What (the heck) is this?
The idea of the Nuts and Bold Ideas Seminar is to provide an informal platform for (nuts and bold) ideas that are worth thinking about. Instigators are asked to present something different from their most recent research, paper, or talk. Ideas that challenge the status quo are of particular interest. The goal is to think big and different. The seminar is designed to foster creativity, innovation, inspiration, and to spur cross-pollination among disciplines.
|"The key to success is to risk thinking unconventional thoughts. Convention is the enemy of progress. If you go down just one corridor of thought you never get to see what’s in the rooms leading off it."
--- Trevor Baylis
||The Idea in 140 Characters
|Fall term 2010
|Wed, Oct 6
||James McNames, ECE
||Empowering and cultivating student passion for innovation
|Wed, Oct 20:
||Karen L. Karavanic, Computer Science
||What would YOU do with an exascale computer?
|Wed, Nov 3:
||Max OrHai, Computer Science
||Rethinking the fundamental metaphors of computer programming.
|Wed, Nov 17:
||Marly Roncken, Computer Science
||What can football and dance teach us? Slides
|Wed, Dec 1:
||Wayne Wakeland, Systems Science Graduate Program
||Achieving a Vulcan mind meld with Web2.0
|Winter term 2011:
|Wed, Jan 5:
||Julian Blake Kongslie, Computer Science
|Wed, Jan 12:
||Vamsi Parasa, ECE
||Do we need some research on doing better research?
|Wed, Jan 19:
||Marion L. Sharp, CEED/GSE and Social Sustainability Network
||Full Employment? It Can't Be Done...Or Can It?
|Wed, Jan 26:
||Steve Bleiler, Fariborz Maseeh Dep. of Math and Stats
||Pay me now or pay me later - Player attitudes toward risk and their effects on optimal poker play|
|Wed, Feb 2:
||Joshua Fost, Dep of . Philosophy
||Time to make fallacies illegal|
|Wed, Feb 9:
||David Burke, Galois Inc.
||How can we instill a sense of morality in machines? Slides
|Wed, Feb 16
||Ivan Sutherland, ARC
|Wed, Feb 23:
||Dan Hammerstrom, ECE
||Batteries not included - the wide-spread use of sustainable, renewable energy won't happen without effective energy storage
|Wed, Mar 2:
||Erin Jo Richey, Digital Analyst
||Harnessing Actions from the Mind: Should Brain Waves Power Future Technology? Slides and blog entry
|Wed, Mar 9:
||Ubiquitous connectivity - getting everyday objects to talk to each other with 20 year old protocols with @caseorganic and @aaronpk
|Spring term 2011:
|Wed, Apr 6:
||Bart Massey & Julian Blake Kongslie, CS
||The Panopticam of the Newspocalypse|
|Wed, Apr 20:
||Gerry Recktenwald, MME
||Does making matter?
|Wed, May 11:
||Peter Boghossian, Philosophy
||Faith, Belief, and the Failure of the Academy. Slides
|Wed, May 18:
||Rashawn L. Knapp, CS
||C and Threads and No Internet!, Oh My!
OS Unplugged: The CS333 Lab Experiment
|Wed, Jun 1:
||Marek Perkowski, ECE
||A robot of my dreams|
|Fall term 2011:
|Wed, Sep 28||Christof Teuscher, ECE, PSU
Max OrHai, PSU
Spatial Sorting Algorithms for Parallel Computing in Networks
|Wed, Oct 5
||Arpita Sinha, ECE, PSU
||Is memristance futile?|
|Wed, Oct 12
||Tugrul Daim, ETM, PSU
Peter Boghossian, Philosophy, PSU
|How will we keep the lights on? Literally
Pedagogy, Mixed Martial Arts and Corrective Mechanisms
|Wed, Oct 19
||Bob Bass, OIT/PSU
||What's Making the Grid Smart?|
|Wed, Oct 26
||Matt Sottile, Galois Inc.
