Seeking creative computational problem-solving work as either a: Knowledge-Engineer, (Scientific/Research)-Programmer/Systems-Analyst/Architect, Scientist, Multi-disciplined(Research/Software)Engineer.

I have a strong desire to further my knowledge/experience with a variety of Artificial Intelligence and modeling&simulation techniques. I look for stimulating peer interaction on challenging projects.
I am particularly interested in work related to Knowledge-Based-Modeling&Simulation Environments &/or an Assisted Problem-Solving-Environments. [e-Science, Semantic(Web/Grid)Services]
Interest: Knowledge-(Representation/Reasoning/Management) for cooperative Scientific modeling,
via multi-use Model-Based-Reasoning/descriptive(layer of logic)to use pre-constructed applications and data.

Educational Background MSBiophysics&Computational Biology, (AI focus)
                                        B.S. Physics and B.S. Biophysics

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 1988 dept-distinction, October 1993
Thesis: Molecular Simulation with Expert Rules (accompanying code written in OPS5/Lisp/C)
Programming Skills
General Languages: [19+ years]                                Object Orientated Languages: [14+ yrs]     

C (6+ years), FORTRAN (6+ years)                                C++ (1+ years), Smalltalk (~1 year)
Scheme (~1 yr)                                                              Python(< 1year), Java (1+ year)
Lisp (7+yrs of CL 10+yrs of others)                                    CLOS [Common-Lisp-Object-System]
CLIPS [C Language Integrated Production System] 4+ yrs     COOL [CLIPS Object Orientated Language] (4+ years)
[CLIPS is based upon ART] ART-Enterprise (originally by Inference Corp.) (4+ years) [both~have CLOS]
MUMPS (1/2 year), and various others.

Rule-Based Programming Languages: [10+ years]

OPS5 [Official Production System 5], JESS (1 yr), Prolog, GoldWorks(< 1 yr), CLIPS, Art*Enterprise 4+years

Libraries: SGI’s Graphics Language (OpenGL) (3+ years)
High Performance Computing (HPC) (packages&libs) (3+ years) eg.PVM [Parallel-Virtual-Machine]
Web-Services: Tomcat/Axis SOAP, jsp; Semantics via Protege-OWL/SWRL/Jess
Databases: MS-Jet/SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, other commercial via OR-mapping tool.
Operating Systems:UNIX (18+ years),Linux, OS-X.Darwin (since beta),NeXTSTEP, MS (6+ years)

College Course work related to Artificial Intelligence (AI):

Pattern Recognition & Machine Learning             Programming Language Principles
Special Topics in Neural Networks                       Mathematical Modeling & Visualization
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence                     Building Problem Solvers
Mechanized Mathematical Inference -(1/2 of)       Human Computer Interaction(HCI)
Computer Inference & Knowledge Acquisition    AI-2
Computer Models of Cognitive Processes Numerical Analysis
Design of Computer Problem Solvers

College Extracurricular Experience:

Physics Society officer, (vp/etc) 3 years; Community Radio Station show, 2 years; Other groups and volunteering. 

Professional Organizations: 

AAAI [American Association for Artificial Intelligence]
IEEE [Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers] IEEE Computer Society []

Work Experience:

7/2011–present Freelance SanFrancisco,CA
Develop startup idea/s, starting with working on a ProofOfConcept for Patient DataMiningCluster patent application that I helped start at

10/2010–7/2011 Architect Adaptive Learning Platform SanFrancisco,CA
Conceptually annotate study material & tests for automated remediation, instrument classroom to learn from use [Hadoop, Lisp, KM]

9/2007–10/2010 Programmer/Analyst III    SanFrancisco,CA
Medical-Informatics research (relating to clinical-trails) in Lisp/KM, and Natural-Language-Processing in Java/etc; paper with Stanford groupontologydev/use [Lisp, KM, ..]

2/2001–9/2007 Freelance Mindbox/etc                         Chicago, IL
Knowledge Engineer
Rule-based, Case-based, Machine-learning/Data-Mining, &any Lisp work. Long-term computational-science (bio/chem/physics/bioinformatics), sim/AI background. Applied to a wide variety of problems. Will do the 'smarts' behind web selling, teaching, & many other applications. Research(science/AI/etc)programming, simulation, visualization,… Can take advanced/novel projects from idea to prototype to deployment. Part-time projects are just fine/preferred for maint.
Worked through 3/02–10/02. [used Art*Enterprise]
See: “ Mind Box.doc”
Worked upto ½ time for 5/03–5/04 [used Java Simulation]
Worked fulltime 8/03-~05, Model-Based-Diagnosis on a national scale.
[Used Art*Enterprise] See:
Bioinformatics/control contract 11/04–12/05 [Used CLIPS&]
Control of perfusion pumps on light microscope sample, monitoring incl. Machine-vision.
Bio-ontology/reasoning/Kn-mngt for the experiment setup. Incl. Grant proposal work.
Worked for 2/06–06/06 (re)organizing trade-data validation code. [using CLIPS/Jess]
Signal-Processing/Machine-Learning (startup) 06/06-[Lisp/etc] Protege&Lisp
Contact me for estimates & reasonably priced prototypes. Available for term/pt. work.

