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Availle’s other projects

Availle mostly records books, but every now and then, something else pops up. For example, she has recorded names of streets in Germany to be made into a synthetic voice for a navigation system. She also recorded telephone menus - hopefully they turned out not too annoying... Availle would do (almost) anything to support science and help spreading the word of reason. Thus, among her favourite projects are narrations for scientific videos. Three of them can be found below.

Science Video Narration

Zapping Zika with a Mosquito-Managing Drone: Computing Optimal Flight Patterns with Minimum Turn Cost

A. T. Becker, M. Debboun, S. P. Fekete, D. Krupke, A. Nguyen
A multimedia contribution for the 33rd Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG) 2017

Zika is a disease transmitted by mosquitos. In an attempt to eradicate zika, it is necessary to kill enough (infected) mosquitos. This is an approach using a drone with attached electrical grid that flies on a given path through mosquite swarms. The video below deals with the problem of computing an efficient path with as few turns as possible.

Watch the video on youtube, or watch it right here; it's 7:03 long:

The application sounds highly contrived - but that’s really how it’s done!

Triangulating Unknown Environments using Robot Swarms

A. Becker, S. P. Fekete, A. Kröller, S. Lee, J. McLurkin, C. Schmidt
A multimedia contribution for the 29th Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG) 2013

This video shows how swarms of inexpensive robots can be employed to efficiently explore an unknown area. Two different algorithms are explained and analysed; the first algorithm uses an infinite robot supply (clearly a theoretical setting). The second algorithm explains a heuristic for the more realistic case of a limited amount of robots exploring the area. All that theory is topped off with scenes of little, cute, and real robots executing the second algorithm.

Watch the video on youtube, or watch it right here; it's 8:47 long:

Point Guards and Point Clouds: Solving General Art Gallery Problems

D. Borrmann, P. J. de Rezende, C. C. de Souza, S. P. Fekete, S. Friedrichs, A. Kröller. A. Nüchter, C. Schmidt, D. C. Tozoni
A multimedia contribution for the 29th Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG) 2013

In this video, IRMA the robot is tasked to move around and scan its environment to produce three dimensional images. Since the scanning process is very time consuming, the goal is to find a minimal number of scan positions that, when taken together, provide a full view of the environment. For this, an intricate linear programming approach, that switches between the primal and dual problems, is presented.

Watch the video on youtube, or watch it here, it's 9:15 long:

Made From Availle's Free Recordings

Most of Availle's recordings are in the public domain and thus can be used freely and for all purposes - no extra permission needed. If you do use Availle's recordings, it would be nice to drop her a line or two though - she's always interested in hearing of such things! Below is one example of a derivative of Availle's recordings.

Takeoff by Joonas Kreen

album cover for My Luvly HammockJoonas Kreen is a young musician from Estonia. He plays a number of instruments and offers meditative music with soft melodies and roots in lounge-jazz. In his piece Takeoff from his first album My Luvly Hammock, he included a short sequence of Availle's solo recording The Early History of the Airplane.

Have a listen to a very short sample (00:24) of Takeoff featuring Availle:

Actually, the whole album is great, just what you need after too long a day in the office! Since then, Joonas has created more music, check it out on his homepage: www.joonaskreen.com