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Ted Pavlic
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Am I wrong that the phrase, "optimize rather than maximize," is total meaningless marketing speak that shows no awareness of semantics?
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Corporate marketing speak leeches it's way into all kinds of professions it seems.
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This is very apparent in monsoon season in the flat, ‪#‎Phoenix‬ valley. If there is a 20% chance of rain and you look around, you will see a tight column of rain covering about 20% of the circle you can see (i.e., about 72 degrees of the 360 degrees around your head). That is, the forecaster was 100% certain that it would rain over 20% of the area, and that's exactly what happens.
As a student and observer of meteorology, it constantly bums me out that people do not understand what it means when someone says there’s an “X% chance of rain” tomorrow. A 50 percent chance of rain does not mean there’s a 1-in-2 chance that you’re going to get wet.
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I just watch the radar feeds myself... Meteorologist interpretation often proves to be wrong for me, since I'm only interested in a localized zone.
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Just your average summer evening out in #Phoenix. #haboob
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It's funny to hear someone describe a jumping spider as being "like Spider-Man", as if the comic book character was created de novo and independent of the spider that almost certainly was its inspiration.
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Cool, but will this extra complexity be just one more thing to have to worry about servicing?

"Nissan's engine uses an actuator that pushes a control arm, changing the angle at which the piston’s connecting rod meets the crankshaft. It’s a complex system that changes the stroke the piston reaches within the cylinder. And it will let the engine operate at compression ratios anywhere from 8:1 to 14:1. The company’s says 'sophisticated engine control logic' (you know, a computer) adjusts everything on the fly to suit the task at hand. No more compromise."

[ #Nissan #cars #tech #technews #efficiency ]
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You're aware Nissan's 3.7L V6 has valve control from 0° to fully open for each cycle, right? It completely obviates the need for a throttle body. Everyone said that would be too complicated long run. Nissan knows exactly what they're doing.
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Received e-mail from +Uber with subject "50% off unlimited rides". Inside the e-mail, the promotion has a maximum $10 discount on the next 5 rides. #Uber has a funny definition of "unlimited."
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Uber ads brought to you by mobile phone companies small print. LOL
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Deadline for "Dance Your PhD" submissions is September 30, 2016!
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On Tuesday, I'll be speaking with the Arizona Chapter of the World Future Society about #Biomimicry at +Arizona State University, Tempe Campus and my own research. I hope to also introduce them to other ways that #ASU is thinking about the future, as in the new ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society[^1] and even the Human Dimensions faculty group in the +Arizona State University School of Life Sciences.

[^1]: https://sfis.asu.edu/


Presenter: Dr. Theodore (Ted) P. Pavlic, Associate Director of Research, ASU Biomimicry Center Join us as Dr. Ted Pavlic speaks about Biomimicry, about the ASU Biomimicry center and his own research. About his research: Dr. Pavlic’s research focuses on understanding adaptive decision-making strategies in autonomous systems. To this end, his laboratory does empirical work with natural systems, such as social-insect colonies, and does engineer...
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"Yes, even scientists who have textbook processes named after them have faced rejection. There wasn't anything wrong with Krebs' paper, but Nature had such a backlog of submissions at the time that they simply couldn't look at it."

A lot of great quotes from bitter Nobel laureates in there too. The author of the article says, "Take that, reviewer number 2." Of course, she means reviewer number 3: https://youtu.be/-VRBWLpYCPY
As a scientist, there are few things more soul-crushing than spending months or years working on a paper, only to have it rejected by your journal of choice - especially when you really feel like you're onto something important.
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Hm. It seems like one of these things is not the others... #myNutritionalNeedsAreNotSophisticatedEnough
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FYI, I saw these three marks on the back of a supplement in a pharmacy. The supplement was for joint health (Hyaluronic Acid). When I googled about high molecular weight applied to such things, I saw a few links on body builder pages about different kinds of protein and using molecular weight to differentiate between certain types of carbohydrates. Apparently "high molecular weight" was a good feature for carbohydrates as it reflected a reduced glycemic load or something like that. There weren't a lot of references, and I didn't do a lot of research... but apparently this is something that some people look for.
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Hm. These two instructions seem to contradict each other...

