Helgi Hilmarsson

Posts by Helgi Hilmarsson

Pinnability: Pinterest’s machine learning models

by on August 4, 2017 12:00 pm
According to google, Pinterest currently has 70 million monthly active users with number of photos (pins) growing 75% each year being 50 billion in 2015. With tens of millions of users (pinners) interacting with those pins each day one has to wonder how you manipulate algorithms to personalize each pinner’s view, making sure that they… Read more Pinnability: Pinterest’s machine learning models

Big Data & Sports

by on July 27, 2017 9:36 am
Using statistics in sports in not a new thing. Team’s win rates and a basketball player’s shooting rate are for example terms that often come up in a sport-related conversation. However with the fast-growing ability of acquiring data, statistics are becoming a huge part of every single sport that is out there. Data has become… Read more Big Data & Sports

Wireless Charging

by on July 21, 2017 10:35 am
Last year I got my first bluetooth speaker. I kept it in my bathroom (of course) and it was really nice, no cables – no problems. Except of course when it ran out of batteries and I had to jump out of the shower and search for the cable all wet. With IoT and bluetooth… Read more Wireless Charging

Quantum Computing: Understanding the qubit

by on July 14, 2017 11:05 am
Last Friday, Dr. Jeff Welser , Vice President of IBM research, came to class where he talked about IBM and their research program. In the end of his talk he addressed quantum computing (QQ) and quickly explained the idea and its applications. It was probably not the first time you heard about how powerfull QQ… Read more Quantum Computing: Understanding the qubit

Self-driving cars: What to do with collected data?

by on July 7, 2017 1:59 pm
Last Friday afternoon we had Deputy Director & Deputy State CIO, Chris Cruz, come to class where he spoke about what the state of California is doing in matters regarding IT. There was no surprise that the state truly is a pioneer in those matters but being a pioneer is never easy. California is the… Read more Self-driving cars: What to do with collected data?