|Volume 3: No. 21|
Each week I find more research software announcements than I can summarize for the Communique. Saving them on my hard disk isn't helping anyone, so I'm going to pass along the unedited announcements to anyone who wants them -- Computist or not. I'm sure the Usenet authors won't mind my distributing them further. Let me know if you want to be included.
Louis Gerstner wore a blue shirt (rather than white) on his first day as IBM CEO. Gerstner is getting paid $2M/year. The NYT says that retired chairman John Akers will get $1.2M/year for life. [CPU, 5/1/93. Steven J. Masover (emma @uclink.berkeley.edu), m.j.o.]
Andersen Consulting, an AI-aware operations and systems service, has been expanding into management consulting. One problem for their corporate culture is that top management consultants -- often from McKinsey, Boston Consulting, or Booz Allen -- bill out at $500 per hour. Andersen's technical consultants bill at only $200 per hour, and are unhappy with the implied shift in status. [BW, 4/12/93, p. 86.] Competing management consulting firms include IBM, Computer Sciences Corp., EDS, DEC, Cap Gemini Sogeti, and Unisys.
Information systems managers are often parodied in computer cartoons, but only 6% seem to fit the cliche of Defenders guarding their eroding power bases. 24% are Visionaries -- CIOs and IS champions with a high-level approach to corporate competitiveness and end-user effectiveness. 42% are Warriors -- internal entrepreneurs leading the downsizing charge (to better serve their users). 21% are Overseers -- nine-to-five people looking for easier ways to provide current services. The remaining 7% are Technocrats -- comparison shoppers and tire kickers who are cautiously excited by the latest chip or mainframe. [Gary Beach, Computerworld Candle insert, 11/16/92.]
Nice idea: Carol Kennedy's "Instant Management: The Best Ideas from the People Who Have Made a Difference in How We Manage" is a 201-page synopsis of 34 management gurus' contributions. Unfortunately, the writing is shallow and dull. Tom Peters' "Thriving on Chaos" is reduced to a list of 45 one-line precepts. [Keith Hammonds, BW, 5/3/93, p. 17.]
Many Japanese universities offer 1-year (non-degree) MBA-level programs. Three schools offer degree programs: Keio University (Yokohama), (045)562-3502 Fax; International University of Japan (Nigata); and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Administration (Aichi), (05617)3-1202 Fax. Keio is the oldest and largest, and uses a case method. A third of the courses are in English, and Keio exchanges students with Wharton and other foreign business schools. IUJ is lecture-oriented and has close ties with Dartmouth. All courses are in English. The school's rural setting reduces cost of living. Nagoya is the newest, and emphasizes international business and information systems. [Shigefumi Makino (email@example.com), AJBS-L, 5/13/93.] IUJ at Nigata accepts only 30 Japanese and 30 non-Japanese each year. Scholarships for the lucky pay tuition plus Y100K living expenses. Courses are similar to those at Dartmouth, but you can take Japanese for credit. 0257-79-1500, 0257-79-4443 Fax. In the US, contact the IUJ Program Office at (603) 646-3422, (603) 646-1308 Fax. [Peter McColgan (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Sangyo Noritsu Daigaku (Sanno College) in Isehara, Kanagawa, also has a new MBA program. Sophia University's MA in Comparative Culture (international business emphasis) is also well-respected. Courses are in English, and are often attended by many business people. [Allan Bird (email@example.com).]
Why hasn't Japan's software industry prospered? Michael Schrage says it's because Japanese corporations have few computers, prefer custom solutions, and have not been concerned with white-collar productivity. Also, Japanese talk to one another instead of writing memos and preparing presentations. Recent price cuts in US software will make it even harder for Japan to compete. [SJM, 5/17/93.]
Laid-off Boeing engineers are not expected to find work at their old salaries, and even those still employed are not happy with their pay. (The engineers held a one-day strike, but with little effect. Boeing has strictly limited assignment to the engineering job title, so most computer scientists aren't entitled to join the engineering union.) Applied Voice Technology in Seattle recently advertised one programming position and received 350 resumes. [CPU, 5/1/93. Steven J. Masover (firstname.lastname@example.org), m.j.o.]
Since Momenta Corp. collapsed, founder Kamran Elahian has been touring places like Russia, Turkmenistan, and a quiet island near Fiji. Waking up to the drums every morning, he began to ask "Why do we need all this technology anyway?" [Rory J. O'Connor, SJM, 2/17/93.]
