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07 July
2019

First time going to Moscow







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03 July
2019

Self-driving buses or driving along one selected route in Montreal as part of a pilot project to evaluate the technology. The route is a special one mostly on the grounds of the Olympic park. The busses and associated tech are developed by EasyMile. This follows the adoption of an Electric Autonomous (ELA) vehicle pilot project along a kilometre-long stretch of 50 Street in Beaumont, Alberta.

These are interesting developments, but much more rarified and restricted scenarios that the larger scale self-driving car tests taking place in the US by big companies like Wymo.


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24 June
2019

I'm visiting Seoul again. It's unusual for the combination of very limited use of English by people on the street, yet a very easy and pleasant experience for a visitor. Of course, this ease is contingent on the availability of a data plan, a good map application, and a willingness to explore on foot as needed.


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28 April
2019

I recently tried to up[date my SSL certificates and got:


Attempting to renew cert (dudek.org) from


/etc/letsencrypt/renewal/myside.conf

produced an unexpected error:

'module' object has no attribute 'install_ssl_options_conf'. Skipping.



The solution was up upgrade my version of certbot, certbot-apache and also openssl, and lib-ssl-dev. The steps were as follows:

apt-get install --only-upgrade openssl
apt-get install --only-upgrade libssl-dev
apt-get install python-certbot-apache
pip install certbot-apache

Note that the last 2 steps should, in principle, not both be required, but sometimes are due to various quirks on older installations.
This process installed several new components on my older Ubuntu release, and messed up my python2 distribution somehow (possibly due to a bug in the installer for python3-certifi ) by installing some python 3 library like reprlib in the python2 distribution! I had to use:

rm -rf /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/reprlib
rm -rf /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/copyreg/

And then re-do

apt-get install python-certbot-apache


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Well, it's been a long time since my last update. I'm working at/with Samsung these days and it's been filled with new opportunities and challenges. They are building a new AI lab in Montreal and staffing it up.


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18 November
2018

  

International Symposium on Experimental Robotics

I went to the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics where our group had a couple of papers, and I also gave a talk at an associated local workshop. The meeting was, as usual, a great mixture of interesting work, professional networking, and a bit of exposure to the local culture.

My colleagues Ioannis and Stergios, with me
My colleagues Ioannis and Stergios, with me
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ISER people assembled for a picture
ISER people assembled for a picture
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Buenos Aires by day
Buenos Aires by day
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ISER people
ISER people
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Buenos Aires by night
Buenos Aires by night
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Sightseeing
Sightseeing
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Giving a talk
Giving a talk
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A also gave a talk at an affiliated workshop
A also gave a talk at an affiliated workshop
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People at the outreach workshop
With the organizers at the outreach workshop
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Yiannis giving his talk
Yiannis giving his talk
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Fancy hotel
Fancy hotel
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31 October
2018

I had to opportunity to attend the tribute to Louis Dudek, held at the writer's chapel of St. Jax Church in downtown Montreal. He was, of course, my father and a famous Canadian poet, writer, critic and scholar. At the event a plaque was unveiled and a selection of writers and other people gave short presentations or readings, including Michael Gnarowski the organizer, publisher and writer, Bernhard Beutler who studied and translated my father's work, and poet Stephen Morrissey who gave a great presentation and also read a new poem for the occasion.

Stephen Morrissey's
blog
gives more detail and the beautiful text of his speech.













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