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

08/10/2016

Ray recently passed birthday number 59. According to his tradition, Ray rode 59 miles on the road bicycle to celebrate his 59th birthday. Ray has also been regularly participating in Habitat for Humanity builds as well as working on web programming and outreach for non-profits to provide shelter/resources to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and homelessness. Ray attended a silent art auction in Long Beach to benefit the End Child Prostituion in Asian Tourism (ecpat.org) intern program in Thailand. Ray is hoping to meet up with the ECPAT people on a future trip.

06/25/2016

Ray has had a busy few weeks. He participated in collaborations to help the homeless in Long Beach, to implement new child abuse prevention/tracking tools in hospitals, and to release data to the public via Long Beach's Innovation Team (iTeam). He continues to develop new technology tools and processes for web and mobile devices to help those in need. Along the way there was also a Habitat for Humanity build day, though Ray is a bit disappointed that he is almost one month into his retirement and has only participated in one Habitat for Humanity build thus far. (And has not even used the new safety boots that he bought with an Amazon gift card from co-workers.)

05/31/2016

Ray is retiring from his aerospace job on 31 May 2016. Ray feels that the time has come to work hard at other issues, such as helping victims of human trafficking and domestic violence and mis-placed adoptions, as well as spending more time on bicycles and more time traveling the world. Ray already has a number of activites lined up with the Long Beach Human Rights Commission, The Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force, and Habitat for Humanity. And Ray is looking forward to a trip to Ecuador sometime late in the summer.

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.