Civil engineers Scott Taylor and John Biver quit their jobs in 1983 to sell small engineering programs they had written. Sales grew slowly from $45K the first year to $750K the fifth year. They had a great product but weren't getting the word out, so in 1990 they hired Rodney Blum to run the company. Their telemarketing force now numbers almost 145 employees, and sales have reached $11M. 20 civil engineers and land surveyors field toll-free customer calls. Their Engineering Data Systems Corp. has reached 2nd place among 90 competitors in an $800M niche. The founders have more free, creative time and feel more in control than previously. [Damon Darlin, Forbes, 3/29/93, p. 88.]
Russian programmers can be hired through AURIGA, Inc. (8401 Washington Place, NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113), (505) 828-9100, (505) 828-9115 Fax. Their Russian contact at Moscow State University Research Computer Center is Igor Pochinok (email@example.com), (095) 939-1784, (095) 939-0300 Fax. Lisp, Prolog, C++, C, Pascal, Fortran, Assembler for Unix, MS DOS, or Windows. Visas for on-site programming can be arranged. [m.j.o, 5/20/93.] (If you've dreamed of making and selling your own software, perhaps you should let others make it. You can then spend full time on the marketing and on design of your next product.)
Ernest Henley, past president of the American Physical Society, has warned the House that the US research community is growing too fast. Universities should "consolidate and cooperate," and NSF should be more selective so that funds are not spread too thinly. Increased investment alone is not the answer. [Robert L. Park, WHAT'S NEW, 5/21/93.] (This may be a battle between constituencies. Those that "have" want bigger, longer grants for large projects at established centers and labs. Those that "have not" want easy small grants for exploratory work by new researchers.)
D.R. Forsdyke's "On Giraffes and Peer Review" (FASEB Journal, 4/93) claims that peer review is failing. Giraffes have a nerve bundle running down to the chest, around a major blood vessel, and back up to the larynx -- clearly a mistake due to evolution. Sometimes design by revolution is preferable. Forsdyke sees the North American peer-review system (for biomedicine grants) as evolved for grantsmanship rather than scientific ability. "The less obvious an idea is, the more difficult it is to communicate." Grantsmen review each other's proposals and also review (and approve!) the grant-review process. Problems are blamed on lack of money or lack of alternatives. Meanwhile there has been competition at the expense of collaboration, and an increase in fraud and plagiarism. Forsdyke advocates bicameral review, with a PI's track record judged by peers and the proposed work judged by agency staff. A sliding funding scale would then apply, with track record getting the most weight. Details can be found in his papers in FASB J. 5, 2312-2314 (1991) and Accountability in Research 3, 1-5 (1992). [forsdyke @qucdn.queensu.ca, sci.research, 5/17/93.]
(I am not convinced that creative ideas need be obscure, or that projects without explainable benefit should win public funding. Grantsmanship and scientific merit can be complimentary rather than inimical. Besides, learning to use the system works better in the short term than bitching about the system. Funding by track record perpetuates an "old boy" system that would stifle progress. What is really needed is a statement of why the work needs doing, what evidence -- if any -- supports the approach, what resources are needed, and why we should believe that the PI can do the work. This last element may be based on track record, but track record alone is not sufficient. Agency staff should act as venture capitalists, drawing on the scientific community for guidance. That is how peer review currently works, except that the process has become too mechanical. Bureaucrats are playing the role of Lucy in the cake factory, watching the assembly line accelerate into chaos. At NSF, most proposals are never read by program directors -- there's no time! ARPA makes better use of program managers. Hire good people and give them a chance to be professional.)
National labs have always "employed the best scientists and left them alone," according to William Burnett. With current funding, it is necessary that needs be identified, goals set, and progress measured. Industry must be involved in lab R&D from the beginning, and labs must not be "shelves of technologies waiting to be commercialized," according to William Spencer. The House science committee under George Brown (D-California) is reevaluating the US national lab system. 30 labs employ 56K people for $6.5B/year. Brown's H.R. 1432 would require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a plan to consolidate the nuclear weapons programs, add committees to advise the labs on tech transfer, and streamline the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) process (but require more accountability on CRADAs over $500K). DOE lab mission statements would be made explicit, including a goal of improving science, math and engineering education. Congressional witnesses were not entirely happy about having more advisory committees, and there has been debate over whether competition in ideas is more beneficial than lab consolidation. [Audrey T. Leath (firstname.lastname@example.org), FYI #67, sci.research, 5/20/93.] (Competition in ideas. You don't hear about that from people who want easy grant money for past productivity. Past success is a good predictor of future effort, but so is a good research proposal.)
