Specific METRO Technology Research Elements

Ten, identified, multi-disciplinary areas of research for METRO "System synthesis":

Computer Sciences (as applied from the desktop and cash register-- to supercomputer):

Researching the benefits of (and parsing-from) various solutions like Barcode, Auto-ID, Radio-frequency ID, Search engine "templatics", SOAP, DB2, DSTP, CORBA, Java, JINI, XML, UDDI, SIP, WAP, EDI, EDIINT, RosettaNet, Value-Added Networking, Web Services Description language (WSDL), Neural Network Agents/ Neugents, PGP/MIME, MOSS, Instant Messaging, MS Hailstorm/.Net, Liberty Alliance, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

Very-long-instruction-word, SQL database management, datamining, networking, transport design, object-oriented software development, encryption, middleware, neural networks, parallel processing, fuzzy logic, distributed computing, embedded systems (by ), image/pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and various algorithmic modeling methodologies (now in use in molecular, biological and other sciences). Field-Programmable Gate Arrays and other field-programmable logic.

Including collaborative, collective and probabilistic learning (algorithms and applications) .
Evolution, learning and adaptation; And evolutionary computation.

Clustering and classification of objects and behaviors; Knowledge discovery; Internet protocols; Indexing and Retrieval Methods; Multi-model Data Analysis; Multivariate Data Visualization; Time series Analysis.

Agent Architectures and protocols; Autonomous and multi-agent systems and applications.

Speech processing; Pattern Recognition; Image Processing; Feature extraction methods and applications.
(emphasis on data display to maximize effective perceptual psychology and human cognition-- understanding-- of results by people of average intelligence; Parallel volume rendering of data)

Optimized copilers for modern architectures; Debugging Parallel Programs; Intelligent Disaster Recovery; Matrix-matrix multiplies, based on low-cost graphics hardware; On-line parallel Tomography; Nimrod/O automatic optimization tool; SAGE ( SAIC Adaptive Grid Eulerian hydrocode); Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR); SCALEA overhead analysis of coded regions

Algorithm-design; Chaos/complexity theory; Monte Carlo approach; Navier-Stokes equations; Kalman filtering; Markov processes; Lorenz and Strange Attractors in chaos; Space-Phase period relationships in chaos; Behavior of dynamic systems; Estimation theory and probability.

Quantum and relativistic studies (to establish thresholds of useless chaos for useful algorithm design).

Complex adaptive systems; Environmental and organism behavior theory; Algorithm design.

Organic and non-organic, molecular behavior modeling and simulation.

Human psychology (cognitive and perceptual), neurosciences.

Group dynamics, competition theory, law enforcement; Taxation; Logistics and socio-economic databases;

Economic theory (computational, empiracal, stochastic, equilibrium); Econometrics; Management information; Finance; Industrial marketing; Mapping, simulation and modeling.
Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP)

The full report on METRO includes Laser Radio's analysis of:

Existing, Econometric system tools: Their strengths and weaknesses.

Survey of existing, "Molecular" technologies:

Including Non/Uniform Rational B-Spline Polynomial definitions of METRO econometric objects; And the encoding of object/set behavior(s) and the kalman filtering of random unknowns (of data phases, vectors and amplitudes) etc.

System-on-Chip, CPU logic-core, programmable gate-array and other microprocessor specifications for field-programmable iconization of economic and behavioral data.
Iconization/ Objectification Strategies (particularly re: attribute-oriented induction/ attribute focusing).
Also summarization, object-transport protocols (HTTP, NNTP, etc) and middleware standardization for transport and hierarchial storage.
Digital Signal Processing developments; with the anticipated potential (based on the emerging potential of 64 and 128-bit processing) for the METRO system to perform pattern-recognition of economic objects: Basically recognizing the "surface features" and underlying "hidden content" of the economic object as a heirarchial "multimedia" file.

Cash register (and other "economic interface") industry developments- relative to the developing market for embedded, System-on-Chip, METRO capabilities.
Smartcard utilization by the U.S. Government (Citibank); As a baseline for METRO Test and Evaluation field trials.
METRO system methodologies and timelines to field-deployment of METRO standards. DataMining methodologies (in particular,relating to Association, Clustering and Trend analysis)
Fuzzy logic (in particular relating to Rough sets and Clustering of unknowns)
Real-time Operating Systems
Network and data fault-tolerance and recovery
"Intelligent Agent" strategies for conducting searches
(particularly in regards to Plangent mobility and reflective metaplanning;
Also ontology of expertise, domain model, information source models, query processing, communications language and protocols, Artificial-Intelligence-assisted browsing, user's heuristic phrase-extraction and query-free information retrieval by the system, itself).
Overall Network Design: Relative to satellite, fiber, hybrids; nodes, storage, protocols.
Security: Citing of mirrored-datamine sites, threats to databases, use of cryptography in data transport and threat countermeasures.

Social and political dynamics of METRO: From "selling" METRO as a research program... to establishing and protecting it as a (defacto?) standard... and to its implementation as a deployed technology. For example, METRO meets the need (as defined in April, 1999, by U.S. Treasury Secretary Rubin) for "transparency and disclosure" in the global investor knowledge base-- of economic activity underway in emerging world markets, etc).

Analysis of Governmental/ Agency/Military Involvement:

Especially in regards to the formation of policies, relating to strategies for the international deployment of METRO--vs (USA) tendency for "deregulation" and "market-driven natural selection".

Governmental benefits (Local, state, federal)

Intelligence Agency and Law Enforcement system requirements
Military command utilizations of METRO technology
National Lab involvements and their respective expertises

Other national governments: As Markets and as possible competitors

Select list of identified Researchers and Institutions

Select list of identified corporate research departments

Select list of identified Venture Capital funds and firms

Mission statement for formation of Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with U.S. National Lab.

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