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Rejects keep on flowing

I celebrate rejects.

Got another one, just last Friday, from the Academy of Finland.

I’ve been a busy bee


Since it’s been a while from the last remarkable news item here, I thought I’d let you all know.

Making rejections public also serves another, perhaps more worthy purpose: letting people fellow academics know it’s tough out here.



  • Simo
  • November 26, 2018
  • News

Mmm.. I Write about Food, Too!

News time. Exciting, eh?

We just got a full paper accepted to CHI 2018 on crowdsourcing back pain treatments!

But that’s not the news.

Actually I just wanted to write this so I can post a picture of a hamburger.

I like hamburgers.

The news is I’m now also a certified food scientist. Party time!

We’re working on a system that allows people to find personalised diets.

So, we have a workshop paper on that, in CHI as well. Find the gem from this fine Portuguese gentleman’s archives. Or if you want you could also support The Netherlands by getting the PDF here!




  • Simo
  • February 20, 2018
  • News

Reject from the Academy of Finland


Got a reject. I like rejects. I think I do.

They thicken the skin. It’s good to have a skin – a thick one.

So, no peanuts for me! The centre (or got 1 though!

(Linked it so he’ll get a postback and come here, in panic, to see what’s going on. Madness.)

That’s it!


Best (Short) Paper Award


Good news this time! (I guess one seldom publishes bad news… or maybe I should start publishing a news item every time we get a reject – which is pretty damn often…)

Anyway, our paper titled Exploring the Use of Ambient WiFi Signals to Find Vacant Houses (by Shin’ichi Konomi, Tomoyo Sasao, me, and Kaoru Sezaki) won the Best Short Paper Award at the 2017 European Conference on Ambient Intelligence.

This is more or less the first paper coming out as a result of my Visit to the University of Tokyo last summer (2016), which makes me a happy panda!


The Great News Experiment

So I’m starting to publish short news here.

Why? I’m not exactly sure.

But I’ll give it a decent go. If I won’t find the reason during the next, say, 6 months, I’ll just quit.

That’s what experiments are for – trying stuff and seeing if it’s worth it!

Oh, and experiments are also a key ingredient in Kaizen Hour!