Writing

Personal

While I tried my hand at writing fiction a few times, with titles like The Maharishi Effect and The Stranger, I didn’t complete any pieces as of yet. Non-fiction comes easier to me; here are my favorites.

Introspection Trilogy

These three essays — one of them forthcoming — inspired this website.

Part I: What am I, where am I, and how did I get here?
Explores humanity’s place in the infinite and eternal.

Part II: What is going on inside my head, anyway?
Explores the wonders of the human mind.

Part III: A mind exposed.
Explores my mind in particular.

Meditation

A stand-alone excerpt from Part II of the Inspection Trilogy that focuses on meditation.

Transformation

An account of the Vision Quest — a Native American transformative ritual — that I did in 1996. It exposes much of my mind as it was at the time.

Professional

I have always preferred writing company-internal technical reports over publishing conference or journal papers. The reason is that I like to provide as much detail as possible to colleagues using my results, including any aspects that may be confidential and hence cannot be published. I wrote over four dozen of such — peer reviewed — reports, which have an average length of about 50 pages, well beyond that of typical publications. Below are a few papers that I did publish.

Automated Video Chain Optimization

A 2001 ICCE paper that discusses optimizing a chain of video processing algorithms in terms of overall video quality by means of a genetic algorithm.

An Introduction To Machine Consciousness

A 2006 book chapter that explores the concept of machine consciousness and discusses an application to ambient intelligence.

On The Need For Robust Inference For Clinical Decision Support Systems Deploying A Bayesian Network

A 2008 JAMIA submission that makes the case for increased attention to robust inference when Bayesian Networks are used for clinical decision support. The paper was rejected, mostly on the grounds that the experimental results were deemed hard to reproduce. I intended to address the reviewer’s feedback in an update (I still have all experiments), but my work moved away from Bayesian Networks and I never found the time to follow up. I am sharing this intermediate version — which did go through internal peer review — because I consider the topic important.

Patents

As a principal scientist at an industrial research facility (cf. About me), my job is to come up with and test out new ideas. Some of these get turned into patents to protect the company’s intellectual property (IP). While I do not want to turn this website into a resume, I nevertheless decided to add the patents I published. The reason is that I am sharing creativity here, and that certainly includes inventions.

In case you are not familiar with how the patenting process works, here is a very brief summary. The inventor(s) – the person or people that come up with a specific idea – write their idea down in an invention disclosure (ID). This ID gets reviewed by various internal experts to see if it meets patentability criteria and matches the company’s desired IP portfolio. If it passes this review, the ID is assigned a priority that determines when it will be sent to a patent attorney who will turn it into a patent draft. That involves a complete re-write of the ID into precise language that broadens and specifies the exact claims. After review and approval by the inventor(s) — for whom it may be hard to recognize their original ID in the formalized text — the draft will eventually be filed with one or more national and/or international patent offices. A number of years may have passed by then, and it can still take several more years for the patent application to become an actual patent. Since this lengthy process costs money, an application may be abandoned along the way if the company’s priorities change, in which case the ID never becomes a patent. I will highlight just two of the stages that follow after filing: a year and a half later, the application gets published, upon which it can be found on-line by anyone; and eventually, often years after the ID was written, the application may be granted upon which it becomes an actual patent.

With this is mind, here is a list of the granted and published patent applications that I contributed to.