...and somehow I doubt that the second question shown here is actually asked "frequently" for this $17 atomic analog wall clock.
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+Andrew Robertson -- Yes, an accurate analysis, I'm sure. But given that the FAQ is in a manual that is hidden within the packaging, it seems sufficient just to defer to the 9 month and recognize that customers will probably realize that their mileage may vary (with respect to how long the clock functions on one battery). And what's up with that second question in the FAQ?
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Whoa. Business-class suites (with doors!) on #Delta airlines.
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Education
  • Ohio State University
    Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2007 - 2010
  • Ohio State University
    M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2004 - 2007
  • Ohio State University
    Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1999 - 2004
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Autonomy science and engineering researcher, husband, Android enthusiast, and bringer of the science.
Introduction
Researcher (ECE/CSE/social-insect, CyberPhysical Systems, Freak-ology), husband, Android enthusiast, and bringer of the science.

See http://www.tedpavlic.com/facjobsearch/ for more information about my faculty/postdoc job search (CV, research statement, publications, etc.).

Research interests ("freak-ology"):
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Hybrid-state and hybrid-time systems
  • Complex systems
  • CyberPhysical Systems
  • Distributed algorithms
  • Amorphous computing
  • Autonomous systems and vehicles
  • Control and communications theory
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Cooperation
  • Optimization
  • Game theory
  • Parallel computation
  • Robotics
  • Informational architectures of emergence (of life, cancer, multicellularity, eusociality)
  • Bio-mimicry and bio-inspiration
  • Engineering education
You could group a lot of that into the broad area of intelligent control. However, I've tried to combine science and engineering and contribute to both.
Bragging rights
abs( log( batting average ) ) = very high
Work
Occupation
Assistant Professor (Operations Research, Bio-inspired Engineering, Bio-mimicry, Social Insects, Complex Adaptive Systems)
Skills
analytical and computational modelling, complex adaptive systems (CAS), mathematical modelling for theoretical biology (optimal and nutrient-constrained foraging, distributed decision making, cognitive psychology), autonomous multi-agent systems with myriad applications (robotics, distributed power generation, sustainable resource allocation for the built environment), software engineering, software verification and validation, analog electronics and micro-electronics, intelligent control systems
Employment
  • Arizona State University
    Assistant Professor, 2015 - present
    Jointly appointed in: School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering School of Sustainability Graduate faculty in: Industrial Engineering/Operations Research Complex Adaptive Systems Science Animal Behavior Biology Computer Engineering Applied Mathematics Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
  • Human Computation Institute
    External Faculty, 2014 - present
  • Arizona State University
    Associate Research Scientist, School of Life Sciences, 2014 - 2015
    Bio-inspired Engineering, Bio-mimicry, Social Insects, Complex Adaptive Systems, Origins of Life
  • Arizona State University
    Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Life Sciences, 2012 - 2014
    Bio-inspired Engineering, Bio-mimicry, Social Insects, Complex Adaptive Systems, Origins of Life
  • Ohio State University
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Computer Science and Engineering, 2010 - 2012
    Cyber-Physical Systems research related to autonomous urban vehicles in mixed-autonomy environments.
  • Ohio State University
    Graduate Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2004 - 2010
  • National Instruments
    Hardware R&D Intern for Multifunction DAQ, 2003 - 2003
  • National Instruments
    Hardware R&D Intern for Multifunction DAQ, 2002 - 2002
  • IBM
    Core Systems Software Developer for FlexNAS, 2001 - 2001
  • CallTech Communications
    Information Technology Systems Engineer, 1997 - 2001
  • MegaLinx Communications
    Web Developer and Support Representative, 1995 - 1997
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Tempe, AZ
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Dublin, OH - Columbus, OH - Research Triangle Park, NC - Austin, TX - Westerville, OH - Cincinnati, OH - Tempe, AZ
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Arizona State University, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering / PO Box 878809, Room 553 / Tempe, AZ 85287-8809 / United States of America
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🏆 #9 on Android Police's Picks For The 20 Best Android Apps Of 2015 🏆 #7 on PhoneArena's Best Android Apps Of 2015"The double-tap action i

Clipboard Actions - Android Apps on Google Play
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Clipboard Actions creates actions based on your copied text shows them in the status bar as notification or in a nice list in the App. 🌟 No

Poema - Music on Google Play
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Poema is an American acoustic singer-songwriter duo from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The group, was formerly signed with Tooth & Nail Records a

Watch Faces for Android Wear - Android Apps on Google Play
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With "Watch Faces for Android Wear" by Intellicom you can choose your next watch face from a huge gallery containing thousands of cool watch

Back from the Moon, Apollo Astronauts Had to Go Through Customs
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Apparently moon visitors are subject to the same procedures as others who leave the country.

