Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cardinal attacks its reflection in our window - typical Spring scene....

Every Spring we watch this. 1st we thought birds ask for food... No, now we know, it is just strange mating activities (protecting territory) . Then we have the nest just behind our window and we watch how Cardinal family rises kids...

You can read here some details:

Northern Cardinal

Sunday, February 26, 2012

iTrubin's Speech in the High School F.I.R.S.T. Robotic's Club: "My Life Description in 15 min.!"

 After graduating Math and Science program at some Leningrad (USSR) High school in 1973. I had applied only to one University: St. Petersburg State Technical University, St. Petersburg, Russia. But 1st I had idea to go to get engineering phisics major specifically in Biophysics/Bionics.

I visited a few test preparation sessions (like SAT subject tests) at that university and  I was disappointed of contingent/kids there  – they looked too nerdy for me as in spite my very high GPA I was more like punk :

So I changed my mind and applied to Mechanical Engineering School.

After one semester I have realized I was wrong and tried to transfer back… but because of some bureaucracy issues I almost was terminated.
So I stuck in the Mechanical engineering for the next 2.5 years and only when “Industrial Robotics” discipline was established in 1976 in the same faculty, then I was able to move there and finally I got my master degree in Robotics. 

<-That is me on some lecture having good time:

I realy enjoyed student livfe especially during summer semester. One of them I spent  in the south of Russia in some archaeological expedition: 


But most exciting findings was:
... and most important findings was...my future wife!

After graduation I worked in University Data Center as Mainframe System programmer with computers like below:
(I worked with Soviet clones of IBM/360 systems called EC)

Then I entered to Ph.D. program and got my PhD in Robotics in 1986 in the same university.. 

Here is the subject of my dissertation:  

I have published in my Russian blog  the abstract of my  PhD dissertations  (1986 )
Research of Industrial Robot Grasping Processes 

The main idea of that work was to find the way to calculate a some set of initial grasping (or assembling) object coordinates that would warrant successful grasping (or assembling) process (operation). I called that "Area of Normal Functioning - ANF" (Область Нормального Функционирования -ОНФ). If grasping or assembling process starts with parameters (or coordinates) that are not in that area, the process will be abnormal and failed. That area defined coordinates where the passive (natural) adaptation would work.
Here is couple pictures from my dissertation:
One of the object for  the research: 

 <-- Math. 6-D model

Differential geometry equations
<-- Vector equations...

One of the results (ANF) =>

Then I become a professor and taught  the following courses:

Me on the "Automate" faculty: 

I have also work for Brokerage Company trying (unsuccessfully ) to build some forecasting model about the new Russian stock market:
Here is citation from, my 2008 CMG paper about that:


In 1999 I moved  to USA and started from the scratch absolutely new career – IT Capacity Management. I have published more than 10 paper about that. 

I made a lot of presentation about my favorite topic, which is the statistical analysis of computer behavior. Below is one of the last presentation (workshop) I made:

And I even got the prestigious www.CMG.org best paper award in 2002:

By the way, rereading my old work (dissertation) I suddenly figured out that my resent idea of Exception Value (anomaly measure, which is area between statistical limits and just happened actual variables values) is very similar with what my very old idea of calculating limits for successful assembling or robot grasping processes!

Below is math. model of that EV which close to ANF model described in my designation:

I have worked for a few Banks IT departments  starting with Capital One and then was outsorced to IBM, where now working as Sr. IT Architect doing consulting work.

I had some business with Coca-cola Company and visited thiew museum in Atlata, where I sow robotic shop to produce bottles with Coca-Cola:


So I enjoyed visiting kids' robotic club:

and robotic's competitions:


Small Airplane to assemble or big Car to disassemble...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Nightlife in Wilmington, OH: Raccoon!

FiOS issue, hopefully it is the final update - FIXED!

Verizon finally scheduled another visit of more experienced specialist (T3 - 3rd level support?) to visit my house today. The person called and told me that there are two other similar tickets opened in my area (Maybe someone red my blog with FiOS issue updates!!!!) and he will check with other specialist working on that and call back.

In two hours he called me again telling that some piece of equipment in Verizon local office was replaced.
I ran my test and (УРА!!!!) upload works now! See the excellent upload trend below from (http://www.connectionanalyzer.com/home.php)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

FiOS issue update 4. Ironically Verizon.bmp 3 Mb file was attached without problem! Other files are failed...

Another technician came to my house (in an hour or so after 1st visit) with the box of screwdrivers and with his own laptop.

He asked me to recreated the error on his laptop. That was a slowest Vista box I have ever used... and I had to search for a large enough file to attach. Found some "Verizon.bmp" 3 Mb file. And (Oh MIRACLE!) I was able to attached that file to e-mail. During my test the technician was on a call with other Verizon women which told him - oh that is not a FiOS problem.... I repeated the test with lager file that I have zipped to be sure it is not compressible like bitmap files as network can compress that itself to make that file smaller , and that test as well as another one showed the problem clearly; and Visualware test showed the same bad pattern of uploading process with large random pauses. But the Verizon women has already dropped the call. (In Russian we call that bad luck situation as "Visit Effect"...)

Anyway, technician admitted that the problem is still there and promised me to escalate that to "Programmers" .

He has left me the  direct telephone of his manger so I do not have to go through the painful general customer support call again.

To be continued... Ironically

FiOS issue update 3

The Verizon  technician came, replaced outdoor box (modem?), reset everything including IP change of my router. Then we did my 2 mb e-mail attachment test together and THE PROBLEM IS STILL THERE! He admitted that and also made the speed test himself using :  http://www.connectionanalyzer.com/home.php - 
and here is what he have seen:
He left promising to escalate that issue to another Verizon office (some in NYC) and calling me back....

Friday, February 3, 2012

FiOS Issue Update 2

I got call from Verizon and after a few additional tests (e.g. attaching my laptop directly to outside FiOS box-modem  bypassing coax cable and router), finally they scheduled the visit of some technician to my house.

Meanwhile I had advise of my friend to test and graph the upload process using the following website:  http://www.connectionanalyzer.com/home.php - 

See result in my prof. blog: FiOS Upload Speed Measuring - Do not Trust Verizon Speed test!

I have the upload problem with Verizon FiOS. Cannot attach to e-mail even 2 Mb file!...

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I started my career in 1979 as an IBM/370 system engineer. In 1986 I got my PhD. in Robotics at St. Petersburg Technical University (Russia) and then worked as a professor teaching there CAD/CAM, Robotics and Computer Science for about 12 years. I published 30 papers and made several presentations for international conferences related to the Robotics, Artificial Intelligent and Computer fields. In 1999 I moved to the US and worked at Capital One bank in Richmond as a Capacity Planner. My first CMG paper was written and presented in 2001. The next one, "Global and Application Level Exception Detection System Based on MASF Technique," won a Best Paper award at CMG 2002 and was presented again at UKCMG 2003 in Oxford, England. My CMG 2004 paper about applying MASF technique to mainframe performance data was republished in the IBM z/Series Expo. I also presented my papers in Central Europe CMG conference and in numerous US regional meetings. I continue to enhance my exception detection methodologies. After working more than 2 years as the Capacity Management team lead for IBM, I had worked for SunTrust Bank for 3 years and then got back to IBM holding for 2+ years  Sr. IT Architect position. Currently I work for Capital One bank as IT Manager for IT Capacity Management group. In 2015 I have been elected to the CMG (http://www.cmg.org) board of directors,

The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.