I started using MikTex 2.8 latest version, and encounter strange problem of missing “ifxetex.sty” file. It slower down the tex compiling procedure, because it try to download missing file every time.

A possible solution is:

1-  Copy from: C:\Program Files\MikTeX 2.8\tex\generic\ifxetex\ifxetex.sty  To: C:\Program Files\MikTeX 2.8\tex\latex\ifxetex\ifxetex.sty

2. In Start Menu -> MikTex 2.8 -> Maintenance (Admin), run “Update (Admin)” and update all pending update-able packages.
3. Start Menu -> MikTex 2.8 -> Maintenance (Admin), run “Settings (Admin)”. and Then from “General” tab, click “Refresh FNDB” and “Update Formats”

Now MikTex shouldn’t download missing file on every run.

Open PhD Positions

The Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) at the University of Trento and its research and industrial partners have 84 open PhD positions in the broad ICT area, almost all of them covered by scholarship.
Details on the PhD School and a link to the online application are provided at the bottom of this letter.

The deadline for applications is March 16, 2011, before 13:00, local time.

The Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science is one of the leading and faster-growing research institutions, characterized by a young and international faculty and by a large, international student population. Indicators for scientific production put the department among the top in Europe. The department and the PhD school closely collaborate with – and operate in – a fertile and rapidly growing research and innovation environment characterized by top class research centers and industrial research labs, and by the participation to the European Institute of Technology via the newly formed “Trento RISE” association. The successful candidate will therefore have the opportunity to work in a dynamic and exciting environment.

Trento is a vibrant city with a beautifully preserved historic center, consistently ranked among the best cities for quality of life in Italy. It offers a variety of cultural and sports opportunities all year around, as well as excellent food and wine.

[1] DISI web site: http://disi.unitn.it
[2] Research at DISI: http://disi.unitn.it/research
[3] PhD School: http://ict.unitn.it/
[4] Online application for PhD Positions: http://disi.unitn.it/edu/appform/login.xml

My New Homepage

Muhammad Imran has launched his new homepage.

On this web site you can have a look at his research interests, current projects, publications and other related stuff.

“The right music played by the right instruments at the right time in the right combination: that’s good orchestration,” said Leonard Bernstein, the great conductor and composer. Orchestration is a big part of composing music. Think of all the choices a composer has to make when writing his music. Should he use a flute or a violin or a drum or a tuba? Should he use one instrument or many? What combinations would sound the best with his music? As in music, orchestration plays a crucial role in the composition and deployment of sophisticated and complex Web Services.  More at http://tinyurl.com/3a2tusz

Research Evaluation tool (ResEval): calculate your citation &  metrics. Available at www.reseval.org from now on. new interface is coming!

In this day and age we all need to know what’s being said about us online. And in a way, it’s great that we can – imagine being able to monitor everything anyone said about you offline, good or bad – how cool would that be? Such a shame it can’t be done – but at least you can keep on top of your reputation online, with a few tools and a little time to set them up!Morag, 5 Ways to monitor your reputation (good or bad) online, Mar 2010

ICST’s Reputation Index analysis is provided in collaboration with Liquid Publications, the LiquidPub Project and powered by their ResEval technology. Researchers defining their Reputation Index will be able to:

1) Specifically promote publications they wish to make more visible using the tool, providing a top ten listing if you will, of all their career publications… more at http://icst.org/reputation-index-ucount/