"An Insider's Guide to Choosing a Graduate Adviser and Research Projects in Laboratory Sciences" can be FTP'd as jce.send in pub/Advice.For.Grad.Students on csd4.csd.uwm.edu. Only slightly different from the version in J. of Chemical Education, 1993, 70, pp. 303-306. Comments to Marshall Dermer (email@example.com). [sci.engr, 5/15/93.]
"Real-World Engineering: A Guide to Achieving Career Success," (IEEE Press, 1991) by L. Kamm includes tips on time management and company politics. "What they didn't teach you in engineering school." [Daniel Romanchik (firstname.lastname@example.org), sci.engr, 5/23/93.]
Jorn Barger is circulating a memoir of life in Roger Schank's Institute for the Learning Sciences (ILS) at Northwestern University. Jorn is no longer working there, and vents a little steam as he describes his adventures in cognitive psychology. Jorn writes, for instance, of a not-invented-by-Roger syndrome that forces each new project to have a theoretical tie to one of Schank's publications. For catching up on Roger's work, Jorn recommends "Tell Me a Story" or perhaps "The Connoisseur's Guide to the Mind." These and other ILS reports are available, free to academics, from Elizabeth Brasher-Brown (email@example.com). [firstname.lastname@example.org, comp.ai, 2/7/93.]
Johan "Julf" Helsingius has implemented a new anonymous server. Send a message to email@example.com (or deutsch @anon.penet.fi or firstname.lastname@example.org) for info. Julf warns that messages are not anonymous until they reach him, and mailer problems could return your original message to your postmaster or to the addressee. [email@example.com. Bill Park, 5/19/93.] Anonymous postings within a company can be very useful. They can also be vindictive and disruptive, but systems people can easily capture or block repeated postings.
There was a bit of excitement on the net when C.B. Hayden, Supervisor of Online Information Systems at ABC News, requested that leads on Medicare fraud be sent to the ABC News Research Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. It seems there are a lot of people on the net who would love to send their views to ABC News. Class.org is a library research organization, though -- probably not a direct wire to ABC. [David S.A. Stine (email@example.com), info.firearms.politics. CARR-L, 4/29/93.] (Can you maintain an unlisted net address? Even the anon server wouldn't keep ABC from a flood of return mail. I suppose they could just bounce incoming mail from unapproved hosts, as some IBM/VNET sites do.)
A debate recently broke out on firstname.lastname@example.org about whether the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) represents "the people" or "industry." EFF's advocated national policies are aimed at empowering the people through cheap electronic communication, and more than half of its support comes from Mitch Kapor, the Kapor Family Foundation, and John Gilmore. Mitch hasn't sold out in order to raise funds. On the other hand, EFF does have $10K-$50K contributions (each) from Dunn & Bradstreet, National Cable Television, MCI, American Newspaper Publishers, Apple, Sun, Adobe, IBM, Prodigy, Electronic Mail Associates, Microsoft, and others. Sometimes their interests coincide. To stay current on EFF, send a message to email@example.com asking for the new EFF Networks and Policy newsletter. [Dave Farber (firstname.lastname@example.org), com-priv, 4/13/93.]
One EFF position is that we should proceed with ISDN as a step toward optical fiber to homes. ISDN is available in a few areas at about $70 installation and $30 per month; federal pressure would speed general availability and reduce costs. (With ISDN, one ordinary phone line can carry simultaneous voice and data channels totaling 144Kbps, or nearly 1Mbps with 8-to-1 compression. Most of the technology is already in place. [Andrew Blau (email@example.com, com-priv, 4/19/93.]) Meanwhile, Tele-Communications Inc. is planning to spend $2B by 1996 to link more than 400 communities via optical fiber. NTT will spend some $400B over the next 22 years to link every piece of communications equipment in Japan via fiber. [NYT, 4/12-13/93. EDUPAGE, 4/15/93.]
