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Amittai F. Aviram

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

amittai dot aviram at gmail dot com

I am a senior software engineer with Medtronic PLC's Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (MITG), working at their Boston office on a new surgical robotic system. Before coming to Medtronic MITG, I worked at MathWorks, Inc, makers of MATLAB, Simulink, and Stateflow.

I finished my second PhD, in Computer Science at Yale University, in December 2012. In my studies, I specialized in systems and contributed to research on deterministic parallel computing under Professor Bryan Ford. Before Yale, I studied computer science at Columbia University's School of General Studies. And before that, until 2004, I was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina.

The Prose section has links to a couple of CS-related items, including my B++ tree implementations in C and in C++ and my Huffman Code Implementation in C++. In addition, there are links to several of my academic essays on poetry and philosophy, which represent my main intellectual project while a literature professor: to define the difference between fiction and nonfiction (with poetry as a kind of fiction) and the consequences of that distinction to education and society. A poem is never a message, hidden or otherwise, but a game of imitating messages. Indeed, no work of art is ever a message, though it may well play games with the stuff of messages. The life of the poet or artist has nothing to do with our appreciation of his or her works. Inquiring into the creator's life leads us away from a genuinely artistic experience and thus violates the creator's intention. An artist's biography may be useful only as an inspiring story of achievement.

Also posted are many of my poems. Although I have had poems published in conventional print and online venues, my enthusiasm for the "poetry business" is less than fervent. I am grateful for the technology that makes it possible to post poems for anybody who might enjoy them. Giving pleasure is what poetry and the other arts are all about.