Welcome to Ray's site.
Dr. Raymund Manning was trained as an aerospace engineer
and is silly enough to currently make 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
Ray's true calling is related to 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 is also working Internet and Intranet based applications
for childrens adoptions workers. As a Board of Directors member of ResourceScout and
the chief techno-geek, Ray has implemented a number of search/match algorithms that
significantly improve the ability of adoptions workers to match children with families
desiring to adopt. The algorithms have been demonstrated to a number of counties in
California and negotiations over an Internet or Intranet implmentation are progressing.
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.