Another com-priv debate concerns asynchronous vs. symmetric bandwidth in home services delivery. One group says that return bandwidth can be low (e.g., 64Kbps) in order to reduce cost and permit the widest-possible delivery of information services. Information suppliers who need greater bandwidth should have to pay for it themselves. An opposing group claims that fiber bandwidth is cheap and should be provided equally in both directions. That would encourage individuals to start BBSs, exchange images and data, or sell information to each other. Asymmetry suits the broadcast and information industries; symmetry is better if millions of people are to become knowledge workers, filtering and repackaging information from their home offices. Videophone services also favor the symmetric model, but phone companies are loathe to install cheap digital bandwidth that could replace lucrative voice-circuit pricing. Government regulation and policy influence are almost a given, so free-market economics won't necessarily settle the issue. The decisions made now may affect our grandchildren. [5/25/93.]
The 85-minute film "WAX, or the discovery of television among the bees" was broadcast on the Internet multimedia backbone (MBONE) on 4/22. Current technology permits 350 x 200 pixels, black and white, 3-5 frames per second. [firstname.lastname@example.org, comp.multimedia. DESIGN-L.] A FAQ file about the MBONE can be FTP'd from faq.txt in mbone on venera.isi.edu. The editor is Steve Casner (email@example.com). [Paul Brown (brown @erc.msstate.edu), Arachnet, 5/20/93.]
Oracle Corp. and US West are working on a low-cost multimedia server that will let information suppliers focus on content rather than storage or user-access issues. The first service, multimedia messaging, may be ready late this year. [HPCwire, 5/15/93.]
Low-cost, nation-wide, full-service internet connections were surveyed recently by the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries' Internet Committee. Fees vary from city to city, so there can be no universally cheapest service. On balance, MAALL recommends The Well and Delphi for those who can't get courtesy accounts through universities. Rates were also tabulated for CLASS, Dial n' Cerf, Holonet, HSLC, Portal, PSIlink, and WLN for several usage assumptions. Communication costs are the biggest variable. The Well (Sausalito) charges $15/month, $2/hour, and $4/hour for national access through CompuServe's packet network. Call (415) 332-4335. Delphi (Cambridge, MA) charges $10/month and $4/hour beyond 4 hours (or $20/month and $1.80/hour beyond 20 hours). Internet access is another $3/month. Sprintnet access to Delphi is $9/hour in prime time, but local numbers or other communications options may be available. Call (617) 491-3393. [Jim Miles (firstname.lastname@example.org), PACS-L, 7/6/93.]
America Online is now just $9.95/month, which includes the first five hours of usage. Additional hours will be $3.50 starting 7/1/93. 9,600bps access should be available soon, possibly at the same price. [TidBITS, 4/26/93. comp.sys.mac.digest. Bill Park.]
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed to sell shares worth $112M. He said that he might buy controlling interest in America Online. [SJM, 5/22/92.]
The Army Center of Excellence in Information Sciences (ACEIS) at Clark Atlanta University (GA) needs a PhD AI research scientist to assist the director and others in designing, implementing, and presenting clusters of AI research activities. KE, PR, GA, NN, NLP, FL. Contact Dr. R. Srikanth (email@example.com) by 6/15. [m.j.o, 5/20/93.] (Sounds like a great job!)
The National Research Council (NRC) Computing and Telecommunications office has an immediate opening for a PhD-level staff member to manage policy research projects involving computers and privacy. Interesting people, substantial influence. Contact Herb Lin, (202) 334-3191. [Paul Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org), 5/19/93. Larry Hunter.]
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology, Adaptive Systems Research Group, has a postdoc opening in neural-network and nonparametric learning for time series analysis and forecasting. John Moody (email@example.com), (503) 690-1554. [connectionists, 5/21/93.]
Autometric Inc. (Alexandria, VA) has a summer Unix/C programming job for a graduate student familiar with neural networks and Fourier or wavelet transforms. Terrence W. Barrett, 5301 Shawnee Road, 22312; (703) 658-4021 Fax. [John Ko (firstname.lastname@example.org), m.j.o, 5/18/93.]
The Apple-ISS Research Center at the Institute of System Science, National University of Singapore, needs a PhD project leader for research in Chinese handwriting recognition. Meng-Yong Goh (email@example.com). [m.j.o, 5/19/93.]
Arbor Intelligent Systems, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI) needs an experienced ObjectWorks Smalltalk programmer and an MS level Smalltalk programmer with guru potential. Leadership roles within 12 months. Ron Suarez (firstname.lastname@example.org), (313) 996-4238, (313) 996-4241 Fax. [Henry Hardy (email@example.com), m.j.o, 5/19/93.]
A Florida group needs an experienced Unix/C/X knowledge engineer for "analysis of expert system architecture" and knowledge-base coding. Two software engineers are also needed. Kevin Levi Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Advanced Information Systems Group, Inc., (407) 774-7181, (407) 774-8911 Fax. [m.j.o, 5/20/93.]
