Current focus: development of key technologies for software1,2 and hardware3-defined collectives of digital nomads, traveling and being able to stay anywhere on Earth and beyond, but particularly, nearby the points of creation like factories and research labs to engage in co-creating new technologies, products and services useful to society, through commercialization of stocks in real world and the virtual gamified worlds.
Role: Coming up with a principle of combining different open source apps to achieve desired result, and providing a prototype for the solution. Guiding technological strategy.
Role: Organizing development of a software that features supply chain risk minimization through automatic alternative supplier discovery, electronic communication process automation to source from suppliers, and risk modeling based on real-time data covering global trade, emergency services, global news, and others, to comprehensively cover supply chain risk mitigation. My contribution was mainly bootstrapping the development team, introducing technologies and development processes, supporting sales with data science, and guiding the hiring process for the technology teams (data processing and software development teams).
Role: Forming vision, and developing of the concept of a financial think-tank (wefindx.com), which emerged as a result of an idea I had in 2005. I designed the theory of content types and business logic to use them to solve a broad spectrum of problems. Then, I learned the best practices in reliable web services engineering, such as TDD, Gitflow, CI, error and resource tracking, containerization. I guided the project ideologically, did code reviews, and implemented a number of features, such as the logic to combine payments with claimed time records and proofs of work results to derive shares, dynamic front-end graphs, and many others. I wrote most of the copywriting and contributed significantly to our partnership development. I have also actively worked on our team building and support for WeFindX members.
Role: Managing a research project to discover principles to reduce the cost of a click or an acquisition while controlling for budget spending and the total number of clicks/acquisitions. This resulted in at least three working strategies for the startup.
StudyMaze Project - Developer / Visionary
Topic: Mathematics applications to biology
Research assistant/teaching assistant (with Daisuke Kihara in Lifescience, and with Victor Raskin in Linguistics) at Purdue University, US. Assisted in teaching an anatomy class with practical assignments, like dissecting frogs.
Role: BI software developer. Integrated data from web shops to BI system OpenERP via XML-RPC. Wrote modules for accounting with PostgreSQL and business reports.
Motivation: Wishing to use Python for creating a friendly AI, I found Sandas useful in learning to write proprietary modules for OpenERP (business resource planning software) in Python, including banking data integrations, web-shop data integration, accounting and analytic routines, custom forms, reports, ORM models, and more.
Topic: Japanese language studies.
Content: reading, writing, listening, speaking classes with focus on exploring student interests. Several texts written then:
(1) Writing "An Important Thing To Me" Class
https://jp.mindey.com/taisetsu - Describing the project to create a "Wikipedia of Know-How".
(2) Writing Autobiography Class
https://jp.mindey.com/jibunshi - Describing the story of my journey up to the point in Japan.
Unoh Inc: (PHP Developer Intern) Contributed to developing a photo sharing social network, photozou.jp, with a team of 5 people using tools like Vim, GPG, SVN, and LAMP with a separation of production/development environments. I was accepted after I passed a challenge task to create a basic BBS in PHP over single evening. I especially appreciate getting taught Vim there.
Santoku: learned the Japanese language used, when serving customers in Japan.
Note: The first 2 years were shared with CS students, so, it was a mixed degree of CS and Mathematics. Mathematics majors then differentiated into probability and differential equations directions, and I chose to focus on the probability direction. I've also taken Japanese classes, participated and won in the first Japanese language speech contest in Lithuania (speech text here).
Thesis: Applications of Kernel Methods in Classification Tasks in Coronary Artery Stenosis Prognosis. ECG signal feature extraction using modified PCA (principal component analysis) based on HSIC (Hilbert-Schmidt Independence Criterion), and building a classifier.
Term Paper (with A. Bikelis). Random variable decomposition into infinitely divisible and non-divisible components. (paper, includes a proof of infinite divisiblity of a family of probability distributions into an indivisible and an infinitely divisible component.)
Motivation: understanding change, in order to understand the origins of the Universe.
Role: Setup, maintenance and administration of the end-user Internet hardware and software. The work included LAN administration, with common tasks of repairing computers and operating systems as needed. Mostly, learned: Linux, MediaWiki, Windows Active Directory administration.
1998 — 2001
I've got interested in Japanese language, because many great hardware products were "Made in Japan" and cultural aspects, of which I've learned reading a book "A branch of sakura" (1971) by Vsevolod Ovchinnikov, which made me like the culture.
I've started going to Vilnius University after my school in order to learn Japanese in Orientalistikos centras, and on other days I would go to chemistry or astronomy club.
The school in Lithuania at the time was K-12 kind, and we learned many standard topics. A few extracurricular activities included my obsession with experimenting with astronomy, physics, chemistry and biology.
I had been to and won (at least in one of) Olympiads, also, went to chemistry club, had accumulated large number of reagents at home, had participated in excursions to Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, as part of activities organized by the Chemistry Faculty of the Vilnius University, did some lab research at home, etc. I could provide more details if curious.
1983 — now
Hobbies and pastimes: I have been an active participant in the Everything List (Usenet) (community exploring the idea that all possible universes exist), SL4 (community on handling the emergence of ultra-powerful technologies), LessWrong (refining the art of rationality), as well as HalfBakery (thinking of radically unusual, fun innovations). I also love sports such as windsurfing.