FILM – TV – GAMES: 2014

FILM – TV – SPILL, norwegian game industry forum 2-days symposium.

Most of the symposium talks were in norwegian. Some  that were in English are shown below.

Day 1

Trolls vs. Vikings – marketing and marketing hacks. Slides in English.

Excellent talk by Jean Babtisnte Huynh from Dragonbox about the math games.

Lego Minifigures, Funcom talk about management and company culture.

Day 2

Rockpocket games, talking about Shiftlings, two-person co-op game with the blow-up-one-character mechanic, puzzle solving. Moving towards consoles.

Indie games and student projects: Myriad, Klang, Savant and Size Does Matter. Q/A session by Jory Prum. Interesting use of beat and game mechanic, especially in Klang.

Fun Run and Dino Dash talk by Aurora Klaeboe Berg from Dirtybit. Hints and hacks about networking in SV.

Simon McCallum from HiG about the future of Game technology.


Ultrabirkebeiner 2014

Friday evening, packing. 20:00, getting into the car and driving to Lillehammer. Weather is nice, sunny. The Stadium is easy to find, huge hall, with lots of merchandise. Registering, getting the T-shirt, number, and a map of the trail. Seems crowded, but mostly this is due to 21km race. Finding a nice carpark just above the stadium building. Short walk. Nice sunset. Sleeping in the car (first night in the new car). 5:00, waking up, quick breakfast, and walking to the bus stop. Two or three busses take close to 200 runners to Sjusjoen for the start. No toilets on the start, so there is a longish queue to the only toilet in the registration building. Starting with over 20min delay. The trail quickly becomes single-trail that is hard to overtake on, and the running is initially a bit congested. It stretches after the first 4-5 kms.

Most of the trail is single-path, with rather rocky down- or up-hill sections. Some places a bit wet and soft, getting the shoes wet pretty early in the race. The trail is generally well marked, with white-tape hanging from branches of trees. There are few forest areas, but most of the first 40km is pretty open country. Getting hot and sunburned. Some sections are on wet snow (200-300m at most). The flat road-running shoes are not helpful there. The shoes also fail badly on the rocky downhill sections, where hitting the sole of my feet is rather painful. I run with small groups, or alone in places. The trail makes it really hard to look around – I have to almost constantly look at where to place my feet.

For the final 15km the ultra trail joins the 21km race. This is the highlight of the race – the runners all around, with great atmosphere. I’m not well prepared, have not practiced trail running enough, and the 10days of flu or whatever that was takes its toll. After initial 10km I switch to my training pace, of about 6min/km, then to survival pace of about 8min/km or so. In survival mode for most of the run, picking up slightly at the final few kms. Totally exhausted and shuttered. Notes for next year: prepare, do not take the race as casual; take proper trail running shoes; apply sunscreen; be healthy for the race.


Polish British Workshop

2nd International Student Workshop

14th Polish-British Workshop

Day 1


  • Traveling salesman problem, Justyna Kaszałka, Wroclaw TIN. Testing various methods for a variation of the problem taking the time to achieve certain points which are open at predefined limit timeslots. Results for up to 14 points with exact methods and some tests with heuristics.
  • 3D printing path optimisation, Mateusz Wójcik, Wroclaw, AIC-1. Interesting problem of fixing the head movement to minimize the transition shifts of the head within a single 2D print image. Additional challenges with 3D layers and shifting from one layer to the next.
  • Multi-agent path finding with congestion information, Mariusz Hudziak, Wroclaw, AIC-3. Interesting problem of re-planning paths in spaces with obstacles and multiple agents moving through space. Crowds slow down the flow and agents have to re-plan. Congestion information available in a form of a graph (with sub-tiled congestion information).
  • Invited talk: The right to be forgotten, Maciej Piec, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria. The case of google, and new “delete the link about me” service. 12,000 requests in the first 24 hours. The example of snapchat: sharing resources that are available only within a certain time-limit that is enforced by the service provider.


  • Inverted Spherical Pendulum control atop a spherical drive system: sensory filtering and control theory, Matthew Evans, Leicester DMU. Trying to balance robot on top of a ball. Data Fusion, combining gyro and accelerometer, magnetic compass. No external reference. Mahony and Madgwick filter (instead of Kalman). Quaternions. Switching to matrix based rotation calculations and Kalman filter.
  • Modular Exponentiation for Big Numbers, Tomasz Baginski, AIC-1, RSA cryptosystem, Montgomery algorithm comparison to the traditional modular exponents algorithm.
  • Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm for Route Optimization of Drill Machine, Adrian Cyga, Wroclaw – AIC-1.
  • Invited talk: Ewa Osekowska, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. STRAND System for Anomaly Detection in Maritime Traffic. EAS system. Potential Field Charge based battle field analysis. (check the slides) Local charge (accumulates), field decay, potential distribution.


  • Justyna Kulińska, Detection of Fuzzy Patterns in Multidimensional Feature Space in Problem of Body Gesture Recognition.  3D gesture recognition, algorithm design, implementation and statement. The gesture == the pose. Clustering algorithm.
  • Pyroeis Asbjorn Sporaland and Magnus Vik
  • Invited talk: Dr. Garimella Rama Murthy IIIT — Hyderabad, Towards a resolution of P=NP conjecture.


Day 2


  • Anna Strzelecka, Leicester – DMU, An Approach to optimize utility-service provision for sustainable households
  • Pawel Ksieniewicz, Wroclaw, Hyperspectral image visualization
  • Roza Goscien, Wroclaw, A simple cost analysis in elastic optical networks
  • Invited talk: Anna Zakrzewska, Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent, Dublin, Ireland (check the prize competition deadline, 15th of July).


  • Lukasz Gadek, Coventry CTAC, The computation of pole-placement and root locus methods for an appealing class of bilinear systems.
  • Bartlomiej Superson, Love Songs Recognition System
  • Matelusz Borowski, Computer experimentation system for finding an optimal route considering fuel combustion traffic jams and delivery time