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Welcome to my home page! I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and I am employed at the University of Alberta as an Information Technology Planning and Forecasting Officer in the area of the Vice-Provost (Information Technology) within the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). Previously I worked as a Lead Research Systems Analyst in the Department of Computing Science within the Systems Support Group. Here's how to find me.
For more information about the projects I am currently engaged in within the Provost's area, please visit the website of the Vice-Provost (Information Technology).
Within the Department of Computing Science, I provided web support for the department and helped coordinate the activities of our research groups with respect to the overall support in our department. Here is a brief FAQ about some of the things I did.
I have two outdated WWW tutorials on-line: a beginner tutorial on how to create a WWW home page, and an advanced tutorial on WWW features.
I graduated in 1975 from Ross Sheppard Composite High School. In 1979 I received a B.Sc. (Honors) in Computing Science from the University of Alberta and commenced employment in the Department of Computing Science. In 1990 I received my M.Sc. in Computing Science, also from the University of Alberta. My thesis was in the area of computer graphics and dealt with human figure animation. It involved making an articulated figure perform elementary ballroom dance patterns by applying dynamics to generate motion. I proposed and implemented a motion control model that performed interpolations along quaternion curves.
I also built the endgame databases for the checkers playing program Chinook which, in 1994, became the first computer program to officially win a world championship in a non-trivial game of skill. This fact is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records. So, how about a game of checkers?
For those interested, here is a list of my publications.
In my spare time, I enjoy ballroom dancing. I have been a member of the University of Alberta Dance Club since 1981 during which I served as president from 1983-86. I was also on the Board of Directors for four years with the Vinok Folk Dance Ensemble and served as president for two years with the Edmonton International Folk Dancers.
I'm an avid golfer and I play at the Highlands Golf Club. Although it is a frustrating game, my handicap is usually between 4 and 6. I am also on the organizing committee for the University Golf Tournament.
Finally, I enjoyed playing the NTN trivia game found in many bars and sports lounges throughout the city. I was the "general manager" of a team who were the Canadian champions and previously the 2nd best team in North America. The team gradually dissolved and I retired from the game about three years ago.
From time to time I also work on my family geneal history. So far I have trees for my Antoniuk (maternal), Coote (paternal), Lake (paternal), Michajluk (maternal) (ps), (pdf), and Yurechuk (maternal) ancestries.
Here is some further information about me, some web links I find interesting, my on-going photo album and a live camera picture of the view looking out my former office window.
If you have read this far then please take a moment to sign or view my guestbook.
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