The Kentucky Register


PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COMPUTING CENTER


OCTOBER 1964       VOL I, ISSUE 3

Photo of new computer

RESEARCH TOOL INSTALLED

When the above photo was taken on the day the IBM 7040 was officially put into operation, Dr. Albright, Executive Vice-President of the University, on the left, and Dr. Navarro, Computing Center Director, on the right, were discussing the report being produced by the computer with IBM representative Bill Fletcher.

It was an historic day for the Computing Center and for the University, giving us the capability to provided a much greater service than was possible before. We urge those who are interested in investigating the possibilities of utilizing the facilities for research projects or data analysis in preparation for publication to contact the Computing Center office.

Also, we would like to remind the faculty and staff members that small groups are welcome to view our operation here. Arrangements can be made by contacting Miss Bradshaw on extension 2275, the Computing Center.

COMPUTER SCIENTIST JOINS CENTER STAFF

Nicholas V. Findler, who recently became a member of the Computing Center staff, was born in Budapest where he received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the Budapest University for Technical Sciences. He is now an Australian citizen. Dr. Findler comes to the University of Kentucky from Pittsburgh where he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Systems and Communication Center, Carnegie Institute of Technology, and a Research Associate in the University of Pittsburgh Computing Center. He has lectured at Budapest University, Vienna State University, and the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He held a research grant at the University of Sydney and participated at the RAND Corporation Summer Research Institute in California.

Dr. Findler has published extensively, his most recent articles being "Machine Learning From Noisy Information" accepted by Nature and "A Mathematical Model of Short-term Memory" which will appear in Simulation. He has just submitted a study entitled "An Information Processing Theory of Human Decision Making Under Uncertainty and Risk".

As a Computer Scientist and Visiting Associate Professor in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Findler will be primarily interested in Heuristic Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematical Psychology, and Mathematical Biophysics.

DERMATOLOGY STUDY BEGUN

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7040 MACHINE ROOM AND CLOSED SHOP OPERATION

In the interest of a more efficient operation it has been necessary to direct that all personnel remain outside the 7040 Machine Room (except for use of the Keypunch or 1401) during the hours of Closed Shop operation. If the machine is apparently idle and a "quick run" is desired, submit the job to closed shop.

Any non-closed shop job running when a Closed Shop Job is submitted must be immediately dumped by the Machine Operator on duty.

Naturally, Machine Operator training and supervision will be necessary from time to time by authorized personnel as well as other similar duties.

PERSONALITIES IN THE COMPUTING CENTER

As often as not when one of the Computing Center staff has a problem and has without success exhausted all the sources close at hand in his search for an answer, he will finally ask Marty. For Martin B. Solomon, Jr., better known simply as "Marty", has the "computer fever" - he likes problems. For this reason, an also because he usually has the answers, he has become the programmers' last court of appeals.

Originally from Chicago Marty received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Commerce of the University of Kentucky in 1955. He began graduate studies and was a Research Assistant in the College of Commerce in 1958-59. He received the degree of Master of Business Administration from the University in 1960 and was appointed an Instructor in the College of Commerce. He also held the position of Research Associate of Operations in the Computing Center.

Marty is a member of the American Economics Association, the Association for Computing Machinery, and Beta Gamma Sigma. He is the author of an article, "A Misplaced Emphasis in Capital Budgeting" which appeared in The Quarterly Review of Economics and Business in February, 1962, and was reprinted in Financial Management by Corrigan and Ward; and "Quantitative Techniques", included in Fundamentals of Management, a textbook by J.L. Massie. He has also authored a book, Investment Decisions in Small Business, which was published by the University of Kentucky Press in 1963. Currently Marty is working with Mr. Williams Smith on the "Simulation of a Hospital Population."

Marty and his wife, Mary Ellen, reside with their two daughters, Michelle, age 8, and Robin, age 2, in Holiday Hills subdivision.

KEEPING UP TO DATE

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HOW CENTER HELPS THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

In addition to operating the equipment (about 2 million dollars worth), the center provides consulting service to faculty, staff, and advanced students. These services may be as simple as correcting errors in a computer program or as complex as developing new computational techniques. In many cases a great deal of time is spent in identifying the data, preparing it for card punching, and later interpreting the results.

CONSULTING SCHEDULE AVAILABLE

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SEMINAR BEING HELD

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COMPUTING CENTER PROJECTS

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