Lester Ingber

physicist with interdisciplinary expertise and interests

Location
Ashland, Oregon
Industry
Research
Current
  1. Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE),
  2. Lester Ingber Research (LIR)
Previous
  1. Pion Capital,
  2. Research Publisher,
  3. DUNN Capital Management
Education
  1. University of California, San Diego
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Background

Summary

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Since 1965, I have published over 100 papers and books in the disciplines of: theoretical nuclear physics, neuroscience, finance, general optimization, combat analysis, karate, and education. A brief summary of my projects is in http://www.ingber.com/ingber_projects_brief.pdf .

http://www.ingber.com contains papers and code on topics:
ASA: Adaptive Simulated Annealing, Optimization, Importance Sampling, Nonlinear Systems, Stochastic Systems.
COMBAT: Statistical Mechanics of Combat and Simulations.
KARATE: The Art and Science of Karate, Applications to Learning.
MARKETS: Statistical Mechanics of Financial Markets, Options, Risk, Portfolios, Trading.
NEOCORTEX: Statistical Mechanics of Neocortical Interactions, Applications to Memory, EEG, Intelligent Systems.
NUCLEAR: Nucleons, Nuclear Matter, Riemannian Interactions.
PATH-INTEGRAL: Path Integrals in Stochastic Systems with Nonlinear Diffussion.

More information is on LIR Products is on pages https://www.linkedin.com/company/lester-ingber-research-lir-/products and http://google.com/+Ingber .

Specialties: My projects have been in theoretical nuclear physics, statistical mechanics of neocortical interactions (short-term memory and EEG correlates, AI), statistical mechanics of combat (baselining simulations to training), and statistical mechanics of financial markets (options, bond futures, risk management, and trading systems).

I have developed algorithms for nonlinear stochastic systems, including ASA/VFSR & PATHINT/PATHTREE, a full suite of options code, and copula risk management.

Principal Investigator (PI), National Science Foundation resource The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE.org), "Electroencephalographic field influence on calcium momentum waves".

Experience

Principal Investigator (PI)

Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)
– Present (1 year 8 months)http://www.xsede.org

I am Principal Investigator (PI), of the National Science Foundation (NSF.gov) collaborative supercomputer resource, The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE.org), project "Electroencephalographic field influence on calcium momentum waves". Work performed under an initial grant spanning 20 Feb 2013 - 19 Aug 2014 passed peer review for a second research grant spanning 1 Jul 2014 - 30 Jun 2015.

A description of a current project and its sub-projects is in
L. Ingber, M. Pappalepore, and R.R. Stesiak, ``Electroencephalographic field influence on calcium momentum waves,'' Journal of Theoretical Biology (2014). [ URL http://www.ingber.com/smni14_eeg_ca.pdf ] . A 5-minute audio-slide presentation accompanying this paper can be accessed at http://www.ingber.com or http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12559-011-9105-4 .

Reviews of this project are at http://www.ingber.com/smni14_eeg_ca_JTB_reviews.txt , and some press releases are at https://www.xsede.org/mechanism-of-short-term-memory , http://www.sdsc.edu/News%20Items/PR041414_short_term_memory.html , and http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/the_mechanism_of_short_term_memory .

New papers/lectures in progress include:

L. Ingber, ``Calculating consciousness at multiple scales of neocortical interactions'' [URL http://www.ingber.com/smni14_calc_conscious.pdf .

L. Ingber, ``Influences on consciousness from multiple scales of neocortical interactions: Lecture plates,'' Report 2014:LEFI, Lester Ingber Research, Ashland, OR, (2014). [ 3rd World Neuroscience Online Conference 17 June 2014. URL http://www.ingber.com/smni14_conscious_scales_lect.pptx ]

Physicist

Lester Ingber Research (LIR)
– Present (25 years)

See the LIR page https://www.linkedin.com/company/lester-ingber-research-lir-/products

I have worked through LIR intermittently between various positions in academia, government and business, as described in http://www.ingber.com/ingber_CV.pdf .
See the LIR page https://www.linkedin.com/company/lester-ingber-research-lir-/products

My Statistical Mechanics of Neocortical Interactions (SMNI) work since 1981 has detailed short-term memory and local generators of EEG. My 1983 Physical Review paper was the first paper accepted on the brain in this premier physics journal. 30+ SMNI papers have been published since then.

