Himebaugh Pre Talk Discussion

Scribe: Peter Short
Attending: Dean, Dominic, Mberry, Dr. Palmer

Extended analog computing throws out the old ideas of computers and replaces them with more efficient means

There are 3 different types of irises. The idea of extended analog computing converts multiple images of each type of iris, and converts the data into electronic signals.
Extended analog computing has a component similar to neural networks where you pass it a single image of an iris and it returns a prediction for which type of iris it believes you gave it.

Palmer is aware that they use this as part of a circuitry for prosthetic limbs because it is very fast.
A signal from the body moves the prosthetic arm.

So, okay, this evening the conversation will be about going into research and its pros and cons.

Mberry: Do you like doing research?
Palmer: I really enjoy teaching, and turns out any place that is worth teaching at you need a PhD. You need to do research to maintain tenure. He enjoys the success that we have at JCU as far as getting students to do research and tying in the educational experience.

Mberry: IBM had so many types of research, but was intimidated by the difficulty of their research.

It sounds like a big black box that just works.

We really want to learn more about this technology because we have only scratched the surface.

Talked about coming up with questions.

Scribe: Haylie Toth
Attending: Callen, Dr. Palmer (plus Peter, Luke and Craig then some others as well)

Topic: Extended analog computing
This is a fundamentally different approach than what are accustomed to. It is based more on physical properties.

Think: Block of foam which you can put probes in and apply a current. Multi input and output sections which work with data.

We are hoping to get a better understanding of this through the presentation.

Is Himebaugh teaching or just researching?
-Most likely just researching.

We then spent some time figuring out what Himebaugh is doing/his roots and all that.

Cleveland Clinic Radiology Team Review:

We felt it was a really good discussion. The presentation was well done using different specific topics to go through. There wasn’t a comprehensive list of what you need to know as software developer but a general understanding of things.

They stressed importance of interpersonal skills and not being the weird, isolated developer.

The Cleveland Clinics work with JCU is really cool. We discussed how they’ve done a lot with the programs.

Working for companies that aren’t software companies, the need for good communication skills is very important
One important skill is knowing how to learn, rather than what to learn.

Craig’s Google interviewing process:
The whole thing was a mess. He had to apply, then take a test, then a survey, then an interview, then another test, and another survey (or something like that).
They gave obscure questions which they didn’t even have the answer to.
He said he thinks they were more interested in how you go about solving a problem, rather than getting a correct answer
Added that everyone he talked to was super friendly though!!!!

Internship versus Real Job
The small numbers of workforce vs. how hard it is to get a job seems like an odd concept.

Internship interview questions are more general than job interviews.