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View the documentNews -- robotics labs; information services
View the documentResources -- information-science lists
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View the documentComputists -- Brian Yamauchi, Jim Sims, Bill Cavnar
View the documentDiscussion -- shamrock organizations
View the documentResources -- British employment; job hotlines
View the documentNews -- job opportunities
View the documentCorrections -- Tsukuba contact; NSF SBIR number

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has just published their 1991 RI/SME Robotics R&D Laboratory Directory, ISBN 0-87263-411-6. The directory is international in scope, with information on research and application areas, sources and levels of funding, and research mission. (800) 733-4763. [Cliff Loucks (, comp.robotics, 10/9.]

Jack Kessler In other parts of the country, USWest has arranged a joint venture with France Telecom to market the French Minitel system here, and Ameritech has acquired the NOTIS bibliographic system. Development by acquisition is alive and well. (Ameritech also has LS2000 and the SC350 Acquisitions and Serials system from OCLC, and will soon own Dynix. Dan Lester (alileste@idbsu) says that DRA is on the market -- whatever that is. The number of systems available to public libraries may diminish as a result of such acquisitions.) As Jack points out, anyone looking for grant money and contracts would be foolish not to approach the Baby Bells. The companies are "dusting off old projects, actively seeking new projects, and taking an aggressive plunge into libraries and information service." [PACS-L, 10/27.]

McGraw-Hill has announced Primis, a customized textbook service. You select articles and chapters from their copyright stable, add your own course materials (outlines, handouts, syllabus, notes, etc.), and have R.R. Donnelley print it with consecutive page numbering and your name and course on the title page. You even get an ISBN number and recycled paper with soy- based inks. Primis, McGraw-Hill; (212) 512-6838 [Peter Graham (graham@zodiac.bitnet), PACS-L, 10/27.] (One drawback -- you wouldn't want to include any course materials for which you haven't obtained copyright clearance.)

The Research Libraries Group (RLG) has added Arabic-script capability to RLIN (the Research Libraries Information Network). You can now enter and retrieve bibliographic records written in Arabic script or in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Hebraic, Yiddish, and Cyrillic. The Library of Congress has been beta-testing the system. Users will need special RLIN terminal-emulation software and an 80286 or 80386 PC. Contact the RLIN Information Center, (800) 537-RLIN, [Jennifer Porro (, Libres, 1/20.]

Computer scientists might be interested in taking or creating courses in legal domains. Chicago Kent has a course in computer applications for use by lawyers. Computer law courses include patent and copyright law, database issues, interbank transfers, computer security, etc. And Northeastern, Rutgers, and Villinova teach computational models of legal reasoning. For leads, check law school catalogs or the computers and law section in AALS. [Donald Berman (, AIL-L, 10/18.] (Other resources are Books in Print, CACM, and the many AI magazines.)

Ben Shneiderman ( is giving a broadcast course on User Interface Strategies '92 this 12/12/91. Ben will talk about information visualization. Tom Landauer (Bellcore) will speak on text interfaces; Brad Myers (CMU) on interfaces that learn by example; and Brenda Laurel (Telepresence Research) on telepresence. Attendees can phone or Fax questions. $1,600 for a site license, or call (301) 405-4905 for central viewing cites. [IRList, 10/13.] (An interesting way to make a living. There's a satisfying recursion in using telecommunications to teach telepresence.)

The Electronic Communal Temporal Lobe (ECTL) is a list for speech-interface enthusiasts. Contact ectl-request [David C.J. Leip (, Neuron Digest, 10/25.]

EDSTAT-L is a list for statistics teachers, especially at the college level. Send a "sub edstat-l yourfullname" message to [Tim Arnold (, Arachnet, 10/23.]

Thinknet is a new online journal of philosophy, including systems theory. The first issue is 52Kb, with articles on the GEnie, WELL, and internet philosophy discussion lists. (Thinknet will be echoed on these bboards.) The journal includes reviews of books (The Matrix, !%@::), newsletters (Artcom, Factsheet Five), and other publications (Boardwatch, Software Engineering Foundations). For a free subscription, send a "SEND THINKNET TO YourFullName AT YourEmailAddress" message to thinknet Hardcopy is available for a fee. For Bitnet access, send a "get thinknet doc" message to listserv (Full distribution isn't working yet, but there is a PHILOS-L list.) Thinknet, P.O. Box 8383, Orange, CA 92664-8383. [Kent D. Palmer (, 10/23.]

