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HI all. I am first-quarter graduate student at The University of California, Riverside. I moved to California from Nashville, Tennessee where I did undergraduate work at Tennessee State University. At TSU I was working with an applied mathematician and a control theorist. We mostly looked at linear dynamical systems with uncertainty. Most of my contribution to the research was numerical and computational. We looked at Markovian switched systems, very few networked systems, stochastic systems, parametrically uncertain systems, and some hybrids of these. The focus was always the stability analysis of the systems (that is what control theorists want: stability and stabilizability.) I could go on and share some of this work, but that is not my current topic.
Though the research was in the field of "applied mathematics" we studied no actual applications. All of the models we investigated were purely numerical and abstract - perhaps a better word is fictitious. This was quite frustrating to me. While I was working on this research, I started to read Dr. John Baez's blog; I started to think about how cool it would be to learn more about the environmental issues facing humanity while (hopefully) using some of the tools of systems analysis and control theory to further understand and disseminate this science.
My current interests are