I have published several papers in finance using algorithms I developed in computational physics. My 1990 Physical Review paper was the first paper accepted on finance in this premier physics journal.
Tools have been developed to price complex projects as financial options with alternative schedules and strategies, in Real Options for Project Schedules (ROPS), http://www.ingber.com/markets07_rops.pdf . Risk management codes have been developed in Trading in Risk Dimensions (TRD) in http://www.ingber.com/markets_trd.pdf , published in Handbook of Trading, McGraw-Hill (2010).

Partner

Pion Capital
(2 years 7 months)Round Rock, Texas

Pion Capital is a hedge-fund Partnership of Caltech Alumni (http://pioncapital.com). I helped this early-stage start-up by representing them as a Partner to vendors to get good pricing for datafeeds and co-location of their systems, and by building interfaces for such feeds. I benchmarked some of my own TRD trading systems in their formats. I worked on various administrative and R&D projects.

Editor-in-Chief

Research Publisher
(11 months)Santa Clara, CA

I was EiC of three journals for Research Publisher, and recruited and formed their Editorial Boards:

Current Progress Journal with associated e-conferences, on various selected topics
Graduate Journal of Research with associated e-conferences
Undergraduate Journal of Research with associated e-conferences

Director R&D

DUNN Capital Management
(1 year 7 months)

I developed copula risk-management algorithms, and helped with analysis of other trading-related projects.

Director R&D

DRW Trading
(4 years)

I led teams developing multi-factor nonlinear stochastic models of markets, directly applied to options, bond futures, and various trading systems.

I formulated "volatility of volatility" of markets and, using Eurodollars as an example, I developed PATHINT to explicitly calculate all Greeks for options, based on my 2-variable price-volatility model.

Research Professor of Mathematics

George Washington University (GWU)
(1 year)

Research

Professor of Physics

US Army Concepts Analysis Agency (CAA)
(less than a year)

Research

Senior Research Associate

National Research Council (NRC)
(less than a year)

Research

Professor of Physics

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
(3 years)

http://www.ingber.com/combat93_c3sci.pdf summarizes a series of papers started in 1985, which led to the baselining of JANUS(T) simulation to National Training Center (NTC) data. I was Principal Investigator (PI) of an Army contract, leading a team of scientists and officers to develop mathematical comparisons of Janus computer combat simulations with exercise data from NTC, developing a testable theory of combat successfully baselined to empirical data.

Consultant

ANSER
(2 years)

Research

Senior Research Associate

National Research Council (NRC)
(1 year)

Research

Research Associate, Physics

UC San Diego (UCSD)
(6 years)

Research with Physics Department and Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences (IPAPS)

President

Physical Studies Institute (PSI)
(16 years)

PSI, a CA nonprofit corporation, via UCSD/IPAPS agency account 1970-1986: Published research in physics, neuroscience, and finance. Paper in 1981 led to Physical Review's (premier physics journal's) first paper on the brain in 1983. Paper in 1984 led to Physical Review's first paper in finance in 1990.

Institute for Study of Attention (ISA) (educational branch of PSI) alternative school 1970-1978: Founded, funded, directed, instructed, and managed instructors in over 30 courses (see ``Attention, physics and teaching,'' http://www.ingber.com/smni81_attention.pdf). ISA karate classes 1970-1986: Instructed thousands of students and wrote three karate texts.

Conservatory of Ballet Arts Company (CBAC) from 1976-1985 was another branch of PSI directed by Louise Ingber (http://louise.ingber.com).

Research Associate, Music

UC San Diego (UCSD)
(2 years)

Research with Music Department with Pauline Oliveros

Director Learning To Learn

UC San Diego (UCSD) Extension
(less than a year)

See ``Editorial: Learning to learn,'' http://www.ingber.com/smni72_learning.pdf

Asst Professor of Physics

State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook
(1 year)

Research and Teaching

National Science Foundation Postdoc Fellow

UC Los Angeles (UCLA)
(1 year)

Research

Sensei

Japan Karate Association (JKA)/All America Karate Federation (AAKF)
(1 year)

I was the first graduate of the Japan Karate Association (JKA)/All America Karate Federation (AAKF) Sensei/Instructor's School, taught by Hidetaka Nishiyama in 1968. My thesis was Physics of Karate Techniques. A photo taken in 1972 is at http://www.ingber.com/karate72_encinitas.jpg .

