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Jacob Beal

Jacob Beal is a researcher working on engineered self-organization:  the science of obtaining predictable aggregate behavior from collections of unreliable devices with local and non-linear interactions.  His focus in this area is on problems of system integration for human-level intelligence and on problems of modelling and control for spatially-distributed networks like sensor networks, robotic swarms, and cells during morphogenesis.  Dr. Beal, who has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, is completing a postdoctoral position at MIT and beginning as a Scientist at BBN Technologies in Fall, 2008.