6/1998–2/2001 University of Illinois                             Urbana-Champaign, IL
(Senior) Research Programmer (Knowledge Based Systems Lab)
Organize many levels of a very large knowledge based simulation projects.
Brought over 18 programmers together to deliver a coherent product. Being used in classroom, real life testing, presented atIAAI99 'Automated Instructor Assistant for Ship Damage Control'
Ran weekly (sub)group meetings, down to help solving any problem.
Hiring, demo/design/install trips, prototyping to lead project direction.
Taught group of 6 how to use a Rule-Based-shell for a reasoner-rewrite in Art*Enterprise.
Projects included: Simulation-based, Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) & Real-Time control system.
The system teaches Navy officers how to save a simulated ship in crisis.
A variant was developed to catch real crisis conditions and suggest solutions, in real-time.

10/1996–6/1998 Brightware                                         Novato, CA
Knowledge Engineer
Helped develop and install their very first product (Intelligent email reply).
Worked between development and consulting.
Helped on several Knowledge-Based business applications.
Helped with several deployed Knowledge-Based business applications (eg. financial: mortgage, web based job finder). All with Art*Enterprise. See:
_More recently I worked 1/2year for the new version of the company: Mindbox.

2/1996–8/1996 Institute of Learning Sciences             Evanston, IL
Lead Programmer/Analyst
Wrote Lisp code (mainly GUI) for Qualitative Research Group. Learned more about Qualitative/Quantitative Simulation, Model-Based Reasoning, Intelligent-Tutoring-Systems, & general Lisp programming. See:

2/1993–2/1996 Argonne National Lab                         Argonne, IL
Software Engineer (EAD then DIS groups)
Wrote fielded Expert System by myself at the end of grad-school. [in Lisp rule-shell then CLIPS]
Prototyped communication & control of distributed simulation. [in CLIPS PVM etc]
Agent wrapping of simulations with CLIPS+PVM, to describe then mix and match them.
Also used C++/Smalltalk/FORTRAN with PVM; Other work as needed. Algo/Viz/Etc.
Written up in a book about innovative distributed object application.
_More recently I worked part-time for the new subgroup of dis:

1/1990–1/1993 University of Illinois                             Urbana-Champaign, IL
Graduate Research Assistant /Research Programmer
Wrote molecular graphics package used in classes & for publications. [in C]
Used machine-learning techniques for protein structure prediction.
Wrote thesis on Knowledge-Based Simulation Environment. [Lisp/OPS5/C]
Overseen by heads of the NCSA CompBio group and head of Biophysics at the time.

4/1989–12/1989 NCSA,Uof IL,GIST                             Urbana-Champaign, IL
Programmer/Consultant [National Center for Supercomputing Applications]
Suggested scientific software path for Software Tools Group of NCSA; Wrote molecular graphics code for a professor. Wrote testing code for Global Info Systems Tech. [in C]

10/1988–4/1989 Shearson Lehman Hutton                     London, England
Programmer (Research Computing)
Maintained financial databases & daily report information. Organized worldwide mailing system.
Wrote code for statistics for stock predictions. [MUMPS and Maths-package]

3/1982–8/1988 Construction Engineering Research Lab Urbana-Champaign, IL
Research Programmer (Modeling then Acoustics teams)
Provided research support from start to finish.
Wrote and ran computer simulation code, compared output with field data. [FORTRAN]
Did field measurements to back up predictions. (Team/Self; Local/US/World-wide)
My work went into several published papers. Some found at:…81..638J
- Early work went into GRASS:

Experience Summary:
Modeling&Simulation and AI work has helped my design and algorithmic skills. Growing up around UIUC, using networked computers (PLATO) since early grade-school, early tech-groups (sci/eng/CS), then work in & around supercomputing, has set my standards for what is a good/ interesting system, quite high. I get something out of all of my work, yet think I can do more. So I continue to look for places that I can enact (at least parts of) my vision. I prefer scientific applications, but the ability to push the norm with innovative applications wins out in any domain. If your IT dept. already has the skills for what you want done, I probably shouldn’t work for you. I should be helping you with a multi-disciplined problem, by leveraging my varied background. [I am a uniting force as both a knowledge worker&kn-engineer.]

Contact: Michael Bobak
2104 Bryant St Phone: 312‒666‒3294
SanFrancisco, CA 94110   Email:

References: Available upon request.