Posted by cadsmith on February 6, 2011
Apps for Development seeks evaluations. Sysadmins called to improve testability. Coverity leads market in automated software testing. Topicmarks does document summarization. Wrangler simplifies form-based data cleanup. Linked open data adds value. EMC released Greenplum visual language for big data. Canvas learning management system announced.
White house publishes innovation strategy. Startup America supports entrepreneurship. National Power Grid has security issues. FBI search engine developed. Local Motors announces transport design battle. National Security Space Strategy published. Russians resume plans for spaceplane. China announces 2020 science goals. Clean nuclear power is a priority in China. Japanese elderly not quick to accept bot care companions. RoboEarth networks bots globally. Surgeons communicate with nurse bots using gesture recognition. David Hanson’s bot heads advance.
Video discusses implants for humans and brains for bots. Heart cells are made from skin. Accelerometer is made of paper. Nestle tests products in huge stomach. Neer tracks group member locations. Ericsson texts money transfers. AT&T expands mobile banking. Walgreens fill prescriptions by cell cam. IntoNow promotes social TV. Digital museums are browsable in Google Art Project. There were thirty-three recent links.
Verification and Validation in Systems Engineering
This book looks at how architecture frameworks use SysML and UML 2.0. Techniques are classified as informal, static, dynamic or formal. These use inspection, testing, simulation, reference model equivalence checking and theorem proving. It proposes a unified approach to evaluate designs, including comparative metrics and procedures There is a case study of an ATM. Semantics, probabilistic behavior and performance analysis of activity diagrams are considered using the PRISM model. There are thirteen chapters.
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Posted by cadsmith on January 23, 2011
Mobile is hot as Google’s priority this year, app market of 25B in several years, Bubbly has voice tweets, and PLX XWave is a brain monitor. Tablets replace Wintel. Travel includes an all-automated hotel. Vending machines recognize faces. Philosophy promotes testing. Accessibility can be validated using A-Prompt and Cynthia Says. TestFlight can be used for IOS betas. Security has warnings about attack toolkits, non-Windows systems, printers, resumes, and smartphone seizure, though it may have over-hyped cyberwar. Remote guide dogs announced. Robotics features a comedian and window cleaner. DIY gets alerts from physical mailbox. Internet TV offered by Roku. 3D digitization is exploited for medical visualization. FEMA is looking to adapt to social media. Touch Press displays data dynamically in books. Qwiki searches for information experiences. Firefox 4 released in beta. There were 37 recent links.
Design Driven Testing: Test Smarter, Not Harder, Stephens and Rosenberg, 2010
DDT goals are to fulfill requirements, validate design and verify code. The tests are derived and refactored from the code. This is contrasted to test driven-design. The authors have implemented a process using UML dubbed ICONIX. A conceptual design is positioned midway between the use cases and detailed design. Ten-step lists are each outlined for TDD, DDT, unit, controller, scenarios, requirements, antipatterns, design, integration and algorithm testing. Sequence diagrams are shown throughout. Mock objects and services are used, and unit tests included in builds. There is some discussion of automation, but metrics are not detailed. The style of the book uses allegorical narratives based on satires of alice in wonderland and the temple of doom. This includes some poetry. There are twelve chapters and an appendix from original presentation on subject of use cases. Tips interspersed in the text, as well as inline notes or footnotes that link to other sources. Code samples demonstrate the techniques for a mobile Palm Pilot mapplet to do travel GIS hotel search for a web site.
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Posted by cadsmith on September 11, 2010
Internet media lets stamps go live, opensource code connect cities, anesthesia cross continents, search be multilingual and faculty tune syllabus stats. Tech tests Turing, engineers climate, buys self-powered parts, and ends the big bang, while art and scifi plug the void. Videojug promotes beta.
Recent links (about twenty-nine):
ai Is the Turing Test Still Relevant? A Plan for Developing the Cognitive Decathlon to Test Intelligent Embodied Behavior, Mueller (PDF)
YouTube – Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts
YouTube – Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence
augmented-reality Royal Mail Launches First Intelligent Stamps | eWEEK Europe UK
bookmark Trailmeme and the Web of Intent
books The Evolutionary Void, Peter F. Hamilton, 2010
climate Climate scientists suggest geoengineering approach with engineered nanoparticles
cognitive You Are What You Touch: How Tool Use Changes the Brain’s Representations of the Body: Scientific American
database CouchOne – Your Data. Anywhere.
The Optimistic Thought Experiment | Hoover Institution
Guest Post: Could Tiny Somaliland Become the First Cashless Society?
education Khan Academy
environment Early Warning Signs Could Show When Extinction Is Coming | Wired Science | Wired.com
forum Qvaq – Easy Discussions for Everyone
government Announcing Civic Commons – Code for America
media As It Moves Away From The Wikis, Wetpaint Launches TV News And Entertainment Site
medical Medical Daily: World’s first transcontinental anesthesia
mobile Dr Dobbs – Autonomous User Interfaces for Mobile Apps
ocr ABBYY OCR SDK for integrating intelligent and accurate OCR, ICR, OMR, barcode recognition and PDF conversion technologies
power Self powered parts will be electronic mainstay by 2020 – Pacemakers to power themselves | TechEye
quantum Quantum computing – separating hope from hype
Observations: Open-source personal robotics seeks a community to make it affordable
robots ready to take over your home on [technabob]
science Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: Non-Expanding Cosmology Attempts To Oust Big Bang Theory
7 Excellent Website To Test And Compare Website Speed | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers
Dr Dobbs – Unit Testing Tools ‘Suite’ Up
translation Linguee – The web as a dictionary – German/English
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Posted by cadsmith on August 17, 2010
The internet wants to be the answer. It has tied together all of the testimonials and provided search to find sources, and rankings to reveal the best. Women can review unbiased medical advice, and patients all of their records. It can reshape itself from smartphones if needed. Show sensors tell people what to hear. Robotics reports progress in batteries, walking, emotions and space travel. The brain is almost mapped. Beyond scifi, the imagination is also scenic, intriguing and mysterious.
