Wednesday, October 27, 2004

ICT Research Center

I was asked to give an opinion on an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Research Center at Institut Teknologi Bandung. So, I went ahead and created a presentation material. It's available at

I'll make it open to the public so that I get feedback / suggestions. If you have a comment or suggestions, drop me an email. I'll incorporate them in future version(s).

If you notice, I kind of have a slant toward MIT Media Lab, with multimedia implementations in the real meaning of "multi" and "media". My reason is that Indonesia is famous for its arts. Now, how do we put it in digital format. Not just video. Hologram, maybe?

I tried to put notes on each slide to provide more explanation. So have a look at the notes. I should write a more elaborate report, but, I don't have the time to do it right now. So, for now it's in presentation format only.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Moderating RMS @ ITB

Moderating Richard Stallman (RMS) from Free Software Foundation when he gave a talk at ITB on 23rd October 2004. (Photo by Jay)  Posted by Hello

Friday, October 22, 2004

In Memoriam: Prof. Kudrat Soemintapura

Pada hari ini, 22 Oktober 2004, telah meninggal Prof. Kudrat Soemintapura. Beliau adalah salah satu dosen di Teknik Elektro dan Profesor dari Teknik Informatika ITB.

Saya tidak terlalu jauh mengenal pak Kudrat karena tidak pernah mengambil kuliah darinya, dan bukan dari labnya. Akan tetapi banyak kegiatan dimana kami bertemu. Banyak orang yang menghindari pak Kudrat karena kalau beliau bicara sering berkesan tidak "nyambung". Banyak orang yang merasa terintimidasi. Not me. Dalam diskusi dengan beliau justru saya mendapat pemikiran-pemikiran yang luar biasa, yang sering membuat saya berpikir ... "hmmm, iya ya, betul juga. jadi bagaimana ya?", atau "kok tadi nggak kepikir sampai segitu ya", things that make you think. You can always tell a great mind when you see one! Ini yang membuat saya tahan ngobrol dengan beliau. You'll always learn something.

Sambil bicara dan merokok (beliau terkenal dengan merokoknya), tiba-tiba beliau melontarkan pertanyaan "Bagaimana menurut pak Budi?", kemudian mendengarkan pendapat saya, dan kemudian berdiskusi. Dalam hati saya berkata, "wah, ada orang pandai yang mau mendengarkan pendapat saya? yang benar saja" Dan ini bukan basa-basi. Kemudian kami diskusi. Inilah yang membuat saya respect saya kepada beliau. Rasa hormat dari seorang murid kepada seorang guru. He is one of the few professors I looked up to.

Banyak profesor (dan juga bukan profesor) yang berlagak intelektual, mendominasi pembicaraan, atau overacting agar dikenal atau dihargai orang. Pak Kudrat bukan tipe seperti itu. Dan memang apa perlunya? Saya yakin banyak orang (seperti halnya saya) yang menaruh rasa hormat kepada pak Kudrat, bukan sekedar basa-basi.

Selamat jalan Prof. Kudrat. Semoga Allah SWT mengampuni segala dosa bapak dan menerima bapak di tempat yang layak. Semoga ilmu yang bapak ajarkan menjadi pahala yang tetap mengalir. Amin.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Leonardo da Vinci

I can't remember when was the first time I heard the name Leonardo da Vinci. I think it was sometime around junior high-school when I heard the name Monalisa and Leonardo da Vinci. Ever since then, I am facinated with Leonardo da Vinci.

One of the things that amazes me is that this man is truly a genius. He is an artist, scientist, and engineer. On top of that, he is also a futurist. I always facinated with arts, science, and technology. Well, Leonard is the man who is able to combine all of them. I never had a chance to read his biography though.

Recently, I was just finished reading "The Da Vinci Code," by Dan Brown. It's an interesting book that sparks my interest in Leonardo. Apparently, he is also a cryptographer(?). (The novel is not about Leonardo himself, though.) So, I bought a VCD (video CD) of BBC/Discovery Channel programme on Leonardo: the most imaginative mind in human history. Interesting.

I googled the Internet to find more about Leonardo da Vinci. Found a lot of links. 1,190,000 links to be exact. Visited some of the top pages listed, but not quite happy with the information. Could anybody suggest the best pages about Leonardo da Vinci? (I would've asked for book, but it would be difficult for me to get it from here, Indonesia. Most merchants, including, do not accept orders with credit cards from Indonesia.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Studying abroad: a guide (in Bahasa Indonesia)

Many students asked me about studying abroad; how to pick the university, how to find scholarship in Indonesia, how to live there, and so on. I usually answered the questions verbally. But, I am getting tired of the same questions over and over again.

Finally, I decided to write a guide of studying abroad (in Bahasa Indonesia, of course). It's available in (this one in Open Office format)

Enjoy. Corrections and suggestions are welcome.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Computer Music - (Multi) Media Research Institute

Music is one of my passions. During my gradschool years, I had the opportunity to take computer music classes and also played in computer music lab. At that time, MIDI was at its infancy. MPU was the hottest thing. Soundblaster was just starting up. For my research, I had to wirewrap an Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) on a board that could be plugged in into an IBM PC clone (Intel 80286!). I loved to tinker electronics stuff. Haven't done anything for ages, though.

I had played with some computer music related software, sound synthesis, voice analysis and the like. (My masters thesis was about analysis of diseases through voice.) My workstation was a NeXT computer. So I had a chance to played with CSound as well.

Anyway, it's been a while since I played with computer music. Well, the September issue of IEEE "The Institute" features Bob Moog - yes, that Moog keyboard. My interest in computer / electronic music is suddenly back!

I have a dream (or perhaps, a nightmare?) of having my own (multi)media research institute, in which scientists, engineers, artists, philosphers could collaborate, doing things they really enjoy and make the world a nicer place to live (by using ideas / products developed at this research center) at the same time. I just have to think of ways to get the funding. (Bill Gates or Paul Alen maybe? Oh heck, I'll fund it myself.). Anyway ... I have to wake up now and keep the dream for another day.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Here is a picture of students in my programming class ("dasar pemrograman berorientasi obyek"). The picture was taken in the morning (7 AM). They Posted by Hello