Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best – John C. Maxwell
Last week I got this chance to visit Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. It was a great experience for me to see a new continent and of course a new culture!
I could divide my US experience into the following WADE:
These days, being an Iranian might make you a lot of troubles, especially when you want to apply for the US visa and more especially when you want to attend a conference which has information security, knowledge extraction, computer and these sort of keywords! Actually all the keywords are reserved for Iranians because everything is related to everything so comes nuclear energy at the end!
It took me more than two months to get cleared and to successfully receive my single entry visa for US. Fortunately, entering US after this long procedure was not so difficult, just a few questions from inspector Gadget at the Amsterdam Schiphol airport before departuring and a kind welcome at the LAX airport!
Staying in San Francisco for 5 days gave me a great opportunity to visit the world center of IT, Silicon Valley as well as a couple of top universities in the world.
San Francisco is the most densely settled large city in the state of California. More crowded than what I had imagined!
In the first day, I attended the CIKM2013 and ESAIR2013 (Sixth International Workshop on Exploiting Semantic Annotations in Information Retrieval). I met Krzysztof Janowicz and Dan Roth and had some chats on semantic annotation topics. The workshop concluded with a long discussion to disambiguate the definition of Semantic Annotation. At the end, I do not think we could come to an agreement though we all had the same meaning in mind but with different terms!