Loral Librascope Corp., Advanced Programs Department (Los Angeles), needs a US MS/PhD in automated planning for embedded military C2 planning systems. Uncertainty reasoning, decision theory, search, constraint reasoning, situation assessment. Carey Sublette (email@example.com), (818) 502-7000, or supervisor Irina Vainshtein, (818) 502-7390, (818) 502-7336 Fax. [comp.ai, 5/19/93.]
The Swedish Institute of Computer Science (Kista) needs two neural-network researchers, one of them permanent. Telecommunications and robotics applications are of interest, but theory is also important. Apply by 6/15 to Gunnar Sjodin (firstname.lastname@example.org), +46-8-751 72 30 Fax. [connectionists, 5/18/93.]
The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC) in Reston, VA, needs a graduate student for summer work (with possible continuation) in UMass-style sentence parsing and fact extraction. ProKappa, some C. US citizenship probably required. [Dennis J. Murphy (email@example.com), m.j.o, 5/20/93.]
A nationwide consulting company needs people with advanced CS/AI degrees, Unix/C/GUI and KBS experience, and perhaps CBR. Dalia Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org). [email@example.com, m.j.o, 5/20/93.] (My guess is that Rod Asher & Associates want to sell your bod to Intellicorp. They've run related ads every week.)
UBuckingham (UK) has a 2-year RA in parallel genetic algorithms for artificial neural-network synthesis, starting 7/1. PhD preferable; programming in Occam. A 3-year research studentship in parallel programming of transputers is also available, with applications in AI, NN, and complex dynamic systems. Dr. Ian East (firstname.lastname@example.org). [comp.ai.neural-nets, 5/20/93.]
A Dallas manufacturing-automation company needs experienced BS C/C++/Smalltalk software engineers for intelligent scheduling, manufacturing execution systems, shop-floor controls, bills of materials, manufacturing scheduling, or process controls. $40K-$60K plus stock. Sally King, King ComputerSearch (post @kingexec.com), (214) 238-1021, (214) 238-1021 Fax. [m.j.o, 5/20/93.]
Civilized Software, Inc. (Bethesda, MD) needs a PhD computational biostatistician to add functions to their software packages. SBIR proposal writing also required. $40K. Zhiping You (email@example.com), (301) 652-4714, (301)656-1069 Fax. [m.j.o, 5/21/93.]
EP-List is a new email digest for evolutionary programming and optimization, including artificial life and genetic algorithms. Send a "subscribe ep-list" message to ep-list-request @magenta.me.fau.edu. N. Saravanan (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the moderator. [David Fogel (email@example.com), connectionists, 5/11/93.]
New Usenet newsgroups -- on my system, at least -- include comp.infosystems.www (Wide-World Web), comp.object.logic, alt.internet.talk-radio, soc.college.teaching-asst, and alt.cyberpunk. [5/15/93.]
alt.computer.consultants is another new newsgroup. George W. Forest (firstname.lastname@example.org) is compiling a FAQ. Computer consultants deal in solution design, hardware and software recommendation, system installation, programming and customization, user training, and after-sale support. Many are value-added resellers (VARs) who sell systems to specific industries. Others are value-added dealers (VADs) who sell Unix systems, accounting packages, or other "horizontal" applications. VARs and VADs often get their start as ordinary computer dealers who specialize to meet the needs of their best customers. [Bill Park, 5/21/93.] (End users are encouraged to ask the consultants for help.)
I'm told there is a Chaos Network which relates to business issues and large organizations. It's run by Mark Michaels (email@example.com), (217) 328-0032. [Ernest Lowe (firstname.lastname@example.org), CYBSYS-L, 5/23/93.]
Bob McKay is proposing a new NetNews discussion list combining geographic information systems (GIS) and AI, including theories of geospatial representation in the natural world. He suggests the name comp.infosystems.gis.ai, sprouting off the comp.infosystems.gis newsgroup. Comments should be posted to news.groups or to Bob (email@example.com). [comp.ai, 5/10/93.]
