Al Globus is
Senior Research Associate for Human Factors Research and Technology
San Jose State University at
NASA Ames Research Center.
He was previously visiting research associate at the
Engineering Laboratory in
the chemistry department of the University of California at Santa
Al is co-recipient of the 1997 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for Theoretical Work. He is member of the governing board of education for the Space Colonization Training Center (SCTC), Member of the board of directors of the National Space Society, Chairman of the National Space Society Space Settlement Advocacy Committee, Honorary Foreign Member (Scientist) of the Romanian The Educational Society for Physics, Informatics, Chemistry and Mathematics in Biology, Member of the program committee of the NASA/DoD Evolvable Hardware Conference EH-2005, Member of the program committee for the 2002 and 2004 NASA Ames Research Center RoboSphere Workshops, Member of the program committee for the 2004 NASA/DoD Conference on Evolvable Hardware, Co-chair of the Fifth and Sixth Foresight Conferences on Molecular Nanotechnology, and Chairman of the NAS workshop on computational molecular nanotechnology on March 4–5, 1996.
He developed JavaGenes a program to evolve graphs, molecules, circuits, atomic potential functions, Earth observing satellite schedules, and antennas using genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, stochastic hill climbing, squeaky wheel optimization and related techniques. A version of JavaGenes is available under the NASA Open Source Agreement. Download JavaGenes.
From 1973 to 1977, Al was a self-employed professional musician. He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Information Science from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1979 and joined Informatics Inc./Sterling Software Inc. at NASA Ames Research Center, in 1979.
Listen to Al Globus on The Space Show hosted by Dr. David Livingston.