Digital Wonders: Open House at Rutgers

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Dysfunctional Behavior: Deborah Lubar


Don’t let dysfunctional family behavior creep into your

family business, says Deborah Lubar, who presents "You Talkin’

to Me? A Workshop in Really Listening," at the Rothman Institute

of Entrepreneurial Studies on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University

in Madison on Thursday, May 4, at 8:30 a.m. Call 973-443-8842.

According to Lubar, one of the most common and often destructive habits

among family members is tuning each other out. "With family members

we often think we know exactly what they’re going to say so we stop

listening," she says. "In a family situation, there’s a lot

of baggage, which can be beneficial, but sometimes it gets in the

way of hearing a new idea or solving a problem. You’re playing the

old family roles."

Role-playing can impede progress, but it also can heal, as Lubar,

an actor and writer who lives in Lincoln, Vermont, knows well. Lubar

spent nine years in the theater department at Smith College and does

a one-woman show in which she portrays real people — women she

has interviewed in various places in the world. In her most recent

show, for example, she portrays each of six Palestinian women living

in the West Bank. "The combination of interviewing and 12 years

of practicing a certain kind of energy healing have combined to give

me a special perspective on listening to people," says Lubar,

who has a BA from Oberlin and an MFA from Rutgers.

On the same day that Lubar gives her workshop, young entrepreneurs

from three New Jersey universities, all winners of the 2000 New Jersey

Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards program coordinated by Fairleigh Dickinson

University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, will be

honored at an awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

The New Jersey competition, sponsored by Bell Atlantic, is presented

in conjunction with the North American Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards

competition program coordinated by St. Louis University in Missouri.

The New Jersey winner automatically advances to the North American


The first place winner is Nicholas Leidl of Ringwood, founder

and owner of Entertainment Explosion, a full service entertainment

provider for events ranging from weddings to corporate affairs. Leidl,

a senior at St. Peters College in Jersey City, will receive $750 and

become eligible for a $10,000 award if he wins the North American


The second place winner is Constantino Procaccino Jr., owner

of La Borgata LLC, the Italian restaurant located in the Kingston

Shopping Center. Procaccino, a senior at Rider University, will receive

$300. The third place winner is Matthew Mastrorillo of Spring

Lake, owner of Night and Day Press LLC, a multimedia firm that publishes

information, products and services via print and electronic means.

Mastrorillo, a senior at Monmouth University, will receive $200.

Judges for the competition included Kenneth J. Burkhardt, co-founder

of Dialogic Corporation; Caren S. Franzini, executive director,

New Jersey Economic Development Authority; and Dick Forney,

business reporter, CNBC.

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Digital Wonders: Open House at Rutgers


It’s a cold and stormy day, and your first grader must

shiver and wait at the curb for 20 minutes because the school bus

has been delayed. But imagine this: a Palm Pilot-like device will

notify each household exactly when the school bus will ’round the

corner. It’s part of the "Digital Sprinkler" technology to

be discussed at the 30th anniversary celebration open house for the

Rutgers Department of Computer Science on Thursday, May 4.

The open house starts at 9:30 a.m. in the CoRE building on the Busch

Campus with a welcome by Francis Lawrence, Rutgers’ president,

and is followed by the keynote address by Kevin Kennedy, senior

vice president of Cisco Systems. Also speaking will be Tomasz Imielinski

and Saul Amarel of the department plus faculty members doing

demos and lectures on digital sprinklers and digital music libraries.

The program, including lunch and a reception at 5 p.m., is free by

preregistration. Call 732-445-2380 or E-mail:

Craig Nevill-Manning will present "A Digital Library of

Popular Music" at 2 p.m. Also in that time period, "Digital

Sprinklers: What You Want, When & Where You Want It" will be explained

by B.R. Badrinath, Richard Martin, and Brett Vickers.

Badrinath and Imielinski were among those who pioneered the "Dataman"

technology. Dataman’s mission was to develop ways to access the Internet

from mobile sources. "Infostations" could supposedly transmit

E-mail, faxes, voicemail, maps, and other complex computer files in

lightning-fast times to recipients on the move, using a technology

related to global positioning systems (U.S. 1, September 24, 1997).

"Dataman was more of a generic protocol," says Badrinath,

a 1983 graduate of the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore with

a doctor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

"Now we are implementing the architecture and trying to make it


Like a lawn sprinkler that puts water around a very small area, a

"digital sprinkler" spreads information in a local area, information

that would not be covered by radio traffic reports — telling,

for instance, if a particular road is icy or obstructed, or if a particular

school bus is delayed. Sensors by the side of the road could detect

just when a particular school bus passed by. Or GPS (global positioning

system) technology could be employed. Either way, the news flash would

go to all households on the route: "Bus will arrive at Stop 14

in six minutes." Similar services could be available for commuter

routes, to tell how long the backup is on Alexander Road versus Harrison


Who would pay for this? The neighborhood 7-11 or Dairy Queen might

buy this service as an advertising vehicle. Or it could be sold as

a subscription to parents of a particular school district.

Nevill-Manning will tell about an entertaining use of human genome

research — matching patterns. He works with bioinformatics but

he is also a jazz pianist, and so he is trying to create a digital

library of popular music.

"If you remember a tune but you can’t remember the name, you might

go to Tower Music and hum a bit of it. Actually, people at Tower Music

and music librarians get this all the time," says Nevill-Manning.

A computer science major at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury,

Class of 1989, he has a PhD from the University of Waikato and did

postdoctoral study at Stanford in biochemistry.

He uses MIDI technology (the digital music-rendering software often

used for Internet greeting cards) to record tunes for the library.

When someone sings a tune, the software program tries to match the

file with a MIDI file. If this research comes to fruition, any company

that sells CDs on the web or in a bricks and mortar store could help

their customers search, not only by text query, but also by singing.

One issue to be resolved is that to play the piece of music with good

fidelity would require an MP3 file. A MIDI file is like a card catalog

entry compared to the "real thing," the MP3 file. Another

problem: when the music is fully orchestrated, how to pick out the

important notes that the person is likely to sing.

"Because I play jazz piano, I like to make a connection between

my computer science research and music," says Nevill-Manning.

"In bioinformatics, many of the same problems come up — matching

protein sequences for the human genome project and matching music

sequences. If we can impress a teenager with our work we can be considered

a success."

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Entrepreneur of the Year

<B>Michael Hierl, CEO of Pacesetter Group, will receive

the Princeton Chamber’s Eight Annual Entrepreneurial Person of the

Year award on Thursday, May 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber meeting

at the Doral Forrestal.

Jay Brandinger, CEO of Westar Photonics, will also speak on

"Nurturing Small Business." Call 609-520-1776. Cost: $30.

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