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Dr. Michael I. Ham
Los Alamos National Laboratory Nothing like working in a place where some of the greatest minds in physics have preceded you. I am currently working on a Petascale Synthetic Cognition project where we are combining psychophysics experiments with computer modeling to emulate the capabilities of the human visual system and run at biological time scales. Our goal is to create a system that can learn to recognize objects quickly and efficiently, just like the human visual system. Our models are designed to run on the Roadrunner supercomputer which operates at Petaflop speeds!
Center for Network Neuroscience mouse brains growing on microelectrode arrays.
Ion Beam Modification and Analysis Laboratory 1.5 MeV accelerators and up!
CoolN2Car A liquid nitrogen powered car powered by a 9hp air pump. A Volkswagen Beetle chassis was used as the base of the vehicle and the original transmission and steering components were used. An air pump replaced the original gasoline motor, and a 50L liquid nitrogen tank was added along with a steel roll cage. I currently hold the unofficial land speed record for a liquid nitrogen powered vehicle. 36 mph!
 In Progress
Ham M.I., Barr S.S., Kenyon G., Rinauldo C., Ginatutas V., George J., Bettencourt L.M..A. Not so fast: Exploration of masking in human psychophysics performance
Sanbonmatsu K., Ham M.I., Bennett R., Barr S., Gintautas V., Rinauldo C., Brumby S., George J., Kenyon G., Bettencourt L.M.A. Comparing speed-of-sight studies using three-dimensional rendering vs. natural images
Michael I. Ham and Marko A. Rodriguez A Boundary Approximation Algorithm for Distributed Sensor Networks. Accepted for publication by the International Journal of Sensor Networks. free Arxiv version
Michael I. Ham, Vadas Gintautas, Marko A. Rodriguez, Ryan A. Bennett, Cara L. Santa Maria, Luis M.A. Bettencourt Density-dependence of functional development in spiking cortical networks grown in vitro Biological Cybernetic 2009 Doi: 10.1007/s00422-009-0351-4. Free Arxiv version
Luis M.A. Bettencourt, Vadas Gintautas, Michael I. Ham Identification of functional information subgraphs in complex networks. Physical Review Letters, 100:238701, 2008 Free Arxiv version
Michael I. Ham, Luis M. A. Bettencourt, Guenter W. Gross, and FloydD. McDaniel. Spontaneous coordinated activity in cultured networks: Analysis of multiple ignition sites, primary circuits, and burst phase delay distributions. Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 24, 346-357, 2008
Luis M. A. Bettencourt, Greg J. Stephens, Michael I. Ham, and Guenter W. Gross. Functional structure of cortical neuronal networks grown in vitro. Physical Review E,75(2):021915, 2007. Free Arxiv version
Some of my most recent posters. For a longer list click the 'Posters' link above.
Rodriguez, M.A., Ham, M.I., Gintautas, V., Kunsberg, B., “A Prospectus on the Obstacles Inhibiting the Implementation of Advanced Artificial Neural Systems - Volume 1”, Decade of Mind IV Conference, Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 2009.
Ham, M.I., Rodriguez, M.A., Gintautas, V., Bennett, R., Santa Maria, C.L., Bettencourt L.M.A., “On the Relationship Between Neural Density and Functional Connectivity in the Murine Cortex”, Dynamic Days, San Diego, California, January 2009. Click here to view
American Pirate Party PAC An idea for using a Political Action Committee to institute much needed reforms in American politics.
LittleArtMonkeys.com a website with kid oriented art projects. Inspired by my wife who is an art teacher and my mom who always made sure that I had projects to do as a kid.
KinAestheticWind.com a not for profit charitable organization that I helped establish. We are working to raise money to purchase renewable energy resources (wind turbines and solar arrays) and use the proceeds to help lower the cost of higher educations and fund renewable energy research.
Check out my blog. Filled with my musings about the brain (and other stuff).......composed by my brain.
1998 Jeep Wrangler TJ. This is the most distinct vehicle on the face of the planet and it is a rock-crawling, mountain climbing, mudding machine.
2000 Oldsmobile Alero GLS. This was a fantastic car that I will definitely miss. Subtle styling came together to make a nice package reminiscent of an early 1970's Oldsmobile Cutlass (one of the most bad-ass cars ever made). This thing handles great, is fun to drive, gets reasonable gas mileage, and has tons of practical gadgets and gizmos.
1980 Honda CM400T This was my first motorcycle and proved to be a really cool (and frustrating) learning experience. It sounded great, and was fun to ride around on. Who would have thought it would be so easy to drop out an engine?
1984 Porsche 944. This car was gorgeous, fun to drive, but always haunted by Senor Murphy.
1989 Ford Probe The Converted. Never has there been a car that was more fun to build or drive. This car was awesome, removing the roof, hatch, and windows, made this a lightweight car that handled like a sweetheart.
1995 Ford F-150. Brilliant Ford product, there is a reason that they are number one in truck sales. This truck combined my favorite F-150 body style with a 5.0 Liter engine and could haul anything anywhere....fast.
1992 Toyota Corolla. What is there to say..... 200,000 + miles and still running great (A/C worked and everything) when I sold it.
1986 GMC Safari. Truck chassis, high seating, 20+ miles to the gallon, 4.3 liter V6, easy to drive, and great for packing friends in. Perfect college car.
1975 Datsun Pickup. The first car. Not pretty not fast, smoked, no power steering, but still has a special place in my heart. It was everything a truck should be. Low maintenance, bed hooks (why don't trucks these days have them?), and tough as nails drive train.
A list of lp's in my collection