Okay. I know I'm strange. I'm pretty sure that the strangeness is a direct result of reading way too many books without pictures in my life. I plan to correct that in my next life. Or maybe not. Reading is such an ingrained part of me now that I quite literally cannot imagine not doing it. So... how did I get to the point where I teach people to do things that are flatly impossible? Hmmm... mine was indeed a road with interesting twists and turns. My official "Politically Correct" bio below makes that perfectly clear!
(forgive the 3rd person pretentiousness!)
Maureen Caudill was a University Scholar and received her bachelor’s degree in physics (with a mathematics minor) “with highest honors” (summa cum laude) from University of Connecticut, following that with a master’s degree from Cornell University. She spent more than twenty years as a computer scientist, with fifteen of those as a researcher in artificial intelligence and neural networks. She was a program manager and researcher for a major government contractor on advanced projects such as DARPA (“High Performance Knowledge Base” program) and ARDA (“Advanced Question Answering for Intelligence” program) that strove to develop computer systems that can demonstrate human expertise in complex question understanding and intricate knowledge of detailed real-world scenarios.
Her publication credits are extensive, including nonfiction books:
• Naturally Intelligent Systems, MIT Press;
• In Our Own Image, Oxford University Press;
• Understanding Neural Networks, a 2-volume college-level text with software from MIT Press
• Suddenly Psychic, Hampton Roads Publishing (forthcoming)
She has written a number of nonfiction articles, including two extended series of articles for AI Expert magazine:
• “Neural Network Primer” and
• “Using Neural Networks”
Both of these series were collected and reprinted several times as separate magazines by Miller-Freeman. She has published miscellaneous other articles in publications such as Computer Language and Byte, and several scientific papers.
Ms. Caudill also holds three patents on document and Internet search and retrieval technology:
• “Ontology-based parser for natural language processing” (US Patent # 7,027,974),
• “Method and system of ranking and clustering for document indexing and retrieval” (US Patent # 6,766,316), and
• “Concept-based search and retrieval system” (US Patent # 6,675,159)
She was a key organizer of and edited the conference proceedings for two separate international conferences on neural networks sponsored by the IEEE and the International Neural Network Society (INNS), each attended by more than 1700 attendees from all over the world. She has taught courses on neural networks at University of California, San Diego Extension program as well as offering commercial short courses on the technology. She has been a highly popular international lecturer, lecturing throughout the U.S, Mexico and Japan.
Ms Caudill is also a novelist, with romance novels published from Bantam (Daddy Candidate and Never Say Goodbye), Harlequin (An Inconvenient Affair, as Marissa Hall), Dorchester (Ariel’s Dance), and ImaJinn (Last Hope), the latter two under the name Chloe Hall. Ariel’s Dance, a science-fiction romance was on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list for futuristic/fantasy/paranormal romance for more than six months.
A long-time member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Maureen Caudill gives occasional workshops on writing publishable popular fiction at various RWA chapters and conferences. A two-time Golden Heart finalist (RWA national contest), she now acts as a judge in several national contests for RWA each year.
Since beginning the experiences described in Suddenly Psychic, she has become accredited by The Monroe Institute as a nonresidential Outreach trainer, and now offers several different weekend workshops on learning to access altered states of consciousness and incorporating skills accessed in those states in your daily life. This includes training people in the esoteric skill of spoon-bending—something that she’d have sworn was a physical impossibility, but that now virtually all students succeed at learning.
After more than 20 years in San Diego, she moved to North Carolina where she enjoys the soft Southern nights and warm-hearted, down-home folks of the South.