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V.D. Veksler
Attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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I am a scientist doing research on Computational Cognitive Modeling. My work falls under Artificial Intelligence and Psychology domains. I study human/animal learning and decision mechanisms, and develop computational agents based on these mechanisms (links: 1 2 3). 

I also spend a good deal of time on cognitive robotics (interfacing robots with cognitive systems link), on virtual world simulations (interfacing Second Life with cognitive systems link), on semantic models (getting computers to learn word meaning by reading link), and cognitive engineering (a sub-field of human-computer interaction), and I have taught courses on all of these topics at Rensselaer (i♥rpi).

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  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Cognitive Science, 2009
  • Rutgers University
    Computer Science; Psychology, 1999

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Robot chefs!
 
Robot chef able to cook thousands of meals, because trained chefs walked it through the moves. projected to be on sale in 2017.  

Futures coming. Faster than you think.
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The electric bus manufacturer Proterra is set to blow up the public transit bus market with its new diesel-killing extended range Catalyst model.
When it comes to electric vehicle sexytimes, naturally, thoughts turn to the Tesla Model S, but over here at CleanTechnica, we do try to keep things clean, so we'll focus on Proterra, the electric bus company that is dead set on killing off diesel buses, one transit agency at a time. After selling 100 electric
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It's National Robotics Week! Check out these 10 Best #Robot Videos http://ubm.io/1aBQLjE #nationalrobotics
We're celebrating National Robotics week, April 4-12, with videos of some of the greatest robots ever made.
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fun HOA re Developmental Robotics with +Matthew Schlesinger. definitely worth watching (tip: you can consume content much faster if you play youtube videos at 2x the speed).
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Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it!  Not sure I want to hear the "chipmunk" version of me though.  ;)
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This passive mechanical exoskeleton makes walking more efficient

For the first time, researchers can improve the way humans walk without using an external power source, according to a study published in Nature today. A boot-like exoskeleton that fits into a regular running shoe reduces the energetic costs of walking by about 7 percent. In short, it makes walking less tiring without resorting to a battery pack or a motor  — something that could really come in handy for people who have trouble walking, or military personnel in remote areas.
For the first time, researchers can improve the way humans walk without using an external power source, according to a study published in Nature today. A boot-like exoskeleton that fits into a...
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Australian scientists from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), have created a line of insulin-producing cells that could eliminate the need for Type 1 diabetics to inject themselves with insulin. 

The development on its own is pretty impressive, but the cells, which are derived from liver cells, are now on their way to being incorporated to a world-first bio-artificial pancreas after being licensed by US biotechnology company PharmaCyte Biotech last October.
Australian scientists from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) , have created a line of insulin-producing cells that could eliminate the need for Type 1 diabetics to inject themselves with insulin. The development on its own is pretty...
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EV Battery Costs Already Cheaper Than 2020 Projections

" In 2013 the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated cost-parity could be reached in 2020, with battery costs reaching $300 per kilowatt hour of capacity.

But market-leading firms were probably already producing cheaper batteries last year, says today’s new research. It says its figures are “two to four times lower than many recent peer-reviewed papers have suggested”.
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/03/26/ev-battery-costs-already-probably-cheaper-than-2020-projections/
Originally published on The Carbon Brief. By Simon Evans The cost of electric vehicle battery packs is falling so rapidly they are probably already cheaper than expected for 2020, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change. Electric vehicles remain more expensive than combustion-engine equivalents, largely because of battery costs. In 2013 the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated cost-parity
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got to chat with +Jeff Krichmar today for a bit about Android-based robotics. this seems to be a great solution for sub-$200 robots, since android devices can be bought on ebay at this point for about $50, and come w/ lots of sensors, connectivity, plenty of computing power, extensive api's, and rechargeable batteries.
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Dr. Theodore (Ted) P. Pavlic, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at +Arizona State University. +Ted Pavlic received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010 from The Ohio State University where he learned to combine behavioral ecology and control theory to build algorithms that allow automation to make flexible decisions that are rational with respect to the current environment. Inspiration came from optimal foraging theory and cooperative breeding, and target applications ranged from military to the sustainable built environment. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science and Engineering studying cyber-physical systems of the future composed of fully autonomous and human driven cars operating in parallel in the cities of the near future. Since 2012, he has worked as a research scientist at Arizona State University in the social-insect laboratory of Stephen Pratt studying the collective decision-making processes of ants and honeybees. Not only have these studies inspired novel stochastic programming techniques for swarm robotics, but these animal models are also providing insights into the information structures that emerged at the origins of life. In August of 2015, he will join the engineering faculty of Arizona State University where he will use a variety of theoretical, computational, and empirical methods to study decision-making and organization across a wide range of artificial and natural systems. Potential graduate students interested in trans-disciplinary explorations of decision making are welcome to contact him to discuss opportunities.

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Personal website in desperate need of updating:
http://www.tedpavlic.com/

Current host (Stephen Pratt) laboratory for ant work: 
http://pratt.lab.asu.edu/

Collaborator (Sara Imari Walker) laboratory for info. theory work:
http://emergence.asu.edu/

Recommended Readings
Sean Wilson, Theodore P. Pavlic, Ganesh P. Kumar, Aurélie Buffin, Stephen C. Pratt, and Spring Berman. Design of ant-inspired stochastic control policies for collective transport by robotic swarms. Swarm Intelligence, 8(4):303–327, December 2014.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11721-014-0100-8

Theodore P. Pavlic, Alyssa M. Adams, Paul C. W. Davies, and Sara Imari Walker. Self-referencing cellular automata: A model of the evolution of information control in biological systems. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE 14), pages 522–529, July 31 – August 2, 2014.
http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-32621-6-ch083

Theodore P. Pavlic and Stephen C. Pratt. Superorganismic behavior via human computation. In: Pietro Michelucci, editor, Handbook of Human Computation, pages 911–960. Springer, 2013.
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Brilliant remarks by +Mikey D about what he learned from the healthcare.gov rescue and why he left Google for the White House. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our country.
Leader of U.S. Digital Service tells SXSW how he got roped into driving a new movement of technology in government…and h…
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The more realistic view on the dangers of AI
 
Unintelligent A.I. - A great read... check it out! Not much I can say as it speaks for itself. Arr Arr... excuse the Crappie pic... Arr Arr....  is this microphone on?
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A lot of people still don't know what exactly nuclear energy is. This video can be a starting point.
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