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3rd International conference of PUST

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I returned to PUST this fall just in time for ICOPUST3, a bi-annual conference hosted by the university and one of the few instances of international academic engagement performed by the university.

A bit of background: I spoke on my research at ICOPUST2, the previous instance of this conference held two years ago, and my first time visiting the university. The conference by design is a multi-track affair covering the full breadth of academics (from computer science to agriculture) taught at the university.

This year, I acted as the session chair for the computer science track of the conference, which proved to be quite rewarding. I’m encouraged by the continued academic engagement present at the conference and occurring at the university as a whole.

Tech Community

Having spent the last few days at CCCamp, I am incredibly jealous of the community that exists in Germany. cbase, the physical center of the community, has existed for 20 years, and has created a really powerful movement. One of the aspects of the berlin free software community is the tight connection between technologists and artists that exists there. From this event my take away is that tech can and does create culture, and that one of the most important things we can do is foster that community and make it ours.

Cycling Ladakh

I spent the last couple weeks bicycling through northern India. It was a great trip with spectacular scenery, good food, and a fascinating culture.

With Ravi, a friend from the networks lab at UW, I arrived in Leh, a city at 11,500 feet in the far north of India. We chose the Himalayas to avoid the stifling heat that otherwise covers the region in the summer. After altitude adjustment, we took a 4 day bike ride over the 240km road to Kargil. The area was really cool – new, very ragged mountains and high plains. The shift in culture that we experienced on the ride, from a Buddhist dominant culture in Leh to a more Islamic influenced Kashmir / Central Asian culture in Kargil.


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