||How many ways can you describe a glass of water? (Mathematically)|
|Wed, Nov 2
||Andrew Black, CS, PSU
||Types Considered Harmful|
|Wed, Nov 9
||Willem Mallon, ARC, PSU
||Fast microprocessors without clocks|
|Wed, Nov 16
||Karen Marrongelle, PSU
||Why hasn't technology (yet) made college obsolete? 21st century education: reality or myth?|
|Wed, Nov 23
||Nick Macias, Cell Matrix Corp.
||Save time, spend less on trash bags, and never again hit your thumb with a hammer. YouTube recording
|Wed, Nov 30
||Robert R. Teel, Stoel Rives LLP
||Rethinking and Decoupling Online Identity|
|Fall term 2012:
|Tue, Sep 25
Intro, welcome, and marshmallow challenge. Check out the YouTube clip!
|Tue, Oct 2
||Jason Plumb, DorkbotPDX
||DorkbotPDX -- 6 years of doing strange things with electricity. Slides | YouTube clip
|Tue, Oct 9
||David Snyder, CS, PSU
||Life Computes, So Let's Use It! YouTube recording
|Tue, Oct 15
||L. Kris Gowen, Regional Research Institute, PSU
||How technology has changed the way we do sex and relationships?
|Tue, Oct 23
||Daveena Tauber, Personal Professor
||...because technology doesn't speak for itself
|Tue, Oct 30
||Teresa Schmidt, Systems Science, PSU
||What do you get when you turn a social network inside out?
|Tue, Nov 6
||Gary Brown, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence, PSU
||MOOCs, Competency-based and Snackable Education in the Era of Free Agency-- et tu PSU?
|Tue, Nov 13
||Raúl Bayoán Cal, MME, PSU
||A fixation with structures
|Tue, Nov 20
||Leslie A. Rill, Department of Communication, PSU
||There's a bit of Facebook in all of us
|Tue, Nov 27
||Jenner Hanni, ECE, PSU
||Meshnets: turning the internet into a decentralized peer-to-peer network.
How does it work?
- The instigator presents his nuts and bold ideas for about 20min. The remaining time (about 40min) is open for discussion.
- The instigator is asked to present something different from her/his most recent research, paper, or talk. Ideas that challenge the status quo are of particular interest. Think big and different, be provocative. Your ideas do by no means have to be mature. The wilder and crazier the idea, the better discussions we'll have.
- We encourage informality, openness, collaboration, vision, innovation, inspiration, and interdisciplinarity.
- Instigators are encouraged to consider the following questions (inspired by Heilmeier's catechism) in their informal presentation:
- What's the idea? What should I tell my mom/dad/partner/cat/dog about it?
- How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
- What's new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
- Who cares?
- If you're successful, what difference will it make?
- What are the risks and the payoffs?
- How much will it cost?
- How long will it take?
- What are the midterm and final "exams" to check for success?
- The audience is encouraged to
- challenge ideas in the presentation,
- support ideas in the presentation,
- make connections to other, disparate fields of research,
- come up with new ideas,
- or say anything else they want.
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
Who can be an instigator?
You! If you are interested to be an instigator, please contact me. Everybody is welcome, grad and undergrad students, faculty, guests. And no, you don't need to be an engineer or a scientist. If you have suggestions for good speakers, please let me know.
Who should come to this seminar?
You! The more diverse the audience, the better. Everybody is welcome. Stop by and learn something new, feel the inspiration, stimulate your brain, and eat some nuts.
"Daring to follow untraveled paths in science can be both daunting and risky for young scientists. Yet boldness is a common, key ingredient in the careers of the most successful scientists.
How can I get announcements?
Where and when does this seminar happen?
There is currently no plan to offer the seminar again. Please check back or sign up for the mailing list to receive updates.
- Day: Tuesday
- Time: 12-1pm
- Location: EB 102 (Engineering Building, 1930 SW Fourth Avenue), campus map (H10)
"No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical."
Will there be food?
Yes, nuts. Feel free to bring your own lunch.
Can I get credit for this seminar?
Yes! The seminar will be offered during the Fall term 2012 as a 1-credit ECE 507 class. The syllabus is available here.
"If I look confused, it’s because I’m thinking."