Automation

Trying out NLP Sentiment Analysis… and Tikiman

Been trying out some examples of NLP sentiment analysis the last couple of days, ie CNN vs GRU vs bidirectional LSTM. I guess it’s not surprising but complex is not always best… I know it’s only running for 30 epochs but the dataset is the full GLUE/SST2 dataset so not too shabby. Plus not showing […]

Automation

Self-driving, shared mobility and EV for sub-Saharan Africa

Just over 3 years ago, I convinced Toyota to co-sponsor the first Techcrunch event in the MENA region that was held in the Autumn of 2018 in Beirut. It was an eye-opener to the developing ecosystems of the Near and Middle East, with strong attendance from neighboring countries, and Middle Eastern and North Africa-based entrepreneurs. […]

Automation

Kanagawa: automated gateway to the 2020 Olympics?

Designed and operated by British engineers and built by local Japanese workers, the first Japanese railway line connecting Tokyo’s Shinbashi Station to Yokohama in 1872 for me defines Kanagawa as a historic location for mechanized transportation and cutting-edge technology exchange. Back in the late 1990s, as part of a British Foreign Office-sponsored program, I applied […]

Automation

Flowers and magnetic markers in Nagano

Nagano is another prefecture where there has been a lot of automated driving experimentation announced recently. Especially of note is the Minami Alps Mura Hase roadside station, where tests are due to begin in Autumn 2017 along a 6.9km course up to the Senryusou resort hotel and back, using GPS and sensors (and hopefully some […]