Fun Things, Home Page, and Site Map
There are a variety of projects, mostly for fun, which I have
on-line. The three most significant are these:
My retirement / financial planning program, extremely flexible,
can now handle ANY set of conditions. Give it a spin! Entirely web-based; no
compilation (or computer skills) neccesary.
Download your own paper sundial, plus other plots! You can custom-design
plots for various uses, and set orbital parameters for other planets
etc. No astronomy or math skills needed.
A huge project, entering a database of some 500+ wildflowers,
plus highly flexible search criteria. Still under development,
but people are welcome to test it.
Here follows some general information:
I have two main entry points into my pages on the web that you may wish to look at:
What computer are you connected to?
As you're reading this page, your computer has connected to my
workstation server, which serves my web pages
and also those of some of my students; it gets about
1000 hits per day (see here
for server access statistics).
The machine is a Dual-Head SPARC Ultra-10 running Unix. A wonderful
machine for research, but not very practical at home ...
The machine in my office is a triple-head Intel-Linux box.
Microsoft is not particularly
welcome in my office. For that matter, neither is
What do I Teach?
teaching home page contains syllabi and some course materials
for the courses which I teach. I teach four courses per year - two
in the winter and two in the summer. The fall is a research term.
For the past few years I have been teaching the following courses:
- SD192 - A first year course in digital computer circuits
- SD372 - A third / fourth year elective class in statistics and
- SD675 - A graduate level course in pattern recognition, statistics,
- SD774 - An advanced class in topics related to my research, involving
the background theory and practical algorithms related to the
statistical processing of large data sets.
Who are my Graduate Students?
I have a list of my
current and former graduate students. If you are a prospective
grad student in Systems Design, you should feel free to email one or
more of them.
What do my Graduate Students do?
Being a graduate student is a lot different than the image portrayed
by Hollywood -- that of a slave for a demanding supervisor. Graduate
student life involves
- Taking more advanced courses.
- Having the chance (i.e., time) to study a problem in considerable
- Having the time to read a lot of other people's work.
- Being in a strimulating environment with other students and
professors, taking the opportunity to engage others in
technical discussions and collaborations.
- Having the freedom to pretty much learn whatever you feel like
- And, yes, of course, meeting with me, their supervisor, once a week,
and them trying to remember what I had asked them to do ... :)
What do I do for research?
I have a
research overview available on line.
Basically I'm interested in solving large statistical problems. In other
words, making sense of large masses of data. The most common problems
of this type are in remote sensing - satellite measurements over
enormous areas of land. For this reason I have done much of my
research in collaboration with other scientists who are trying to
process these data sets for various scientific objectives.
Do I have any neat bookmarks?
My bookmark list is here, although outdated. These bookmarks
vary pretty frequently, and not all are useful. The list is rather
long -- the most useful, general purpose, links are in the "Fun / Misc"
category towards the bottom of the page.
What do I like to do?
Well, the following list isn't really very complete. Perusing through
my bookmarks (see above) will probably give you a better idea.
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