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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Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Favorite Nine Blog Posts by Nepali Bloggers

I missed the Fifth Online Blogger Bhela (see पाँचौं अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय नेपाली ब्लगर भेला समिक्षा तथा Archive).  

As a guilty pleasure, I am posting my favorite nine blog posts. Here are they not arranged in any particular order...
    I have to say, when I encountered few many Nepali tweetpals, I thought these guys are here just for fun. However, among the zigery-pokery, a nice thing emerged: Tweet For Cause Nepal (TFC-Nepal). Now the tweets by Nepali tweetpals are being directly used for helping children. Neat!
    (Not to mention: I also liked the travel diary by Aakar.)
    This one by Archana G is good one. Culture in 21st century. Do we ask enough questions?
    Although written lightly, it touches the deeper subject of Nepali culture on punctuality and timelessness. If we can not get the time right, where do we go from there?
    (Not to mention: the helpful posts by Dilip G for new and old bloggers.)
    I like this collection of Nepali blog walls by Nepalean G. While people take pleasure in claiming to be the pioneer in Nepali blogging and put the self-pride, I ask them: what have you done to really better Nepali Blog-o-sphere?
    This is the one stop for new or old bloggers to take references from.
    Dhaiba G, has done a great work in bringing the face of the creators. Hats off to his dedications!
    Against the flow: Basant G is one of the example in recent history where he returns to Nepal and faces the question: "kati lyais ta?"
    Well, it still needs to be highlighted: what academicians  brings to country is bigger than the paisa...
    You can not buy gyan by paisa. Wishing him all the best.
    ... देश चलाउनेहरु एउटा कन्ट्रयाक्टमा सचेत बर्गलाइ विदेश पठाएर आफु बलेको आगो ताप्न खोज्छ. Why do we need to sell the labor to other country? This needs some serious attention
    Language is not my subject. However, this post in interesting and seems the author has done some nice research in the topic. I like this as an example of how a blog post can be good if it is well researched/written.
    Among lots of post about being aboard, this one touches you. If you are aboard, this will put you in the frame. 
Please do share yours. Getting Nine out of so many was a hard problem. I was very much tempted to get few more, but I disciplined myself on the (already decided) number.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Nepalese Physicists departing from Nepal in Fall 2011

Thanks to Sanjiv G (Mahesh G and Yubraj G), we present a list of Nepalese physicists departing from Nepal for the Fall 2011.
The list is not yet complete, will be updated as more info comes in.

1.Udaya Raj Dahal- University of Connecticut
2.Niraj Raj Ghimire -University of Connecticut
3.Basant Kumar Dhital- City University of New York, Graduate Center
4.Subin Sahu- Oregon state University
5.Jeevan G.C.- Florida International University
6.Anup Pandey- Ohio University
7.Hem Moktan- Oklahoma state University
8.Yubaraj Malakar- Kansas state University
9.Sudeep Jung Pandey- University of Central Florida
10.Dhan Bahadur Rana- New Mexico State University
11.Diwakar Sigdel- Florida International University
12. Raju Timilsina- Central Michigan University
13.Ekraj Dahal-Boston college
14.Uttar Pudasaini-Old Dominion University
15.Gajadhar Joshi- University of Uttah
16. Rajesh Panthi- Oklahoma state University
17.Bhim Prasad Chaulagain- Wayne State University
18.Niraj Shrestha- University of Memphis
19.Namoona Pandey-Florida International University
20.Alina Karki-Ohio University
21.Sudiksha Khadka- Ohio University
22. Yuba Raj Dahal- Kansas State University
23. Pratap Timalsina- Kansas State University
24. Yuba Raj Poudel-University of Idaho
25. Ashish Sapkota - Iowa State University
26. Ganesh Pokhrel- University of Memphis, Tennessee
27. Jiba Nath Dahal- University of Memphis, Tennessee
28. Shreeram Acharya-University of Central Florida
29. Amrit Laudari- Missouri State University
30. Prakash Nepal- University of Wisconsin
31. Khagendra Adhikari-Univ of southern Mississippi
32. Ek Raj Adhikari-Univ of southern Mississippi 

I would recommend that the students should become life member of NPS before they depart.

Please let us know if someone is missing.
Please join Google group of NPS:!forum/nps_nepal

I had written about my experiences of departure here:

And what to pack here... (the list needs revision as per your destination: hot/cold, but gives a general idea)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What do Teachers Make?

They make the difference!

Two videos:

This one is very strong:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

RoboSub 2011

Robosub ( is a competition involving Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). The challenge is to overcome the obstacles and perform the tasks without human interventions.
The winners are:

1st Place: ETS Team SONIA (awarded $7,000)
2nd Place : Cornell University (awarded $4000)
3rd Place: University of Florida (awarded $3,000)
4th Place : Reykjavik University (awarded $2,000)
5th Place: University of Maryland (awarded $500)
6th Place: University of Rhode Island (awarded $500)
7th Place: United States Naval Academy
8th Place: North Carolina State University

Mayor's Cup for Community Outreach: Carl Hayden High School (awarded $1,000)
Second Chance Award: University of Central Florida (awarded $1,000)
Outstanding Technical Mentorship: University of Maryland ($500)
Hardware is Hard Award: Utah State University (awarded $500)
Innovation on a Budget Award: Mesa College (awarded $500)
Best Paper Award: Kyushu University (awarded $500)
The video:

The team describes the challenges and the experience during the competition:

 A great collection of their papers etc:

Monday, July 11, 2011

Attending MaxEnt 2011 in Waterloo, Canada

I am attending MaxEnt 2011 in Waterloo Canada.

Travelling to Waterloo was slightly involved because of the few reasons. The first one was the visa issues. At least, I am thankful that it arrived a week before my departure. Few of my friends could not make it due to the delays. Another one was that the airfare to the nearby airport was  very very expensive.  So, I travelled via Toronto (about an hour drive).
However, the best part of the airport was that the the wifi was free. So, I quickly joined the network and started calling people while waiting for my shuttle to arrive.

Here, in MaxEnt 2011, I will be presenting my work on collaborative experimental design by two intelligent agents.  The abstract of the talk can be found here ...(PDF!)
The work is the result of the overall successful (past) developments (by the Giants) of the Bayesian method of inference, experimental design techniques and the order-theoretic approach to questions. 
We view the intelligent agents as the question asking machines and we want them to be able to design experiments in an automated fashion to achieve the given goal.  Here we illustrate how the joint entropy turns out to be the useful quantity when we want the intelligent agents to efficiently learn together.
The details are in paper, which will be put in arxiv soon.

On the side notes:

Google detected right away that I "moved" to canada. So they wanted to offer

yahoo music does not seem to work!

Pandora does not work.