Technical

Dr. Raymund Manning was trained as an aerospace engineer and makes his living building environmental monitoring satellites for NASA and other governmental agencies. Ray worked on the EOS Aqua and Aura satellites that monitor the earth's environment and detect short and long term climatological changes in the earth's environment. These satellites support long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans. EOS Aqua collects information about Earth's water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, clouds, precipitation, soil moisture, sea ice, land ice, and snow cover on the land and ice. Additional variables also being measured by Aqua include radiative energy fluxes, aerosols, vegetation cover on the land, phytoplankton and dissolved organic matter in the oceans, and air, land, and water temperatures.

Calling

Ray is working on applying technology tools to help the victims of domestic violence and human trafficking rebuild their lives. He works with Social Services Technology Solutions, a 501(c) corporation in the state of California, to use technology for the geographically-desireable distribution of resources to those in need. Ray has implemented a number of search/match algorithms that significantly improve the ability of domestic violence victims, victims of human trafficking, and childrens adoptions workers to locate resources and rebuild lives.
 
In 2008 Ray traveled with friends from Engineers Without Borders to build a preschool for orphans and refugees on the border of Thailand and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Ray considers it a life-changing experience and has since helped out Habit for Humanity in the local area and is trying to get a vocational training center built for Wat Opot outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wat Opot is a refuge for throw-away children affected by AIDS/HIV - whether they are HIV positive or have been given up because their HIV positive parents cannot care for themselves or their children anymore.

 
Fun

Ray maintains an interest in artificial life, evolutionary systems, emergence, and systems that behave at the liquid edge of chaos. The author of various genetic algorithms, self-training neural networks, evolving cellular automata and artificial societies, Dr. Manning is currently trying to bridge the gap between his "dry" artificial life and true, "wet" artificial life.
 
Ray loves to ride bicycles of any sort, anywhere. On some of his frequent trips he will rent a bicycle and ride to see sites and meet new people.
 
Ray also has an addiction to Formula One racing and MotoGP/Moto2/Moto3 motorcycle roadracing. He has watched races at Laguna Seca in California, in The Czech Republic, and in Malaysia.

About


Please enjoy reading about some of the projects that Ray is working on. He is always looking for collaborators and new, innovative ideas and thinkers.

News & Events

04/16/2016

Ray will be attending the Basic Income Create-A-Thon being held in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles sponsored by GOOD magazine. Writers, artists, developers, researchers, and geeks will come together to create projects around the theme of a Universal Basic Income in the United States. The idea is to help those lower down the economic ladder to create opportunity and better income equity in the United States.

04/06/2016

Ray attended the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force meeting. In subcommittee, Ray provided an outline of the Social Services Technology Solutions (SSTS) technology that can benefit the victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Ray pointed out that a number of organizations had tried to make the technology work before, but the SSTS discriminator is the real-time bed/facility availability feature. Many people instantly saw the impact this could have and will be in negotiations soon.

03/03/2016

The Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force was the sight of another meeting that Ray attended to pitch the use of technology to help those in need.

02/23/2016

Ray recently pitched at Work Evolution Labs (aka WE Labs) for web and mobile based technology to address the homeless issue. The technology provides geolocated, realtime shelter and resource availability.

01/22/2016

Ray just returned from a five week trip to Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. It was a fun trip of bicycle riding, meeting up with friends, and seeing sights.