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A few weeks ago I was approached by a company who is applying for a government grant to design more reliable systems of systems software using new mathematical techniques, especially operads. This company already makes systems-of-systems software, and they were approached by the US government to apply for this grant. They have some mathematicians who work for them, but they needed to bring an expert on operads on board to make their proposal credible. I understand operads pretty well. My job would be to come up with some new mathematics, while they would be doing some programming to modify the software they already make.
I decided to give it a try, since it seems like an interesting challenge, the company seems to have a reasonable chance of getting the grant, the people who work there seem smart, and the grant would help fund a grad student as well as giving me some more money. I hope working on this will give me some new ideas about complex networked systems. The grant not only allows but requires that my work be published - that's good.
If it gets funded, the project will start in August and last 4 years. I think I won't say who the company unless the project goes forward. I'll let you know when I find out more!
I've been pretty busy helping them write their grant proposal, but right now I'm done with that, at least for a while.