Saturday, June 29, 2013

My visit to Israel

I am happy to get safely back from my Vacation trip to Israel. The trip was incredible. We drove from Egyptian and Jordan borders (observing also Saudi Arabia shore) up to Lebanon border. (skipped checking Syria border this time – not really safe there - but did that in my previous trip…). We visited also the border of Gaza Strip  (Sderot ), crossed a couple other Palestinian territories, bicycling and touring in Jerusalem (met Bill Clinton there!), staying in Tel Aviv , visited also Haifa. We swam in three seas – Dead , Red and Mediterranean and crossed two deserts - Negev and Judaean  visited  King Solomon's Copper Mines  and  Masada Desert Fortress . Plus other activities…

We captured a lot of pictures and videos and I have started published them in my blog. You may want to check 1st two postings here:

-      Praying together with Bill Clinton at the wailing wall in Jerusalem

-          Red Sea Underwater Filming.

Later I plan to put more vids from the trip on my YouTube Chanel -  - subscribe!

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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 ( board of directors,

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