the experiments designed by their kids.

I think in the wake interest in increasing the number of students in STEM, one can devise NSF projects for such fun and inspiring projects.

How do you inspire your students?

Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their BrainsTeaching to Change Lives: Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come AliveFirst Year Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-To-Use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day (J-B Ed: Survival Guides)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What is Information?

What is Information?
Is it the data that you collect? Is it the statement that your mother makes when advising not to go outside in the dark? Or is it what you think on what you know about what you are thinking?
Defining information is not so trivial.
Try it, feel free to share on comments.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Seaswarm: Autonomous Oil absorbing robot

When the Gulf oil spill occured, attempts were made to clean it manually. It required deploying thousands of workers and still only few percentage of the spill was collected.  The spill had very bad effects on the environment. Just google gulf oil spill in pictures.
Now researchers at MIT have come up with an autonomous robot to collect the oil from such spill. The video below shows how swarm of networked robots can be used to collect such spill.
The idea is nice because it does not need human intervention. Once left on the spill site, it can work spontaneously.
The Exxon Valdez's Deadly Oil Spill (Code Red)The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup, Second EditionDisaster in the Gulf - British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico: Impacts on Wildlife, Fisheries, Cleanup Efforts, Investigation (Ringbound Book and DVD-ROM)