Clae Styron

The design of multimedia productions as well as the development and indexing of image databases is intriguing to me. While here I have built two databases. For ImageQuery I collaborated in the creation of an image database for a collection of Soviet propaganda posters from the period of the First Cultural Revolution (19281932) that richly demonstrated various conundrums of image indexing.

While at Berkeley I have explored such subjects as hypertext in transition from medieval manuscript (Liber floridus) to contemporary multimedia (Project Perseus). I am currently writing a paper on the research historian and the computer. My background in Russian history and literature heightens my interest in the applications of computer technology to the study of history, literature, and art, among others.

I grew up in an aural environment with no television and alot of storytelling. I listened to the radio alot and made my own mental movies that I can play back today. Not too far away Norbert Wiener was coining the term "cybernetics". My background in education and communications includes development of community radio stations and producing feature programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Some of my favorite places on the World Wide Web:


Norbert Wiener (1894-1964), former MIT professor and famous child prodigy, introduced the term "cybernetics", now replaced by many specialized and familiar terms, to describe similarities in functioning between machines and people. It was a concept that launched early attempts to build machines that could imitate such functions as certain kinds of human decision-making and data analysis. From a child's point of view what was delightful about Wiener, apart from the fact that he mastered foreign languages while feigning sleep during faculty meetings, was that he would drive to New York to a meeting in his car and return on the train!

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is the national public broadcasting service in Canada principally funded by a small annual contribution from each taxpayer. Approximately twenty percent of funding comes from advertising. It was founded in 1936 and modeled in part on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).


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