René Pickhardt on March 27th, 2012

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Over the last week we had our off campus meeting with a lot of communication training (very good and fruitful) as well as a special treatment for some PhD students called “massage your diss”. I was one of the lucky students who were able to discuss our research ideas [...]

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René Pickhardt on March 12th, 2012

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Recently I visited my friend Heinrich Hartmann in Oxford. We talked about various issues how research is done in these days and how the web could theoretically help to spread information faster and more efficiently connect people interested in the same paper / topics. The idea of was [...]

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René Pickhardt on September 5th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: UPDATE: look at for a more scientific survey and evaluation of this data structure. Ok you guys did not hear much from me most recently. I was on vaccation and then on summer school and I worked on my first scientific poster and on a talk which will [...]

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René Pickhardt on June 22nd, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: My new cellphone finally arrived today. Being a fan of Google products, I was excited to test Android and get a feeling for everything. I wasn’t sure whether I would really need a smartphone or whether it was rather a time wasting but cool toy. After a bit of [...]

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René Pickhardt on June 1st, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Today Eric Schmidt was a trending topic on Twitter. The reason seems that at AllThingsD9l Walt Mossberg was interviewing Eric Schmidt the former Google CEO. Please listen to this man. He has an amazing viewpoint! This could also fill into privacy or collective intelligence but the topic is much [...]

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René Pickhardt on April 25th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: It is two months now of reading papers since I started my PhD program. Enough time to think about possible research topics. I am more and more interested in search, social networks in general and social news streams in particular. It is obvious that it is becoming more and [...]

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René Pickhardt on March 20th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Google has put information about the Youtube Symphony Orchestra on its homepage! Whatch yourself: After Thomas recommended reading a paper about trending topics in twitter where it was discovered that trends can be strongly influenced by external factors (media, news) I went right away to twitter looking for the [...]

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