National Science Foundation Postdoc Fellow

UC Berkeley (UCB)
(1 year)

Research

Consultant

RAND Corporation
(1 year)

I worked with friend and colleague Hal T. Yura on Collective Interactions Between Light and Matter.

Reader, Mathematical Physics (graduate level)

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
(1 year)

I graded homeworks and exams.

Research Assistant Metallurgy

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
(1 year)

I conducted experiments in metallurgy.

Reader, Algebra (undergraduate level)

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
(1 year)

I graded homeworks and exams.

Projects

How I Think(Link)

– Present

Every since I got my skull cracked open by a spoon during an argument over a red truck when I was about two years old, I've had problems holding on to chains of thought. I quickly learned to compensate by "thinking" in overlapping patterns, so that whenever such a lapse occurs, I just about always can quickly reconstruct my chain of thought. At a certain age, like mine at 70+, these are often described as "senior moments," but I have had these moments all my life. I think this has turned into a asset, making me very creative in all my endeavors, as I uncover new patterns of information relying on such processes more than most people do, instead of having to be led by logic.

Electroencephalographic field influence on calcium momentum waves(Link)

Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation supercomputer resource The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE.org), PHY130022, "Electroencephalographic field influence on calcium momentum waves". See
L. Ingber, M. Pappalepore, and R.R. Stesiak, ``Electroencephalographic field influence on calcium momentum waves,'' Journal of Theoretical Biology (2014). [ URL http://www.ingber.com/smni14_eeg_ca.pdf ]
and
http://ingber.com/smni14_eeg_ca.pdf and http://ingber.com/smni14_eeg_ca_lect.pptx , as well as http://www.ingber.com/lir_computational_physics_group.html ..

A 5-minute audio-slide presentation accompanies this paper.


L. Ingber, ``Influences on consciousness from multiple scales of neocortical interactions,'' (2014) [URL http://www.ingber.com/smni14_conscious_scales.pdf ]

L. Ingber, ``Influences on consciousness from multiple scales of neocortical interactions: Lecture plates,'' Report 2014:LEFI, Lester Ingber Research, Ashland, OR, (2014). [ 3rd World Neuroscience Online Conference 17 June 2014. URL http://www.ingber.com/smni14_conscious_scales_lect.pptx ]

Skills

  • Physics
  • Data Mining
  • Risk Management
  • Statistics
  • Simulations
  • Trading
  • Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Trading Systems

Publications

http://www.ingber.com/ingber.ref.html(Link)

2012

Over 100 publications in several formats, including several disciplines:

ASA: Adaptive Simulated Annealing, Optimization, Importance Sampling, Nonlinear Systems, Stochastic Systems.
COMBAT: Statistical Mechanics of Combat and Simulations.
KARATE: The Art and Science of Karate, Applications to Learning.
MARKETS: Statistical Mechanics of Financial Markets, Bond Futures, Options, Risk, Portfolios, Trading.
NEOCORTEX: Statistical Mechanics of Neocortical Interactions, Applications to Memory, EEG, Intelligent Systems.
NUCLEAR: Nucleons, Nuclear Matter, Riemannian Interactions.
PATH-INTEGRAL: Path Integrals in Stochastic Systems with Nonlinear Diffusion.

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Adaptive Simulated Annealing (ASA)(Link)

Lester Ingber Research
1989

I maintain and and update my ASA code, originally Very Fast Simulated Reannealing (VFSR) until 1993, available at no charge from my archive http://www.ingber.com (mirrored at http://alumni.caltech.edu/~ingber). Mirrors of the ASA code are at http://asa-caltech.sourceforge.net and https://code.google.com/p/adaptive-simulated-annealing .

Karate Texts and Videos(Link)

Lester Ingber
1982

http://www.youtube.com/user/ingber#p/p has videos of a series of karate seminars that developed material for my book Elements of Advanced Karate http://www.ingber.com/karate85_book.html . I have two other books there as well, The Karate Instructor's Handbook http://www.ingber.com/karate76_book.html and Karate: Kinematics and Dynamics http://www.ingber.com/karate81_book.html , together with a running karate correspondence on http://www.ingber.com/karate.html .

