WCC 2008 
I partecipated to the 20th World Computer Congress (WCC 2008), the event organized under the advocacy of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) that took take place for the first time in Italy, in Milan from 7th to 10th September 2008, at the MIC - Milano Convention Centre.

There were various technical conferences: I attended to The 4th International Conference on Open Source Systems

The goal of OSS 2008 was to provide an international forum where a diverse community of professionals from academia, industry and public administration can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference was also meant to provide information and education to practitioners, identify directions for further research, and to be an ongoing platform for technology transfer.

The conference consisted of research papers presentations, workshops, tutorials, panels, and project demonstration.

Just to open my mind, a good plunge into the fresh water of realistic software and system development in business and research for the next future!

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Android phone 
The Android phone G1ís specs are still unknown but this phone for T-Mobile is rumored to have a 528Mhz Qualcomm 7201 processor; Data kit for USB connectivity in the box; 64-128MB Internal RAM; 256MB Internal ROM, 1GB MicroSD card; Dedicated camera button; 3.1MP camera (no flash) 2048 x 1536; Video playback files - H.264, streaming, 3GPP, MPEG4, and Codec 3GP and a Dedicated YouTube Player.


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MiniPC 
Maybe the Core Duo is still too much expensive for a middle-class customer, I don't think is too much power for you, so a MiniPC could go further, even if a Via processor or a Celeron M would be good enough.
Here we have either SATA or DDR2 Ram instead of ATA and DDR333 SDRAM, and this for only about 160x125x55mm. And please consider now 32GB or 64 GB Flash memory instead of traditional Hard disk for mass storage...
Power consumption under 20W...
Fanless so noiseless...

all in a single board computer (Mini-Nano-Pico-iTX form factor).

a touchscreen color display (why not)

Hava a look to this motherboard: Intel Core 2, Pentium and Celeron processors in a small mini-ITX form factor with the ZOTAC nForce 610i-ITX. The ZOTAC nForce 610i-ITX delivers compatibility with Intel socket LGA775 processors with 1333 MHz front-side buses.

NVIDIA GeForce 7050 graphics processor with CineFX 3.0 technology delivers DirectX 9.0 with Shader Model 3.0 compatibility

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The Semantic Web 

The Semantic Web is an evolution of the WWW in which information is machine processable (rather than being only human oriented), thus permitting browsers or other software agents to find, share and combine information more easily.

At its core the Semantic Web consists of a data model called Resource Description Framework (RDF), a variety of data interchange formats (e.g RDF/XML, N-Triples), and notations such as RDF Schema (RDFS) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL) that facilitate formal description of concepts, terms and relationships within a given domain.

(definition from Wikipedia feb'06)

Recently, it has been defined from W3C SPARQL, a query language and data access protocol for the Semantic Web.

Even our Blog at studiocapponi.com has an RDF 1.0 compliant feed.

 



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ITS - AI & Robotics for Intelligent Transportation Systems 

(Some recent works)

LISA- Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles @ CVRR/UCSD

IEEE ITS Society Newsletter - Dec 2006

ICRA2007 -Workshop on Planning, Perception and Navigation for Intelligent Vehicles (PPNIV)- Rome, April, 14 2007
The 11th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2008)
2008 IEEE InteIligent Vehicles Symposium (IV'08)



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