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Current research interests:

  • Foundations of Geometry. (Euclid Book I via algebra instead of logic, cf. Pasch-Hilbert-Tarski-Birkhoff.)
  • Global warming. (Unique analysis of modern climate change.)
  • Autonomous Vehicles. (Harmonic Predictive Control as a drop-in replacement for PID control.)
  • Speech Recognition. (The Speech Manifold as a geometric object.)
  • Foundations of Concurrency. (Chu Spaces over 4.)
  • Recent presentations:

    A homogeneous algebraic definition of Euclidean space
    Aug. 5, 2013, BLAST 2013, Orange, CA

    Multidecadal climate to within a millikelvin
    Dec. 4, 2012, Global Environmental Change poster session, American Geophysical Union Fall meeting 2012, San Francisco.

    A three-component analytic model of long-term climate change
    Dec. 8, 2011, Global Environmental Change poster session, American Geophysical Union Fall meeting 2011, San Francisco.

    Structure from sorts, properties, and composition: A minimalist approach to topoalgebraic structure
    July 23, 2011, International Conference on Category Theory, Vancouver.

    The Logic of Global Warming
    Feb. 15, 2011, TATA IFR, Mumbai, IN
    June 23, 2011, Australian National University, Canberra, AU.

    Euclidean and non-Euclidean algebra
    Feb. 15, 2011, TATA IFR, Mumbai, IN
    Jun. 14, 2011, Maths Colloquium, Macquarie University, Sydney AU

    Linear Process Algebra
    Feb. 12, 2011, Invited talk, International Conference on Distributed Computing and Internet Technology, Bhubaneswar, India.
    Jun. 16, 2011, Colloquium, NICTA, Sydney AU
    Jun. 17, 2011, Seminar, School of Info. Tech., U. of Sydney, AU
    Oct. 11, 2011, Math & CS Colloquium, Santa Clara University, CA.

    geodesic spaces : momentum  ::  groups : symmetry
    June 6, 2010, BLAST 2010, Boulder CO.

    Categories, sorts, and properties as a basis for topological algebra and coalgebra
    June 2, 2010, BLAST 2010, Boulder CO.


    Email:

    Mailing Address:
    2215 Old Page Mill Rd
    Palo Alto, CA 94304

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    650-494-2590
    CURRICULUM VITAE

    Publications: (complete list in vita)

  • HTML,
  • Abstracts of Concurrency group publications (HTML)
  • Chu Space Web Site (HTML)

  • Stanford Affiliations

  • CSD: Computer Science Department
  • EE: Department of Electrical Engineering (By courtesy)
  • AI Lab
  • Theory group
  • CSLI: Center for Studies in Language and Information

  • Other Affiliations

  • ACM: Association for Computing Machinery (Fellow)
  • IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Senior Member)
  • AGU: American Geophysical Union (Life Member)
  • ACS: Applied Categorical Structures (Editorial Board)
  • IGPL: Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (Editorial Board)
  • ASL Association for Symbolic Logic (Member)
  • AMS American Mathematical Society (Member)
  • MAA Mathematical Association of America (Member)
  • AMS American Meteorological Society (Member)
  • SID Society for Information Display (Member)
  • Erdos Number: 2
  • Linux Counter Project Number: 119
  • Unix User ID: 11 (at Stanford CSD (1983-present), Sun Microsystems 1982-87, Tiqit Computers, and home)


  • M.Sc. Thesis: Translation of English into Logical Expressions, Sydney University, May 1970. Advisor: Jan B. Hext
    Ph.D. Thesis: Shellsort and Sorting Networks, Stanford University, January 1972. Advisor: Donald E. Knuth
    Former Ph.D. Students:
  • David Harel, MIT, 1978
  • Bob Streett, MIT, 1981 (coadvisor: Albert Meyer)
  • Jay Gischer, Stanford, 1984
  • Ross Casley, Stanford, 1991
  • Roger Crew, Stanford, 1991
  • Orli Waarts, Stanford, 1992
  • Gideon Avrahami, Stanford, 1994
  • David Magerman, Stanford, 1994 (coadvisor: Fred Jelinek)
  • Vineet Gupta, Stanford, 1994
  • Anna Patterson, U. Illinois, 1997 (coadvisor: Gul Aga)
  • Paul Fahn, Stanford, 1999 (coadvisor: Tom Cover)
  • Parham Aarabi, Stanford, 2001
  • Ramon Prieto, Stanford, 2003
  • Keyvan Mohajer, Stanford, 2006

  • Miscellaneous Thoughts