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Monday, October 12, 2009

Prototype is up NOW

After a week on debugging the prototype of the webisite is up.

there are still some bugs on the website and I still working on it. There will be some major interface changes in the next two weeks. current version is just for prototype purpose.
Will meet Dr.Rafael today hopefully can get some more advice from him.

Some reference for the website. (ref to the screenshot on the top)

1、Default.htm is just a static interface page, in addition all the background work is handled by inde2.aspx and save.aspx.
2、bigsecond.aspx is used to display the history of all images pages.
3、second.aspx is used to display a picture of specific pages。
4、jquery libray is called from js/jquery-1[1].2.1.pack.js this file. The slide1.js in the root directory is use to call this jquery libary.
5、The ajax postback in the default.htm is used jquery framework $.Ajax () method to completed.*

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Finally A BETA Version is finished

Here is some screen shot of my beta version. basically it take 5 weeks to finished, I hope it is not slow, will do some modification during the midterm break , but i don't there will be any huge layout change. Because it use a lots of layer in the code. that's AJAX :) , if any small change then i will need to change the entire layer.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Project Proposal

Problem Statement:
Determine the application of affective computing by using static image from Flickr.

Method of Attack:
Overall it will divide into two parts, theory and practical.
Theory: Before tackle the website, it is essential to understand affective computing. Book “Affective Computing” by R.Picards is required reading. Also the workshop arrange by Dr.Rafael is very important.
Practical: It is proposed to create a website which implementing “think-feeling axis” and SAM (Self-Assessment-Manikin). The entire website is web2.0 ideas, so it makes communications easier. The code of the website will base on AJAX, JavaScript, SQL and PHP. Development tool will use Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition and other compatible platform.

This is shown in the attached table. A total of two semesters 20 week of time is estimated, which includes about 6 weeks of theory and 14 weeks of practicals. In the first 6 weeks basically is the readying and understanding the background concept. Then following 4 weeks will starting the website part generating the idea for the website. And the last 10 week will work fully on the website and the treatise.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Affective Computing"

First Meeting about the Thesis

Topic : Affective Flickr!

Date: 10/08/2009

Basically the meeting is not long but there are lots of things covered in this meeting. firstly Dr Rafael give a more detail description about "what is affective". As he told me there is a system called IAPS stand for (International Affective Picture System ) which is a system that "provides normative ratings of emotion for a set of color photographs that provide a set of normative emotional stimuli for experimental investigations of emotion and attention" .

These days I've been reading the "Affective Computing" by W.Picard. Dr. Rafael said this book is very helpful for me understanding the background of the topic.

Althought this book is a bit old, the theory still very useful in nowaday computing. So I will keep updating the blog about the contect in this book before the thesis purposal date.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

All About Flickr!

OK, Start with Flickr. As we know Flickr is an image and online community platform where allow people to share their personal photographs. Behind the Flickr, it relies on several important technology or control system, e.g. PHP, Smarty, PEAR, Perl, ImageMagicK, MySQL4.0, JAVA, Apache Web Server2 and Macromedia flash. ImageMagick was disposed when Yahoo! acquired Ludicorp and Flickr.

Flickr do provide offical add-ons however I found some very interesting third party Flickr! add-ons:

Bubblr - transform the photo on the Flickr to comics style
Sprinklr -allow user to arrange their photos to different catalogs
Matchr - Flickr puzzle
h4ppierphotos -Flickr photos set organizer with date filter
ZoneTag - can tag your photos with the location in which they were taken
Tiltomo - image search engine
John’s Background Switcher - change computer background periodically source from Flickr!

FlickrLilli - another searching tool for Flickr
RSS2PDF for Flickr - create a PDF file from Flickr RSS
Flickr & Webimager - an screen shot upload tool based on Flickr API.
FlickrFling - An innovative prototype for exploring Flickr photos.
Flickr Logo Maker - can make Flickr style logo from user input
Loopy - Flickr-based endless screensaver
Flapper - an Flickr interface (base on flash 8)
Findr -Find photos on Flickr by browsing and refining related tags.
Clockr - check the photo on the Flickr at present time.
Retrievr - Retrieve the photo on Flickr according to the drawing that you submitted.

Most of those are integrating with Flickr photo database and give out in a Website Forms and method includes three steps: User Input-> Process -> Computer Output. I am thinking using the similar way for doing Affective Flickr as well. Website form is an good choice because is easier to manage and more flexiable.Will draw some basic structure break down on weekend.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Hello EveryOne!

This blog will be used to track progress on my 4th year Computer Engineering Thesis (ELEC4710/4711) @ USYD. so I decided to update this every Friday. Also will update this if I got some information useful.

Supervisor Dr. Rafael Calvo gave me a brief introduction about the topic. Which is "Affective Flickr!" basically from what I understand it can be an addon to a flickr which allow the user to descript their first impression about the picture they viewed. An emotion (eg. MSN EMOTION )will placed beside(or anywhere) the picture by the user.So people can share their feeling easily.

I found this topic is very insteresting , for this week I will start do some research works and brainstorming (include more detail about the topic,development tools)
hopefully can get the proposal starting next week.