Steve BrahamHi there :). Looks like you've found my (seriously needs updating) personal homepage! A quantum cosmologist by training, I am now Director of the PolyLAB, the Advanced Collaborative Networking Laboratory. We are the Sun Microsystems Technology and Research Excellence Centre for 21st Century Network Computing. This work involves spacecraft communication, wireless networking, ATM networking, distributed computing, intelligent agents, and more. This is a very rewarding job, in which my group gets to explore the future directions of the needs of science communication, but with a focus on critical applications such as space exploration and disaster management. Applications range from allowing mathematicians to communicate to investigating collaboration over space-based networks. Part of that work is with NASA and other space agency scientists and engineers on the needs for communication during robotic and human Lunar and Mars exploration. I am the Vice President of the Mars Institute and the Associate Director and Chief Engineer of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project.
Part of my work is working with the Telematics Research Laboratory on networking computing, from both the software and hardware ends. A lot of this is applied in the work we do together in Disaster Management and communications. We work with everybody ranging from local emergency response groups to the UN.
Another part of my work is understanding the issues of complex scientific communication and computation involving detailed mathematically-rich information. My lab grew out of my work at the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics at SFU, and CECM is a founding member and continuing partner in the lab, along with TRL.
Much of my work is TeleLearning and TeleWorking-oriented. People I like working with range from middle schools, to communities in the Arctic, to many companies and space agencies.
I'm a member of the Canadian Space Agency's Space Exploration Advisory Committee, working to provide input on the future of Canadian Space Exploration Activities. I am a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Mars Institute. An important new resource for Mars exploration in the 21st Century!
Another older but still important area of my work is being a co-founder and President of the North American OpenMath Initiative. I'm lucky to have a great team, who are producing some wonderful implementations and applications of the OpenMath standard for communicating mathematical information.
I have many interests, but they all come down to enjoying life, learning about this amazing universe, and trying to accomplish something I can be proud of with my life. But maybe you'd like to just know how I got this way?
I have a belief in doing whatever I think is useful at the time, and have avoided following the standard path. Thus, you may find what's below to be a little jumbled. However, my life is jumbled, and I hope it always will be. I started off as an engineer and became a scientist. I'm a cosmologist and astrophysicist by training (with a large dose of quantum mechanics), but computers have never been very far away from me or my heart, and teaching has always been a joy. Now I am slowly learning to combine the entire lot, trying to build and do things whilst I study what I can at the same time. I suppose my biggest drive is to help get the Human race out into the rest of the universe. I hope I help that by the work I do on communication and education, and the little bit I do with physics.
I couldn't do what I do without my team. Please go to the PolyMath site to see the amazing things these guys do on a regular basis.
When I wear my mathematical physicist hat, I'm a researcher in quantum gravity, especially quantum black holes, quantum wormholes, A and the nature of time. If you'd like to see a a fun page describing that work, with images and even a movie, click here! In particular, a fun must-see is my old Experimental Math work, with nice images and movies.
Here are a few more files, if you really want to know more about me!
On top of that, you may want to see HyperSpace,
my set of services for the General Relativity community.