Extended Reviews

2010

In addition to being a reviewer for about 50 scientific journals for about the same number of years, sometimes I do extended reviews, e.g., working with colleagues who are writing books. Some recent books containing acknowledgments for such collaboration are:

Paul L. Nunez, "Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality" (Oxford U Press, London, 2010).

Emeric Arus, "Biomechanics of Human Motion: Application in the Martial Arts" (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2013).

Recent Papers

2012

L. Ingber, M. Pappalepore, and R.R. Stesiak, ``Electroencephalographic field influence on calcium momentum waves,'' Journal of Theoretical Biology (to be published)(2014). [ URL http://www.ingber.com/smni14_eeg_ca.pdf ]

L. Ingber, ``Electroencephalographic (EEG) influence on Ca2+ waves,'' Report 2013:LEFI, Lester Ingber Research, Ashland, OR, (2013). [ 2nd World Neuroscience Online Conference 18 June 2013. URL http://www.ingber.com/smni13_eeg_ca_lect.pptx ]

P.L. Nunez, R. Srinivasan, and L. Ingber, ``Theoretical and experimental electrophysiology in human neocortex: Multiscale correlates of conscious experience,'' in Multiscale Analysis and Nonlinear Dynamics: From genes to the brain, edited by M.M. Pesenson (Wiley, New York, 2013), p. 149-178.

Brief Bio(Link)

2012

Brief Bio
http://ingber.wordpress.com

Full resume
http://ingber.com/ingber_CV.pdf

Education

University of California, San Diego

PhD, Theoretical Nuclear Physics

Influential Professors:

Keith Brueckner: Thesis advisor, "One-Meson-Exchange Potentials and Properties of Nucleon-Nucleon Scattering and of Nuclear Matter". See summary paper http://www.ingber.com/nuclear68_forces.pdf .

Bernd Matthias: Friend and Colleague.

Maria Goeppert Mayer: Offered much encouragement and motivation to work in her discipline.

Activities and Societies: President, Organization Of Organizations. Founder, Karate Club/Classes. Karate Instructor: Hidetaka Nishiyama.

Niels Bohr Institute

Theoretical Nuclear Physics

Caltech

B.S., Physics

Activities and Societies: Kelman Scholar, 4 years. Captain, Caltech Karate Club. Karate Instructors: Tsutomu Ohshima and Hidetaka Nishiyama.

Brooklyn Technical High School (BTHS)

Diploma, college prep

Activities and Societies: Chief Justice, Student Court. New York State Merit Scholar. Senior Project: Electroluminescence, special award from American Institute of Physics. I am the Manager of the Brooklyn Technical High School LinkedIn Group, for alumni and frirends of BTHS. Go to http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/53791 to join.

Additional Info

  1. Interests

    • 100+ publications -> ASA: Adaptive Simulated Annealing,
    • Optimization. COMBAT: Statistical Mechanics of Combat and Simulations. KARATE: The Art and Science of Karate (8th Dan),
    • Applications to Learning. MARKETS: Statistical Mechanics of Financial Markets. NEOCORTEX: Statistical Mechanics of Neocortical Interactions. NUCLEAR: Nuclear Physics. PATH-INTEGRAL: Path Integrals in Nonlinear Stochastic Systems. Reviewer,
    • Scientific Journals (40+)
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Honors & Awards

Brooklyn Technical HS 1955-1958: Justice -> Chief Justice, Student Court.
Honorable Mention, New York Science Exam 1957.
New York State Merit Scholar 1958.
Caltech, Kelman Scholar 1958-1962.
Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics Honor Society 1961-.
Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society 1963-.
UCSD, President, Organization of Organizations 1965.
Security Clearances: Secret -> Top Secret/SCI/CNWDI 1965-1966, 1986-1990.
National Science Foundation (NSF), Postdoctoral Fellow, UCB & UCLA 1967-1969.
Japan Karate Association (JKA), First Westerner to receive Instructor's degree, Thesis: Physics of Karate Techniques 1968.
UCSD Honorary Researcher: Music Department 1972-1974.
National Research Council (NRC), Senior Research Assoc, NPS & NOSC 1985-1986 & 1989.
U.S. Senior Executive Service (SES) 1988; Selected as JTC3A/DCA Asst Director (I declined).
Mensa 2008-2013

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