Researchers demonstrate the world's first white lasers
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More luminous and energy efficient than LEDs, white lasers look to be the future in lighting and light-based wireless communication.

New method of quantum entanglement vastly increases how much information...
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A team of researchers led by UCLA electrical engineers has demonstrated a new way to harness light particles, or photons, that are connected

Images in the air: Researchers turn to femtosecond lasers
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Say the word 'display' and one easily anticipates an image on a screen or on a table surface or within a next-gen box enclosure. Last year,

New nanogenerator harvests power from rolling tires
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A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from

Injectable electronics holds promise for basic neuroscience, treatment o...
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It's a notion that might be pulled from the pages of science-fiction novel - electronic devices that can be injected directly into the brain

Team develops camera that uses sensors with just 1,000 pixels
phys.org

Thanks to the `megapixel wars', we are used to cameras with 10s of megapixels. Sensors in our cell phone and SLRs are made of Silicon (Si),

Physicists make first observation of the pushing pressure of light
phys.org

(Phys.org)—For more than 100 years, scientists have debated the question: when light travels through a medium such as oil or water, does it

Droid Life
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No one does Android news like we do, especially when it involves pink.

Self-folding robot walks, swims, climbs, dissolves
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A demo sparking interest at the ICRA 2015 conference in Seattle was all about an origami robot that was worked on by researchers. More speci

Incentivizing Quality and Impact in Computing Research | May 2015 | Comm...
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Developing consensus on how the computing-research publication culture should be changed has proven to be exceedingly hard. The Computing Re

Pompeya - Music on Google Play
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Pompeya is a four piece indie pop and rock band based in Moscow, Russia. Their music is often described as bright and breezy, a mix of 70s D

Giant Whales Have Super-Stretchy Nerves
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com

“Hey, look at this,” said Bob Shadwick. He and his team were working on the dissected remains of a fin whale, the second largest animal on t

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24/7 means pick up and drop off are super convenient. Daily video clips confirm dog is having a good time. Bulk deals are very cost effective if you take your dog to day camp or boarding often.
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Food here is OK, and there is usually a long wait. Their speciality is supposed to be their Crepes, but they don't have the large Crepe selection of other Tempe Crepe joints. Plus, their Crepes aren't fantastic. I come here frequently to get coffee as it is closer to my office than other places.
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The room was priced well below others in the area, but there were also fewer free amenities (e.g., no free breakfast). The room was clean and comfortable, and the hotel is in walking distance to Old Town. The entrance is a little awkward, and so your Uber driver may have a hard time locating it properly with GPS (this happened to us twice on just the first day of our stay), and so anticipate that and be ready to help. They do have a free airport shuttle, but it does not run between noon and 3pm. The hotel's restaurant has OK food, but the serving staff may ignore you or be short with you. The food is also a little pricey (and there are few vegetarian options), but the prices are still better than breakfast in nearby Old Town, and so the reduced room price relative to other nearby hotels still makes this location a good value. Internet is free in rooms, and it's fast enough for most things, but there is a paid internet option if you need something faster or more reliable. The hotel is next to a highway, and so there is some traffic noise in the rooms, but it's not that bad (much better than a motel, for example). Overall, we were pleased with our first night's stay and would probably consider coming back to this location.
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Which Wich has a large selection of sandwiches with a unique method of ordering. Vegetarians will be happy that there are five vegetarian sandwich options that each can be customized. The line moves quickly, and the food is pretty good.
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Large Target in convenient location with usually good inventory. Overall, Target stores are fairly standardized. So if you see one, you've seen them all. I have no major complaints about this Target.
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