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. (lib3@uhupvm1.bitnet), has compiled a list of network conferences and journals for librarians. [PACS-L, 10/29.] Bitnet lists that might interest Computists are:

ARCHIVES@INDYCMS Archives and Archivists List BRS-L@USCVM BRS/Search Users BUSLIB-L@IDBSU Business Librarians CDROMLAN@IDBSU CD-ROM LANs CHMINF-L@IUBVM Chemical Information Sources CNI-ARCH@UCCVMA Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Architecture and Standards Work Group CNIDIR-L@UNMVM CNI Working Group on Directories CWIS-L@WUVMD Campus-Wide Information Systems GOVDOC-L@PSUVM Government Documents INFO+REF@INDYCMS Information + Referral List INNOPAC@MAINE Innovative Interfaces Users IR-L@UCCVMA IRLIST Digest (information retrieval) PRICES-L@UNCVX1 Newsletter on Serials Pricing Issues (Incl. discussion of electronic journals.) LIBRES@KENTVM Library and Information Science Research MAPS-L@UGA Maps and Air Photo Forum PACS-L@UHUPVM1 Public-Access Computer Systems Forum (Includes PACS News and PACS Review.)

To subscribe to PACS-L, for instance, send a "SUB PACS-L firstname lastname" message to listserv@uhupvm1.bitnet. (Case does not matter.) Many LISTSERVs also provide archives and database services.

On the internet, you may be interested in, a discussion of Telnet access to network resources. Send subscription requests to Peter Scott ( Other electronic journals about information technology are MeckJournal ( and Hot Off the Tree (telnet to and type SHOW HOTT, or contact Susan Jurist (

The number of AI societies and journals keeps growing. Here's a partial list from Barbara Francett [Computerworld, 7/29]:

AAAI, Menlo Park, CA, (415) 328-3123. Am. Soc. for Information Science, Silver Spring, MD, (301) 495-0900. Assoc. for Systems Management, Cleveland, OH, (216) 243-6900. IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, (202) 371-0101. Society for Machine Intelligence, Detroit, MI, (313) 832-5400. ACM SIGART, New York, NY, (212) 869-7440.

AI Expert, monthly, $37, (415) 397-1881. AI Today, bimonthly, $95, (304) 965-5548. AI Trends, monthly, $295, (602) 585-8587. Intelligence -- The Future of Computing, monthly, $295, (212) 222-1123. Intelligent Software Strategies, monthly, $367, (617) 648-8700. Intelligent Systems Report, monthly, $249, (404) 434-2187. Neural Networks Today, monthly, $95, (206) 892-5880. PC AI, bimonthly, $21.95, (602) 439-3253. The Spang Robinson Report on AI, monthly, $355, (212) 850-6347.

Of course, we're not limited to U.S. services: The Society for the Study of AI and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), the U.K.'s leading AI society, has 900 members in its 26th year. Membership is 18.00 pounds, or 12.00 for students. (Europe 20/14 pounds, elsewhere 25/18.) Benefits include The AISB Quarterly Newsletter, the European Journal on AI (AI Communications), the AISB Electronic Mail Directory, and reduced rates on Elsevier's Artificial Intelligence journal and Kluwer's Artificial Intelligence Review. AISB also sponsors a biennial conference and many workshops and tutorials. Judith Dennison (, Cognitive and Computing Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QH, UK; +44 (0) 273 678379; +44 (0) 273 678188 Fax. [Neuron Digest, 10/25.]

Brian Yamauchi ( has just completed a summer at JPL developing navigation behaviors for a prototype Mars minirover. Last summer, he worked at Hughes Research Labs on perceptual memory for a hallway-following robot. As a Ph.D. student at URochester, Brian studied behavior-based learning, genetic algorithms, control integration, and hand-eye coordination. (Demos were a freeway driving simulation and a balloon-bouncing robot.) He's currently looking for an R&D position in sensor-based robotics, autonomous agents, or artificial life.

(Brian would like to see more Computists' discussion of research system-building careers in academia (MIT AI Lab and Media Lab, CMU Robotics Institute, UCB, Stanford, etc.), nonprofits (SRI, JPL), and industry (IBM T.J. Watson, AT&T Bell Labs, others?). What conditions permit freedom to pursue interesting ideas? Brian is also interested in general advice for young computer scientists -- e.g., funding and tenure politics. What things do you know now that you wish you had known in your early days?)

James A. Sims, Jr. (, is a Member of Technical Staff at The MITRE Corporation, Washington, DC. Jim would like to get back to coastal Georgia or Florida, especially working in neural networks and machine learning, simulation, process control, planning, scheduling, or space exploration. He also has experience in data acquisition, CAD/CAM/CIM, robotics, graphics, scientific programming, knowledge engineering, MIS, system management, and project management. He's done some database consulting, likes teaching seminars, and has been helping DECUS schedule its national symposia. He has a Master's in CS from Johns Hopkins, with a BS in Physics and CS from UNew Orleans. He's worked for Martin Marietta Aerospace, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Southeastern Carriers, Inc., Space Telescope Science Inst., and Terman Frydenlund Applied Technology, often on military contracts. Jim likes outdoors activities, exploration, and problem solving.

