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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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Collaborator (Sara Imari Walker) laboratory for info. theory work:

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.

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.

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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Scientists have reversed paralysis in dogs after injecting them with cells grown from the lining of their nose. Watch Jasper the dachshund as he walks again.

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                                        World's Fastest Boat
Earthrace is a 78 foot alternative fuel powered wave-piercing trimaran; part of a project to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat and to do so using only renewable fuels.The boat's engines are powered completely by a biodiesel fuel source. This fuel is derived mainly from animal fat, soybeans, or other forms of biodiesel fuel.

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               World's first underwater Museum

Deep beneath the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt's ancient capital Alexandria lies a wealth of archaeological artifacts. It's a treasure trove of 20,000 objects and counting, thousands of years old providing archaeologists the key to unlocking the mystery of ancient Egypt and its rulers.
YouTube : Underwater Cleopatra's Palace

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HAPPY DIWALI friends ...... 
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A Robot To Explorer Europa All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landing there. Use them together. Use them in peace.
~ 2010: The Year We Make Contact

What would we need to explore an ocean on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons? It's hundreds of millions of miles away, and the ocean lies under a sheet of ice at least 10 kilometers (6 miles) thick. We would probably need a spacecraft to land on the ice, a way to drill through the ice, and a submersible vehicle to explore the ocean and relay data back to Earth. This submersible vehicle is a project occupying the efforts of Dr. Bill Stone, CEO of Stone Aerospace in Austin, Texas. Stone and his colleagues have developed a prototype autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) called Deep Phreatic Thermal Explorer (DEPTHX) for remote exploration and are currently testing it in a large underwater cave. 

The DEPTHX project is one of a series funded by NASA to develop robotic probes capable of exploring Europa. Stone Aerospace designed, built and operates DEPTHX in cooperation with its partners, Carnegie Mellon University's Field Robotics Center - develops and tests navigational software SwRI, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory - consult on the science payload with the goal of detecting microbial life, and University of Texas at Austin - provides logistical support during DEPTHX tests

video DEPTHX test: Sample Arm Test

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Beautiful forest photography by Diemen, Netherlands based photographer Lars van de Goor. Born in 1964, in a houseboat, next to a farm, located between lakes and meadows. Lars has passion in music, Landscape/Nature photography and editing. Lars is a finalist for the Hasselblad Masters Award 2012. source:
Forest Photography by Lars van de Goor (16 photos)
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