Main Current Interest: Dolphin Inspired Sonar.
Some other interests and activities of Moreman on the web .
Eventually, I was induced by circumstances to move to the graduate program in Auburn University in Alabama where graduates of the Third Floor (notably Ben Fitzpatrick, Jr ( Three Hundred Pounds of Integrity), Richard Calder, William Coleman, and later and of the second generation, Ralph Ford) encouraged me. I created Convex Topology by joining general topology with abstract convexity, generalizing the notion of what was, at the time, called the "weak topology" (Also studied by John von Neumann, I later learned. Though, today I cannot find a relevant reference on the Web.) of a normed linear space.
Distressed at a long period of failing to make anything useful of Convex Topology, I gave in to the oblique influence of Third Floor graduate John Neuberger and took up computing.
Circumstances in 1983 took me to Baton Rouge where the Computer Science department of Southern University accepted me onto its faculty to teach courses heavy in mathematics. Their need must have been great: they overlooked my deficiencies in their science. I went there to learn-while-teaching, intending to stay just two years. After 31 years, I dispared of ever knowing much about that science and retired to invent sonar methods inspired by dolphins.
The head-of-department, Leroy Roquemore, and his successors, gave me experience working on grants - a mixed blessing, in that, on the negative side, they entailed much work that took me away from my deepest thoughts.
Circa 1991, I invented the Orthodrop method by which I was able to solve huge, sparse systems of linear equations on my little PC. Then, a helpful soul, Alan Hindmarsh, at Lawrence Livermore National Lab informed me that he had recently learned of the method and that John von Neumann (him again!) had distributed memeographed notes on the main idea of Orthodrop back in the 1930's.
In 1992, I began distributing by mail and later put onto a website, " Ethorobotics of Microsubmarines" subtitled "Dolphinoids for Ridgetrek." It seemed natural to think in terms of a joining into a new science both a study of the behavior of animals and a new robotics. I coined the terms "ethorobotics,"dolphinoids," and "Ridgetrek." The word "ethorobotics" appeared in "Day of the Dolphinoid," an article, excerpted from my larger work, in a trade publication in 1993. That the word " ethorobotics" has entered English is suggested by the number of "hits" on it returned by Google. It seems likely that some roboticists I talked with, and handed a paper to, at a symposium in New England, liked the word and adapted it for their adaptation of physical, swimming, methods of fish to small submarines.
While funded by NASA, my team invented methods of capturing "wisdom" from retiring rocket scientists, and others. The project went on for a few years, but I eventually realized that I would have to NOT go further down that path or I would create precious little "wisdom" of my own - of the depth I believed myself capable. Yet, I cringe when I think of the wisdom and technical details that have been lost as the scientists and engineers of the days of the Moon missions retire or die.
On one grant-project, I was asked to think about what could be accomplished by using two Patriot Missile radar sets together. I applied some of my thoughts about autonomous robotics and learned a little bit about radar - which allowed me, years later, to begin simulations of the sonar of dolphins. The final report of our team must have impressed someone because it was declared "secret" and I have not seen or heard of it since. Rather than my work, it might have been the unique work of my partner John Dyer that someone seemed worthy to hide.
On yet another grant project John Dyer (a super-skilled mathematician) and I at Southern University were asked what could be done by placing sensors on some of the 4000 or so oil-platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. So, I invented (surely several others, unknown to me, had invented similar ideas) the concept of a Distributed Observatory, based upon a network of sensors and computers and software whose "intelligence" would grow over time.
would be the distributed observatory of many earth sciences, based, largely upon those oil platforms, but also on nearby boats and so on. The data would be analyzed by a largely autonomous network of small computers working together with a rapidly growable grid of larger computers. The automated system could quickly increase its capabilities in a modeling response to a rapidly developing hurricane. The system would be self-organizing and adaptable to damage. The general idea is not restricted to the Gulf, nor to oil-platforms.
Circa 2001 (I am not sure), after examining a directional microphone for sale in some store and wondering how it might work, I accidentally created a model of what might be the mechanism of the imaging sonar of dolphins. That mechanism has evolved, in my mind, and continues to survive tests in computer-based simulations. My theory of how the microphone worked was, however, quite wrong.
DOMES an introduction to the concept of a "distributed observatory."
How von Neumann's Elephant creates Hubris and Error in Environmental Sciences
Aposyndesis: Towards a Theory of Evolution of Social Groups (and war and such)
Orthodrop, a simple method of solving huge sparse systems of linear equations.
Epistemological Concerns in Climate Science.