Bill Cavnar ( is a software engineer with ERIM, The Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, working on knowledge-based OCR and address reading for the Post Office. He has a degree in Mathematical Sciences from Rice University (1973), and programmed many business and scientific systems before joining ERIM last year. Bill is an information addict, and has squirreled away a huge collection of papers and Internet tidbits. Topics include AI, artificial life, biological computation, cyberspace, genetic algorithms, hypertext, NLP, neural networks, online thesauri, robotics, and dozens of other topics -- especially humor.

Ramesh Ravula ( is interested in Computists' views on management structures. He gives the following explanation of shamrock organizations, from Charles Handy's "The Age of Unreason":

Shamrock, the Irish national emblem, is a small clover-like plant with three leaves to each stem. It was used by St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to symbolize the Trinity, or three aspects of God. Handy derives an organizational structure from this idea. The first leaf represents core workers -- or the professional core, as he prefers to call them -- consisting of a few qualified professionals, technicians, and managers who hold the organizational knowledge. Production work is contracted out to organizations that are the second leaf of the shamrock. As much work as possible is contracted to specialty organizations that should, in theory, be able to do it better and for less cost. The third leaf is the flexible labor force: all those part-time and temporary workers who (Handy says) are the fastest growing part of the employment scene.

Handy then adds a non-existent fourth leaf: the customer. Since the customer is not paid by the organization, this fourth leaf cannot exist as a part of the formal structure of the shamrock. But he does cite instances where the customer actually does the work. Where we collect our own groceries from the shelves, our parents had shop assistants do it for them. Our private cars have replaced delivery vans. Furniture makers persuade us that it is clever to assemble our own kitchens. One day, smart restaurants may charge customers for cooking their own food. [Try a Mongolian grill, or Oriental hotpot cooking.] What is clever in this fourth leaf is removing the service, then charging extra for providing it as an optional extra, with special delivery or special fitting. It is a way of saving labor in the core of the shamrock and reintroducing it as a part of the contractual fringe.

The recession is taking its toll in Britain, as elsewhere. Northern areas are having the most trouble. London is doing better, but expensive. High-tech jobs are mostly to the west of London -- Swindon, Bristol, etc. Living is cheaper but jobs harder to get as you move west. You might try finding work through the list (via EEC members can work in Britain without having capital, but New Zealanders et al. must raise 2,000 pounds. (New Zealand has 17% unemployment and almost no R&D or computer industry.) [,, 10/11.] (Frazer has compiled a list of 25 British employment agencies. I can provide a copy.)

Readers of m.j.o have contributed the following hotline numbers, at the suggestion of Mark P. Herro (romanic Update frequencies vary. (Be careful with 900 numbers; the job leads could be from weeks-old local want ads.) If there's a company you really want to work for, you might call their personnel department and see if they have a hotline. (JPL does not have one.)

Banc Plus, San Antonio, TX, (512) 525-7728 City of Austin, TX, (512) 499-3202 [Professional Jobs] City of Austin, TX, (512) 499-3204 [Technical Jobs] CompuAdd, Austin, TX, (512) 250-2026 Dell Computer, Austin, TX, (512) 338-4400 x7190 Burroughs/Wellcome, Durham, NC, (919) 248-8347 City of Raleigh, NC, (919) 890-3305 North Carolina State U., NC, (919) 515-3737 Wake County, NC, (919) 856-6115 City of West Hollywood, CA, (213) 854-7309 Air Quality Management District, El Monte, CA, (818) 572-2036 City of Burbank, CA, (818) 953-9724 Countrywide Thrift, Burbank, CA, (818) 304-5925 Paramount Pictures, Burbank, CA, (213) 956-5216 Warner Bros, Burbank, CA, (213) 337-4914 California Polytechnic Inst. at Pomona, CA, (714) 869-2100 California State U., Fullerton, CA, (714) 773-3385 California State U., Los Angeles, CA, (213) 343-3678 California State U., Northridge, CA, (818) 885-2087 CalTech, Pasadena, CA, (818) 796-2229 [updated Friday afternoon] UAkron, Akron, OH, (216) 972-7091 UDayton, Dayton, OH, (513) 229-3377 Oregon State U., Corvallis, OR, (503) 737-0554 State of Oregon, Salem OR, (503) 373-1199 UDelaware Professionals Hotline, (302) 451-2100 Barrett Group Job Finders Hotline, CA, (415) 677-9332 Underwriters Lab, Research Triangle Park, NC, (919) 549-5227.

