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Jacob Beal
Senior Scientist
Raytheon BBN Technologies
10 Moulton Street
Cambridge, MA, USA 02138

I am also a Research Affiliate of University of Iowa Electrical and Computer Engineering.
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Primary E-mail: jakebeal@ieee.org
Corporate E-mail: jake.beal@raytheon.com - Unreliable
Raytheon's email handling is in flux, so I cannot depend on this address.

Phone: (617) 873-7676
CV (last updated January, 2021)
This page last updated on May 31st, 2021. This page is mirrored at GitHub and BBN
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My blog, Jake Beal's Next Step, is where I post general thinking about my research, plus updates regarding publications and talks.

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About Me

I am a Senior Scientist at BBN Technologies. I am also a research affiliate of the University of Iowa. Previously, I was also a research affiliate of MIT, where I did my graduate and postdoctoral work.

The uniting theme of my research is "engineered self-organization," which is the production of predictable aggregate behavior from locally interacting elements. At present, my investigations are mainly in the domains of synthetic biology (the predictive engineering of desired behaviors in living cells), and aggregate and spatial computing (the description and control of systems of many weakly connected computing devices, and an extension of amorphous computing). Previous research subjects have included work on human-like intelligence and various learning and reasoning systems.

At BBN, I am a member of the Distributed Systems group in the Intelligent Software & Systems business unit. At the University of Iowa, I collaborate with members of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

I don't plan to post any significant amount of my non-professional life on this web page.


Publications most likely to be of interest are marked with a star. This is a fairly complete list, including early and obsolete work.

Tutorials and Survey Talks

General Interest

Synthetic Biology

Aggregate Computing

Note: many of the aggregate computing / spatial computing talks break to demonstration in Proto partway through, using a sequence of examples. This collection of demonstration code may be used to execute the examples.

Other Talks

Note: this section is extremely out of date. The reader is advised that most spatial computing talks also involve a live demo that is usually at least indicated in the slides.

Professional Service Activities

Note: this section is usually years out of date.
In addition, I am serving / have recently served on numerous program committees, and as a reviewer for a number of journals and granting agencies.  Details are in my CV.

Supervised Theses:

Rants & Ramblings

These are old and written informally, impolitely, and imprecisely, with the arrogance of a young grad student. Don't take them seriously unless they happen to inspire you...

Just for Fun