Previously, I was code monkey at the Brain Imaging Center at UC Berkeley, working on IPython and also teaching at UC Berkeley Python bootcamps. Before that, I was a grad student (PhD ABD) in the Vision Science program at UC Berkeley. and a member of Bruno Olshausen‘s lab at the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. I graduated in Fall 2005 from UC Davis with a degree in Computer Science.
You can read more about my scientific interests on the Research page.
I was born and raised in Moscow, moved to the US with my family at age 10, and have lived all around... the SF Bay Area ever since (Tiburon, Novato, Redwood City, Mountain View, Davis, Berkeley, and Albany, in that order).
Though my legal american first name is Paul, it is actually just the english version of my legal russian first name Павел, which is romanized as Pavel and pronounced PAH-vel. Some of my college friends know me as Pavel, because my livejournal username was pavelthegeek and I introduced myself as Pavel and spoke with a faked thick russian accent when we met. It also made it easier to disambiguate me from my english namesakes. Additionally, those familiar with Russian often forgo the formal Павел in favor of the diminutive Паша (Pasha, pronounced PAH-sha) and its variants.
My last name, Ivanov, is pronounced ee-va-NOFF, with stress/emphasis on the last syllable. It’s a common mistake for english speakers to pronounce Iv- as the english words ‘eye’ or ‘ivy’, instead of the more appropriate ‘eve’. Remembering that ‘EyE’ is spelled with an E, you can catch yourself from making the mistake. This applies equally well to the russian name Иван (Ivan, as in The Terrible, or Denisovich, or Drago, etc), which actually sounds almost like Yvonne.
I don’t have a middle name, so my initials are just pi, which makes my preferred uid the same as the mathematical constant. I usually sign letters and postcards with π (the Greek symbol) ) so it’s fair game to call me that, too.
But as I’ve said hundreds of times before: I don’t care what you call me, just as long as you call. ;)
As a first pass, here’s just the goodreads widget of books I’ve recently read, though I’ve only recently started using the site a few months ago. Click the book to read my review/rating.