One injured in Chatsworth shooting

first_imgCHATSWORTH – At least one person was injured and a man is in custody following an afternoon shooting in the 10800 block of Variel Avenue, authorities said. Paramedics transported one unidentified person to a local hospital about 3:15 p.m., said d’Lisa Davies, Los Angeles City Fire Department spokeswoman. Firefighters were later called back to the 10700 block of Variel, where they are now waiting for clearance from the Los Angeles Police Department, Davies said. LAPD is “actually securing the area and then they’ll let us know if there’s (another) person down,” Davies said. No other details were available. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

South African women lead the way in science

first_imgRay Maota The aim of the regional fellowships is toincrease the representation of women inglobal scientific circles by funding theirscholarly endeavours.(Image: Flickr) Rachel Muigai, from UCT, is doing her PhDon the sustainability of concrete structures.(Image: UCT)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sara-Lea van EedenTaryn Fritz Public Relations &Communications+27 83 446 6109RELATED ARTICLES• Unesco fellowship for SA scientist• Unesco, AU to boost journalism• Space science thriving in South Africa• New centre to foster science careersFemale scientists from Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been honoured with 2011 L’Oréal-Unesco Regional Fellowships for Women in Science in sub-Saharan Africa.The five are Dalene de Swardt, Jeanne de Waal and Kim Trollope from Stellenbosch; and Olutayo Boyinbode and Rachel Muigai from UCT.The award ceremony took place in Melrose Arch in northern Johannesburg on 30 June 2011.Four of the women honoured on the night were South Africans. In total there were 10 recipients specialising in microbiology, environmental science, medical virology, chemistry and agriculture.Each took home a fellowship to the value of US$20 000 (R135 000) toward the completion of their PhD research projects.Philippe Raffray, MD of L’Oreal South Africa, said: “The programme was open to all women scientists up to the age of 40 across sub-Saharan Africa, who are working towards their PhD in all fields of science.”Raffray said that 175 women had submitted applications, which was a significant increase from the 2010 figure of 104.The number of fellowships awarded also increased, from five in 2010 to 10 in 2011.Professor Joseph Massaquoi, director for the Regional Bureau for Science in Africa, said: “Unesco is very enthusiastic about this particular fellowship because it contributes to the two global priorities of the organisation: Africa, and gender equality.”He said that the global cultural organisation was pleased to empower women in science, and help ensure the diversity of the scientific community in Africa.The Regional Bureau for Science in Africa is responsible for the preparation and implementation of science programmes in 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It is an organisation of Unesco.  African scientific innovationDe Swardt is doing her PhD in medical virology, specifically in the field of HIV/Aids. Her research focuses on a type of immune cell, the dendritic cell.She said: “I’m developing a natural agent that I hope would block the HIV virus from entering healthy cells, while also curbing its activation status so that the agent can attack and clear out the infection.”Trollope’s research is centred on producing an enzyme used for the manufacture of sweeteners from cane sugar.She chose a career in science, she said, because she was interested in finding out how things work.“Also, I liked the idea of doing a job where things are not predetermined and are constantly developing. I also like to be involved in research as I think it forms the basis for many human activities and contributing to that knowledge base appeals to me.”De Waal is doing her doctorate on sustainable agricultural fruit production, with a special emphasis on eco-friendly pest management. She is developing a biological control agent to effectively control pests on apples and pears.Muigai’s area of speciality is the sustainability of concrete structures. She expressed her gratitude on receiving the L’Oreal-Unesco fellowship, saying that she was tremendously thankful that the two international organisations had considered her thesis and supported it.Muigai previously received a six-month research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, which she used to spend time at the Technical University of Munich in Germany in 2010.Boyinbode is doing her PhD in computer science.Empowering women in scienceThe Women in Science partnership was created by the L’Oreal Corporate Foundation with Unesco in 1998.The careers of nearly 1 100 women scientists have benefitted through the various fellowship programmes offered under the partnership.The aim of the national and regional fellowships is to increase the representation of women in the global scientific community by funding their scholarly work, and at the same time helping them to become role models for future female scientists.Raffray said: “Access to funds – especially in Africa – is far too often a barrier to women completing their studies, but through the fellowships we aim to remove at least this barrier.”The partnership also aimed to open up previously inaccessible opportunities, he said – not only for the talented fellowship recipients but also to the African community and the world at large, through scientific research that needed only a financial push to come to fruition.last_img read more