Recent links (twenty-two):
Swingly | It’s time you got some answers.
Exploring How to Build a Cloud With Smartphones – ReadWriteCloud
IBM’s Cloud Computing Coming to a Hospital Near You
4 Tools for Assessing Cloud Performance – ReadWriteCloud
FindTheBest.com | Find. Compare. Decide.
The Best Top 10, Top 100 & More Lists: List Making is Easy at Ranker | Ranker – A World of Lists
Boston-Power heads to the moon – Boston Business Journal
A Robot Capable of Developing Bonds and Showing Emotions
IEEE Spectrum: Iran’s Humanoid Robot Surena 2 Walks, Stands on One Leg (Video)
Robot to escort on space shuttle mission: NASA – International Business Times
Kraken, China Mieville, 2010
Terminal World, Alastair Reynolds, 2010
The Dervish House, Ian McDonald, 2010
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Posted by cadsmith on September 6, 2009
Doctors have discovered a cure for illegible handwriting. All medical data is becoming digital. Real-time patient data is included in hospitals. Patients own the data. It can be accessed anywhere/anytime by logging onto a portal.
Besides security, there are issues analogous to celebrity athletes encouraged to undergo strictly private tests only to have their results published in the press. Patient commentary outlets are yet to be defined.
The US government has earmarked at least a couple of billion dollars for IT infrastructure to spread across clinics. Broadband allows online access at the highest possible bandwidths. An electronic medical record (EMR) is generated by a treatment organization. An electronic health record (EHR) is the set of EMRs from all places. Advantages are compliance, efficiency, access, reporting, coding, and quality. These are required to support meaningful use features including computerized order entry, drug interaction checking, maintaining an updated problem list, and generation of transmissible prescriptions. Interoperability of Health Information Exchange (HIE) is a major theme. The criteria are expected to become more complex in 2013.
The new gear changes procedures and vice-versa. Not as many filing clerks are needed. Templates and quality reports are broadly well-defined. Database use schema, or at least have formats to allow vendors to translate to eachother. Redundant tests are less necessary since a patient’s complete history and status are known. Loss of data is an issue. Records need to be kept for 7 to 21 years depending upon local regulations so previous paperwork is still saved. Thorough consistent quality checks are essential. Medical device testing is rigorous, e.g. FDA clinical trials, so medical data is expected to have regulatory monitoring. Open data standards are required.
Early adopters have already started to avoid an expected EMR backlog. The transition is gradual since this new type of productivity effort needs acclimation. It requires a project plan to complete, and ongoing management in addition to tech support. New patients are easier to add since previous hardcopy records do not need to be input. Insurance providers, Medicare and Medicaid offer incentives by rewarding 44k or more after successful implementation to lower insurance premiums. Financing loans are available. Preliminary certification begins in October. 20% of transition attempts have been unsuccessful due to a variety of causes such as functional, technical, integration, incompatibility, usability, dysfunctional, or expense. Transition times are expected to be reduced as procedures are debugged. Clinics which grow in size may need to change EMR providers.
The data types are familiar, e.g. accepted standards such as HL7, XML and export to PDF. Imaging devices generate more graphics, e.g. CT and MRI. Record storage is networked, locally and on the internet. Snapshots are kept on USB, smartcard, bracelet and, in some cases, implant. Realtime data is significant in the ER and OR and streamed from patient monitors elsewhere, e.g. wirelessly transmitting vitals using 802.11. Drawing conclusions from the database may require filling in blanks or adding more resolution.
Private clinics are growing in number. Hospital IT is simultaneously adding more sophisticated management and research systems, e.g. Microsoft Amalga. EMR implementations are going on internationally, e.g. Taiwan. Pervasive medical surveillance is part of larger efforts. The world’s biggest democracy, India, is requiring national ID cards.
Also see wiki topic.
Image: Structural MRI
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Posted by cadsmith on June 28, 2009
Test categories can be expanded to deal with the new dimensions of online knowledge. As the consequences of errors go up, risk increases. Devices can be reset to restore operations, but this is not as easy for entire networks or groups. Separate levels of representation introduce probability of discrepancies between physical, data and metadata levels. This occurs for example in government, security, or medical databases. Accuracy and analysis at the new scales of storage and transactions are expected to occur in real-time to support services. Stability is usually provided by vendor alliances or regulatory agencies which fund the generation of standards, yet practices are being objectively reviewed for likely survivability in current economic phase. Social requirements sometimes seem to result in a “lunatic fringe” which simultaneously contradicts accepted rules yet may provide solutions which can be adapted to more general cases. News about what works spreads through novel applications of media. Testing and engineering basics may be picked up by users earlier in their experience and systems can be more self-repairing. Eventually some form of this finds its way into the hardware and materials so that people can attend to the matters that are important to them and knowledge interacts at more primitive levels. Hopefully, this can be extended to wider orbits.
Incidentally, in case of artistic inspiration, Aviary can be used as online graphic editor, e.g. for avatars.
Readings: Sanderson 2009 on Google AE in progress, Rubin 2008 usability, Cooper 2008 GWT, Thatcher 2006 accessibility, and Shlain 2009 medical.
Image: Moon occults Saturn.
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