Information Harvesting is a $50K data mining product from Ryan Corp. (Hartford, CN). Components include associative rule induction, genetic tuning, a visual analysis and display of rule performance. and an embedable C inference engine. Rule induction can take hours, but rule execution exceeds 2K firings per second. DOS, Windows, or OS/2. Ryan Corp. was founded by Dr. Ralph Wiggins, former director of a Schlumberger AI research department. He's sold six copies so far, three of them to financial analysts who had tried other neural techniques. [Jennifer Jacobs of Software Design Technologies (Mill Valley, CA) and Jennifer Hynes of Intelligent Software (Sausalito, CA), SEF Intelligent Systems SIG. Bill Park (firstname.lastname@example.org), 5/10/93.]
The Scheme->C compiler HOBBIT (for use with SCM) is available in release 2.0. Generated C code retains most of its original Scheme structure. Continuations are still not supported. FTP hobbit2.tar.z from archive/scm on altdorf.ai.mit.edu or from pub/scheme/new on nexus.yorku.ca. [Tanel Tammet (tammet @cs.chalmers.se), comp.lang.scheme, 5/25/93.]
Adaptive Simulated Annealing (ASA) version 1.2 is available free from ftp.caltech.edu. FTP file asa-1.2.Z from pub/ingber. Contact Lester Ingber (email@example.com) to join the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list. [anneal, 5/5/93. Bill Park.]
DTP is a theorem prover for exploring domain-independent search control of inference. In Common Lisp (actually CLtL2) for Franz Allegro and Lucid. FTP from /pub/dtp on meta.stanford.edu. [Don Geddis (email@example.com), comp.ai, 4/25/93.]
The Common Lisp Interface Manager (CLIM) is a standard supported by Symbolics, Lucid, Franz, Harlequin, Apple, and most other Lisp providers. You can FTP code modules from pub/clim on cambridge.apple.com. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the CLIM discussion list. [Vincent Keunen (email@example.com), comp.ai, 5/17/93.]
Don't forget to sign up for the research software announcements list. (The postings are unedited and usually quite lengthy.) Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick Lawrence would like me to clarify a couple of points about SBIR grants, mentioned last week. First, any checkbox information on gender or race is supposedly for statistical purposes only. (It doesn't hurt to make the point in your proposal, though -- division directors do try to keep their statistics up.) Second, grants require a certification that "No person or agency has been employed to solicit or secure the contract upon an understanding for compensation except bona fide employees or commercial agencies maintained by the contractor for the purpose of securing business." In other words, you can't pay someone grant funds to help you get the grant. You can, however, budget work to be performed only if you get the grant. Nick sometimes works as a subcontractor and sometimes as the PI on a project that will spin out under other management. He wants to build a synthetic intelligence, and is writing a "Correlithms" book on how to do it via transformational mathematics and "dataware engineering." (Ask for preliminary material and software if you're interested.) Nick's training includes CS, control theory, signal processing, neurophysiology, and linguistics, and he patented his dissertation work on array-processor intercommunication. He's hoping to organize an international GNU-type organization over the net for research projects to spin out as companies, with profits helping to develop a synthetic intelligence. He owns Lawrence Technologies (San Antonio), and has been chief scientist on more than a dozen correlithm-based government R&D contracts in text, signal, and image processing. He's also a private pilot, radio amateur, musician, and electronic composer. [email@example.com, (210) 349-5666, 5/19/93.]
Curt Jorenby (firstname.lastname@example.org) is doing AI research -- knowledge engineering, Scheme programming, machine learning, and networking for medical informatics -- for Secom Intelligent Systems Laboratory in Tokyo. He found the job over the Internet, after studying Philosophy, CS, and Asian Studies at St. Olaf College. Curt's wife went to Carleton, and is getting her first book published. Curt enjoys reading philosophy and science fiction, and is into biking, woodworking, and electronics.
Chilukuri K. Mohan (email@example.com), or "Mo," teaches Computer and Information Science at Syracuse University in New York -- particularly neural networks and genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic, pattern recognition and image processing, forecasting, automated reasoning, term rewriting, functional programming, and distributed computing. Mo is also a member of the Computational Science and Computational Neuroscience faculties. His wife, Sudha Kailer, has an MS in AI plus an MBA and marketing experience, and together they are interested in industrial R&D applications. Mo's hobbies include table tennis, badminton, bridge, chess, and other games and puzzles.
Kim Tracy is arranging a Computists' breakfast in DC on 7/13, probably at the elite Hay-Adams Hotel across Lafayette park from the White House. (It's about a 10 minute walk from AAAI at the Convention Center.) Several Computists have expressed interest. AAAI attendees or DC-area Computists (with their spouses) can contact Kim as firstname.lastname@example.org, (708) 979-4164.