Intel Cloud Usage Models Are No Myth

first_imgActually, we don’t necessarily believe in dragons and unicorns, but the infographic’s message is serious: Build your cloud on the right foundation and you’ll get greater security, more control, and increased flexibility—the very benefits that make the cloud so valuable to your organization. Security. Don’t let fear of security threats slow your progress to the cloud. Intel® Trusted Execution Technology, built into Intel® Xeon® processors establish a hardware root of trust at the level of the chipset and CPU to assure system integrity. This root of trust helps provide a solid foundation upon which to build secure virtual platforms and Trusted Compute Pools, substantially reducing the security risks of using a virtualized cloud infrastructure by restricting sensitive workloads to trusted resources.Efficiency. With a fully virtualized network, data flows can be optimized for maximum throughput and flexible allocation of resources. Unified networking over Intel® Ethernet 10 Gigabit technology allows you to converge your network onto one fabric that can carry all network traffic. This provides richer, smarter transport that can be dynamically provisioned and scaled for all kinds of network traffic, including transport of block-based storage, while maintaining complete virtual machine (VM) isolation on the same physical networking hardware.Power Management. The cost of energy is no longer trivial, but managing power requires more than a simple on-off switch. Intel power management technologies include Intel® Data Center Manager and Intel® Node Manager, server-based instrumentation plus middleware, that help you cut down on wasted power, monitor and enforce policy-based usage, and consolidate data and server configurations for optimal power allocation.A security-enhanced cloud with unified networking and power management capabilities isn’t just fantasy. It’s just built on an Intel foundation. Get the full story on Cloud Usage Models here. The cloud. It’s a pretty fanciful name for such an important set of technologies. But here at Intel, we’re not above having some fun with the cloud. Check out our new infographic Seize the Power of the Cloud for a glimpse of cloud computing from the times of myth.last_img read more

For Droid Eyes Only

first_imgThe edge decodes an incoming camera stream into an i-Frame sequenceThese i-Frames run through a simple object detector to identify ROIsA bounding box tracker computes the ROI paths through the videoThe CANVAS encoder compresses the motion vectors and ROIs and streams to the CloudAt the cloud, CANVAS decodes the stream into i-Frame imagesThe decoded images run through an object classifier and an object track is produced from bitstream motion vectorsThe cloud feeds the classification results back to the edge to inform the object trackerThe cloud classifier outputs the object class and trackWe ran this codec against a set of pedestrian videos on an Intel® CoreTM i7-6770HQ processor using Intel® Quick Sync Video for video decode and the Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPU and Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit for object detection and classification. Compared with a baseline RCNN object detector on a high fidelity video sequence, we were able to see several orders of magnitude improvement in bitrate and computational complexity with only minor impact to detection accuracy. Further details will be published soon. In some cases, like videos with fast moving objects, we actually saw accuracy increases.ConclusionThese are early results but we’re very encouraged. We believe that an analytics optimized codec can lead to improved application performance at the expense of human viewability. We continue research in this area while we explore whether there is an industry need for such a technology. We’re interested in connecting with industry and academic technical leaders who have ideas in compression aware analytics and analytics aware compression. Please reach out to Dr. Omesh Tickoo if you’d like to collaborate.ReferencesCheck out other blogs from my visual cloud series:Overcoming Visual Analysis Paralysis — Scanner, Spark, VDMS, Pandas and Apache Arrow (Oct 2019)Sharing the Video Edge — Mainstream and FilterForward (Apr 2019)Feeling a Little Edgy –OpenRTIST (Mar 2019)The Loneliness of the Expert — Eureka (Mar 2019)Visual Data: Pack Rat to Explorer — VDMS (Feb 2019)Scaling the Big Video Data Mountain — Scanner (Jan 2019) These days, you can get a 65” 4K Ultra High Definition, High Dynamic Range smart TV at your local superstore for under $1000 and stream vast libraries of premium movies and TV shows to it for under $20/month. Video compression technologies like H.264 and H.265 have been key to realizing this extraordinary result. Since the dawn of video compression, the primary codec design goals have been maximizing viewer perceived quality while minimizing bandwidth, storage and coding costs, and delays. Starting with the CCITT H.120 standard in 1984 up to and including the still developing ITU-T/MPEG Versatile Video Coding standard, perceptual quality and compression rates have steadily improved while staying within the practical and economic limits of network and computing capabilities.However, a projected 95% of video or image content will never be seen by human eyes. A substantial amount of video produced by surveillance and traffic cameras, robots, drones, autonomous vehicles and other sources is often discarded or archived without a single person watching. Instead, these videos are inputs to computer vision and video analytics applications. Some existing codecs components (e.g., motion estimation) have value for video analytics but computing and network resources devoted to maintaining vibrant colors and clear pictures on large screens are wasted when only a robot is watching.At Intel Labs, we started asking two questions:Can you use any of the capabilities intrinsic in current video codecs to improve video analytics results? — i.e., “Compression Aware Analytics”What if you created a video codec that was designed from first principles for video analytics? – i.e., “Analytics Aware Compression”From these two questions arose the “Co-Adaptive Networking and Visual Analysis Systems” or CANVAS project led by Intel Labs’ Omesh Tickoo and Srinivasa Somayazulu. We showed some early CANVAS results at the 2019 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR) in June.The Right Tool for a Different JobIn my previous blog, “Sharing the Video Edge”, I described our work on smart city video analytics at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Cloud Systems (ISTC-VCS) at Carnegie Mellon University. There, we’ve built out an urban testbed to demonstrate camera to edge to cloud distributed video analytics use cases. In those use cases, the processing workflow looks something like the figure below.In these applications, computer vision cameras typically stream an H.264 encoded video to an edge node and cloud based application that performs a pipeline of operations to produce some set of analytics results. In the above, the application is responsible for:Detecting and recognizing license plate numbers in the field of viewProducing a track of the license plate through the field of viewRe-encoding a snippet video of the license plate moving through the videoTo accomplish this, the edge node first decodes the video into a sequence of individual frame images.  Those images are fed into a neural network that detects objects and sends re-encoded videos segments containing the objects to the cloud. The cloud decodes the arriving video and runs a plate recognizer and tracker to produce its results.This approach is common and expedient because it leverages the many years spent creating high quality, efficient and standardized video codecs. However, as the number of cameras and volume of data from each camera increases, the network and computing infrastructure can be overwhelmed. The CANVAS team believes that, when the task is constrained to analytics, there are better ways to do it.Let’s go a little deeper on the two approaches: compression aware analytics and analytics aware compression.Empowering Tomorrow’s Droids with Today’s CodecsIn CANVAS, the Compression Aware Analytics project exploits the information already contained in the encoded camera stream to remove unnecessary processing in the subsequent stages. For example, the decode stage can be eliminated by training a plate recognizer to use the encoded bitstream directly. The object tracker can use the recognizer outputs and the motion vectors in the encoded bitstream to produce the plate tracks. Motion vectors needn’t be recomputed. The video snippet can be extracted from the encoded video using the track timestamps and, if necessary, further compressed for transmission to the data center.Designing the Perfect Droid CodecThe other CANVAS project, Analytics Aware Compression, believes it is possible to improve compression rates and analytics performance by designing a codec that optimizes for elements of the camera stream that are important for analytics. In general, analytics applications don’t require high perceptual quality. They need high resolution images of objects of interest and good object tracking through the field of view. Analytics aware compression adapts the encoder to emphasize high quality encoding of important frame regions (e.g., license plates) while de-emphasizing the quality or even dropping the background. For example, at right, the detected pedestrian regions can be compressed at a high resolution while, say, the grass can be transmitted at much lower resolution.  Similarly, Analytics Aware Compression can reduce framerates or frame quality when there is little movement between frames. This same technique is used in current video codecs but an analytics aware codec can take this to a new extreme.Toward a CANVAS CodecTo validate our ideas, we ran an initial CANVAS experiment combining compression aware object tracking with analytics aware region of interest (ROI) compression in a pedestrian detection application. Our goal was to see if CANVAS techniques could appreciably reduce transmission and computation resource requirements while retaining object classification accuracy. Our approach is shown in the figure below. In a typical edge-to-cloud environment, we created a new “edge analytics encoder” that identified objects in a camera feed, encoded those ROIs as high fidelity i-frames and combined them with the original motion vectors to create an analytics-optimized H.264 stream. Background information and p-frames were not transmitted. At the cloud, our decoder extracted and reconstructed a sequence of ROI frames. These were run through a FastRCNN object classifier to find the pedestrians.The basic flow of a video through the systems is:last_img read more