About the NSF fellowship competition: I've been told that there were about 7,000 applicants last year, with 950 awards and approximately 2,500 honorable mentions. That's a 13.6% chance for those who complete the application, or about 1 in 7. [Daniel Fain (,, 10/28.]

The Dept. of Electronics and Circuits at the Universidad Simon Bolivar seeks PhD faculty in microelectronics, power electronics, signal and image processing, telecommunications or biomedical engineering. Send resume to Prof. Francisco Garcia Luna, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Depto. de Electronica y Circuitos, Apdo. 89000, Caracas 1080A, Venezuela, by 11/20/91. For information, contact Gianfranco Passariello (emsca!conicit!

UKent at Canterbury, Electronic Engineering Labs, is looking for a PhD-level research fellow in goal-seeking neural networks for image analysis. The 3-year position pays 11,969-14,170 pounds. Contact Michael Fairhurst or David Bisset ( by 11/1/91. [connectionists, 10/23.]

Boston University Dept. of Cognitive and Neural Systems seeks a tenure-track assistant professor for Fall '92. Contact Carol Jefferson ( or Stephen Grossberg by 1/1/92. [David Lukas (, 10/29.]

Argonne National Lab (Argonne, IL) needs a scientific programmer for climate modeling on parallel computers. Contact Ian Foster ( [Rick Stevens (, m.j.o, 10/18.]

Loma Linda University Medical Center's (LLUMC) Radiation Research Lab (Loma Linda, CA) needs a computer scientist to design and build distributed, object-oriented databases and to conduct research at their Proton Treatment Center. Jon W. Slater ( [m.j.o, 10/18.]

Fujitsu America, Inc. (San Jose, CA)'s computational research group needs a computer graphics specialist to develop stereographic visualization software for a distributed workstation environment. [Brucy H. Elton (elton@fai.uucp), m.j.o, 10/18.]

Georgia Tech's new College of Computing (Atlanta, GA) needs faculty in high performance computing, operating systems, software engineering, graphics, and theoretical computer science. Contact Prof. Karsten Schwan ( by 2/15/92. [Chris Garner (, m.j.o, 10/23.]

UC Santa Cruz, Computer and Information Sciences, seeks a July 1 assistant professor in scientific visualization. $46,800 - $49,200. Contact by 1/2/92. [Lisa Pascal (, m.j.o, 10/24.]

Lawrence Berkeley Lab (Berkeley, CA), Information and Computing Sciences Division, needs a postdoctoral fellow in computational biology for DNA sequence assembly. Frank Olken ( [m.j.o, 10/24.]

Ohio State University's School of Architecture is seeking an assistant or associate professor in computational architecture/landscape design and planning. Dr. Jerrold Voss, (614) 292-6806. [Muralidhar Paranandi (mparanan, m.j.o, 10/29.]

An East Coast corporation wants an MS/PhD in CS to develop tools for computer-supported cooperative work and multimedia applications. R&D environment; publishing encouraged. Chad Thomas ( [m.j.o, 10/25.] (Thomas Search Consultants specializes in nationwide AI and user-interface R&D recruiting. 8409 Lake Crest Terrace, Suite B, Fairfax Station, VA 22039; (703) 643-2226, (703) 643-0712 Fax.)

Chad Thomas is also looking for an MS/PhD for an established East Coast R&D group to do rapid prototyping of interfaces for AI-based decision support and command and control systems. [, 10/17.]

COMPUTER LANGUAGE (San Francisco, CA) is looking for a Product Review Editor to supervise reviews of software development tools. Larry O'Brian ( [m.j.o, 10/29.] (This is for Miller Freeman Computer Unit, the publisher of AI Expert. Might be a good entry.)

Sterling Federal Systems (Palo Alto, CA) needs a graphical user-interface programmer for a LISP-based intelligent data-flow Scientific Modeling Assistant under development for the AI Research Branch, NASA Ames Research Center. [Rich Keller (,, 10/22.]

Evan Reid from Shell Development Company (Houston, TX) is conducting campus interviews for CS PhDs in communications, graphics, parallel computing, computational science, AI, database management, software engineering, distributed computing, and other areas. [,, 10/22.]

I mentioned TI's new Tsukuba R&D Center without giving an address. Jan Lavergne ( has helped me find additional info: Don Shaw can be reached at Tsukuba Research and Development Center, Texas Instruments, 17 Miyukigaoka, Tsukuba, Ibariki, Japan 305; phone 81298501701.

Jim Sims reports that the NSF SBIR program number is now (202) 357-7527.

-- Ken