Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Constraint and Restoring Force memo

I've posted a memo on Constraint and Restoring Force, a framework for self-healing systems that we're using in amorphous computing. Primarily developed for calculating gradients (a gradient in this sense is a field of distance estimates to a source region) this technique can also be used for other calculations like cumulative probability fields.

I've also updated my CV for the first time in two years and fixed a lot of little bugs and stale bits on the page.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


My thesis is complete, turned in, receipt obtained, and now it's up on my web page as well. Weighing in at a slim 218 pages (144 when front matter and appendices are excluded), this document officially concludes my passage through graduate school.

Now, on to post-doc and beyond!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Successful Defense

My defense went well yesterday. There were a *lot* of people there---significantly more than the room could hold, including 11 professors besides my committee. The talk was good, and held the attention of the audience, though there is definitely more polishing to be done: I don't yet have enough exposition of the meaty technical core of the work. Still, that is about looking forward to job talks.

The slides are up on my web page.