Els invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters

first_imgPH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ LATEST STORIES Instead, the 48-year-old South African received a letter welcoming him as an honorary invitee. His five-year exemption into the Masters from winning the 2012 British Open ended last year. Augusta National has a tradition of inviting past major champions as honorary guests for the week.Els tweeted Monday: “Wanted to clarify my excitement getting an invite from @TheMasters. Work continues to qualify to compete!FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAugusta National occasionally awards exemptions to international players, but those typically are given to players who are not full PGA Tour members and have multiple avenues to qualify on their own. Among ways for PGA Tour members to qualify for the Masters are winning tournaments that offer full FedEx Cup points, reaching the Tour Championship or getting into the top 50 in the world ranking at various cutoff points.“The inclusion of Honorary Invitees has been a great tradition at the Masters Tournament for many years,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said. “This coming year the list includes Ernie Els, and we are once again excited to welcome him and all of these distinguished guests to Augusta National in April.” View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Masters pays homage to major champions more than any of the other majors by giving them special access as honorary invitees that includes two clubhouse badges, a $1,000 honorarium and a gift to commemorate them being there.Honorary invitees used to be able to play practice rounds and compete in the Par 3 Tournament, a practice that ended last year.Els failed to qualify for the 2012 Masters and was not given a special exemption.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais AP FILE PHOTOErnie Els says he received an invitation to Augusta National for the first week in April. It just wasn’t an invitation to play in the Masters.Els had to clarify a tweet from Sunday that said: “Thank you for a Great Xmas present! @TheMasters Can’t wait!” That led several media sites to post stories that Els, a four-time major champion, had received a special exemption into the Masters.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more