(New Rochelle, NY) -- David Ferrucci, PhD, an IBM fellow and the principal investigator for the Watson/Jeopardy! Project, has been named as the 2012 Iona College Graduate Commencement speaker and the recipient of an honorary doctoral degree. He will deliver his remarks at Iona College on May 19.
Widely known for his 2007 challenge to create a computer system that can rival human champions at the game of Jeopardy!, the analytics of Dr. Ferrucci’s Watson technology may be adopted by the world’s biggest financial services network, Citigroup.
Ferrucci is an alumnus of Iona Grammar and Iona Preparatory Schools, he graduated from Manhattan College in Bronx, NY with a BS in biology and received his PhD in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY specializing in knowledge representation and reasoning.Read more
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has pushed back the completion date for its electronic security program by another two years
until 2014, putting the program nearly six years behind its original scheduled completion date, according to a progress report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
In February 2012, the MTA completed all of the projects planned under Phase 1 of the capital security program, begun in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, with the notable exception of the electronic security program. This program has encountered numerous setbacks and is now expected to be completed in June 2014 at a cost of $516 million, nearly double original estimates. The MTA has completed two of the 16 construction projects slated for Phase 2 of the program, but it intends to defer six projects due to lack of funding.Read more
The web site for Westchester County in New York was hacked. The site is currently closed for maintenance. A notice about the incident was sent to county workers.
The site was hacked following the installation of a third-party extension to the Joomla software which is used as the content management system for the county web site. No information was available on possible losses of confidential data.Read more
If you have seen a car driving around New Rochelle the last couple of days with a strange device sticking up out of the roof you might have been wondering what's going on. Talk of the Sound caught up with the vehicle on Aberfoyle Road near Webster Avenue. The vehicle is collecting digital map data for NAVTEQ. The device on top of the car is taking photos from multiple angles
NAVTEQ provides map data used in portable GPS devices made by Garmin, Lowrance, NDrive, web applications such as Yahoo! Maps, Bing Maps, and MapQuest, automotive navigation systems for many car makers, and games such as Microsoft's Flight Simulator. The company is the dominant player in the digital mapping space.Read more
As Talk of the Sound has grown, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people posting articles, not just comments. Obviously, these folks want their articles to be read and articles with a photo are more likely to be read (its just human nature) so we want to explain the best, easiest, fastest way to do this.
The simplest way to publish articles and photos to Talk of the Sound is to user software like Red Sweater's MarsEdit (Mac) or Microsoft's Windows Live Writer (Windows). These programs allow you to add a photo or upload a PDF file along with your article.
To use this type of software you need to do a one-time set up your blog. Once you have set up your blog within Talk of the Sound in MarsEdit, WLW or similar, posting is as easy as sending an email.
This one-time set up requires access to something called an API for the Drupal software that is the Content Management System we use for the site.Read more
Cablevision has sent out an email to customers warning them to expect television interference due to a phenomenon known as "sun outages" in the coming days. The say these outages occur twice a year, during the spring and fall.
This spring they will occur between March 1st and March 9th. Initially, interference will occur on a few stations for 5 to 6 minutes, starting on March 1st but then impact all stations, peaking at 11 to 12 minutes on March 5th then diminishing to 7 to 8 minutes on March 8th before ending on March 9th.Read more
New Rochelle, NY (February 2012) – Inspired by an elective course that they took in iPhone/iPad applications development, two talented and enterprising undergraduate students majoring in computer science at Iona College have taken their idea for a new music app to the marketplace.
Nicholas Krzemineski ’12 of White Plains, who will graduate this June and Sean O’Shea ’13 of Monroe, New York are encouraged by the initial market response to the iTraxs app they developed in the classroom. Available for purchase on the Apple Store for $.99, iTraxs allows the listener to select songs and other music from their music library on their iPhone and play only their favorite parts. The user can listen to the edited music before adding it to their iTraxs library.Read more