About me - Paul Ivanov - Павел Иванов¶
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
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 (at work, most people in the office call me “pi”).
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.