I am a computer programmer and computational linguist living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. My research centers on machine translation. My Erdõs number is 3. My scientific productivity h-index is 14 and my g-index is 41.
I am a fan of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These courses allow people everywhere (well, at least those with access to the Internet) to have access to courses taught by the top people in the field. For example, Peter Norvig, head of research at Google and the author of the top textbook on artificial intelligence, and Sebastian Thrun, a research professor at Stanford who lead the development of a robotic vehicle that won the DARPA challenge race to drive a 150 mile mountainous course, taught an free online course on artificial intelligence. 160,000 people in 190 countries enrolled in the course. This is a phenomenal shift in education. Students no longer need to be accepted to elite universities to have access to the highest quality instruction. I’ve used MOOCs in several of my courses ranging from introduction to computer science courses to upper level courses. >>
This course provides an introduction to databases and their application. We will also examine database integration into web applications. The course covers both SQL, an industry standard database model, and more cutting edge approaches such as Facebook's Cassandra database system, Google's BigTable, Apache CouchDB, and Amazon's Dynamo--all designed to handle petabytes of data.>>