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I am a technology architect and senior software developer at the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego. I am currently involved in several projects that involve acquiring, processing, and displaying high-density low-latency time-series data in near-real-time onto the world wide web through use of the Antelope Realtime system, Python and jQuery (with a little help from Twisted and Django). When possible, I also tinker with RoR.

I organize the Webheads discussion group at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Every month a talk on a current or emerging software, system or web-based technology is presented by a group member or invited outside speaker. We have recently had talks on jQuery, Django, Plone, YUI and MVC frameworks. Upcoming talks are scheduled on Backbone.js and Node.js.

For three years I was an Associate Editor for manuscripts published in the popular column Electronic Seismologist supplement for Seismic Research Letters and Computers and Geoscience.

In my spare time I love to hang out with my beautiful wife and daughter, build maps, surf, study Go, tinker with Ubuntu, ride my mountain bike and play competitive football (a.k.a. soccer to my US-centric friends) with my club.

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Antelope Realtime Systems and the Internet

In concert with several other developers, I am working on porting the X-windows based Antelope Real Time Software suite to a web-based platform using Python, PHP, Perl and JSON. Lots of Antelope documentation I have written can be found in the 'How-tos' section of this website.

Websites Powered by the Antelope Python and PHP Interfaces

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Peer-reviewed Publications

Conference Presentations

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  • Newman, R.L., Lindquist, K.G., Hansen, T.S., Vernon, F.L., Eakins, J. and Foley, S., 2004, Web-based Data Mining to Systematically Determine Data Quality From the EarthScope USArray Seismic Observatory Project, Fall 2004 AGU Meeting.
  • Kilb, D., Bowen, J., Eakins, J., Lindquist, K.G., Martynov, V., Newman, R.L., Otero, J., Prieto, G., Vernon, F.L., Ziegler, L., 2004, Generation of 3D interactive visualization tools pertaining to significant earthquakes in southern California & noteworthy global earthquakes, SCEC Meeting.
  • Nayak, A.M., Vernon, F.L., Kent, G., Orcutt, J., Kilb, D., Newman, R.L., Smarr, L., DeFanti, T., Leigh, J., Renambot, L. and Johnson, A., 2004, High resolution visualization of USArray data on a 50 megapixel display using OptIPuter technologies, Fall 2004 AGU Meeting.
  • Eakins, J., Vernon, F.L., Martynov, V., Newman, R.L. and Foley, S., 2004, USArray Array Network Facility (ANF): Metadata, Network and Data Monitoring, and Quality Assurance During the First Year of Operations, Fall 2004 AGU Meeting.


  • Nayak A.M., Kilb D., Newman R., Kent G., Vernon F.L. and Orcutt J., 2004, The Potential Role of the Optiputer in the Earthscope Project, Seimological Society of America.
  • Newman, R.L., Kilb, D., Nayak, A.M. and Kent, G., 2003, The Role of Research Institutions in Building Visual Content for the Geowall, Fall 2003 AGU Meeting.
  • Nayak, A. M., Lindquist, K., Kilb, D., Newman, R., Vernon, F. L., Leigh, J., Johnson, A. and Renambot, L., 2003, Using 3D Glyph Visualization to Explore Real-time Seismic Data on Immersive and High-resolution Display Systems, Fall 2003 AGU Meeting.
  • Lindquist, K.G., Newman, R.L., Nayak, A.M., Vernon, F.L., Nelson, C., Hansen, T.S. and Yuen-Wong, R, 2003, Dynamic Web Expression for Near-real-time Sensor Networks, Fall 2003 AGU Meeting.