Michael T. Hyson Curriculum Vitae
 Hyson Bio



Michael T. Hyson

P.O. Box 1645
Pahoa, Hawai'i 96778


Born July 5, 1948, Rockford, Illinois

Knowledge -

dolphins, space habitation, robotics, computer vision, binocular vision, occulomotor system, neural models, visual perception, animal behavior, ethnobotany, psychoneuroimmunology

Education -

Ph.D. Biology University of Miami Jan. 1976
M.S. Biology University of Miami June 1973
B.S. , Biology University of Miami June 1970

Honors And Awards -

National Research Service Award [California Institute of Technology] -1977-1980
Maytag Fellow in Biology - 1973-1975
National Science Foundation Traineeship in Biology - 1971-1972
Bausch & Lomb Science Award 1966
First Prize Illinois Science Fair 1961

Memberships -

Sirius Institute [a founder]
World Dolphin Foundation [a founder]
The Lunar Society [a founder]
Citizen's Advisory Council on National Space Policy
Friends of the Red Road [Board Member]
Association for Research in Vision and Optometry
Optical Society of America
Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
American Society of Photogrammetry
L-5 Society
Lighter-than Air Society
Los Angeles Mycological Society
Center for Shamanic Studies

Military Service -

USNR (Honorable Discharge) 1970 June-December

General -

Ten hours of weightless flight; reading knowledge of German.
Have traveled in continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Bahamas, Belize and Mexico. I play classical guitar, hike, sail, and scuba dive, and have fought in armor with broadswords

Summary -

I am interested in diverse topics from space to dolphins. My emphasis has been on understanding the brain and how it works; developing models of its operation; understanding other species, and starting space migration

I have experience in several fields:

Biology -

Neurosciences, visual perception, stereoscopic vision, neural net models, eye safety, development of UV and blue- blocking sunglasses, EEG and evoked response studies, SQUID neuromagnetometry, sound analysis, sonagrams, dolphin studies and interspecies communication, ecology and environmental studies, ecological systems modeling, ethology, nutrition, life extension, immunology, affinity chromatography, embryology, microbiology, mycology, bacteriology, hematology, and X-ray, algology,

Have explored:

Alaska, Florida Everglades, reefs in Florida, Belize, Hawaii.
Studied: mice, snakes, crows, falcons, kestrels, prairie falcons, and various hawk and owls, racoons, foxes, a margay, kinkajous, squirrels, praying mantises, caves, bats, and sonar, dolphins, sharks and fish, skindiving, marine biology.

Aerospace -

Ten hours of weightless flight; rocket engine development; engine test stand construction; lunar logistics models; Zero-G operations; containerless processing, electrostatic levitation; production of uniform microspheres; teleoperation; test stand development; space transport costing and logistics; public space policy reports; a founder of the Lunar Society; speaker to L-5 and Cal Tech and UCSB space Club; advocate of private space industry and settlement.

Remote Sensing -

Aerial photography, photoanalysis, ecological survey, image analysis by computer; stereo mapping, transects etc.

Computers, Robotics, AI -

Image processing, robot vision, computer graphics, servo control; have designed waldos, walking machines, automated mowers, man-machine interfaces, head-aimed televisions; electrostatic levitation using an Apple II; servo control for a robot arm; emulators for electrostatic controls; programs measuring droplets; stereogram display and plotting programs; a computer retinal model, speech analysis & synthesis; designed a telephone modem network; for studies of evoked brain potentials, and a multi-company accounting system.


Experienced with Macintosh, Apple II, IBM PC's, IBM 370, IBM 1130, IBM 7040; Univac 1106, Univac 1108; PDP 11/20, 11/45, Vax 11 (with Unix)


Super Card, Hyper Card, Pascal, Modula-2, Forth, C, Fortran, Basic and in Assemblers: Apple 6502 ; PDP 11/20 and PDP11/45.

Entertainment -

Consultant to WED on EPCOT space colony display. Technical review of Star Treck II & III Scripts, developed 3 story outlines for Trek IV. Numerous lectures on space to Adventurers' Club and other conferences. Combat improvisations, skits, costume and crowd control at Rennaisance Faire, broadsword fighting; knowledge of sword, armour, history.


Hyson, M. T., Dolphin Restoration Experiments, Sirius Institute, 1996

Hyson, M. T., et al., Red Road Status Report, Friends of the Red Road, 1995

Hyson, M. T., Dolphin/People Interaction Systems, Sirius Institute, 1994

Hyson, M. T., Dolphin Telephone Call, Sirius Institute, 1993

Hyson, M. T. The Song Swimmer Musical Communication Interface and Dolphin Music - Presented at the 3rd International Dolphin and Whale Conference, Kona Surf Hotel, Wk of Feb. 14, 1992.

Hyson, M. T., Joy Stanley, Charles Lucy Voice of the Dolphin Newletters

Joy Stanley and M. T. Hyson - Sirius Institute Proposals

Hyson, M. T., SARV - LTA Blimp/Airplane design, for George Huthsteiner, Los Angeles

Hyson, M. T. , Dyslexia and the Cerebellum for Stillman Dyslexia Center, Tarzana, CA

Hyson, M. T. Eye Reflectance Study for Spectra Physics and Till Liepman

Hyson, M. T., Hy Tech Window - Newsletter

Hudson, G. C., and Hyson, M. T., (1988) A Single Stage to Orbit Vertical Take-Off and Vertical Landing (SSTO-VTOVL) Space Transport for Lunar Settlement and Resupply, In: Symposium on Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21rtst Century April; 5-7 1988, Lunar & Planetary Institute 3301 NASA Rd. 1, Houston Texas.

Hyson, M. T. and Grote, J. R., (1988) Grasping Robotics, Baen Books, New York (in prep.)

Rhim, W. K., Hyson, M. T. et al. (1987) Containerless Polymeric Microsphere Production for Biomedical Applications, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 87:225-230.

Rhim, W. K., Chung, S. K., Hyson, M. T., Elleman, D. D. (1987) Charged Drop Levitators and Their Applications, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 87:103-112.

Hyson, M. T., Trimpi, A. et al. (1987) A Feasibility Study for an Automated Autonomous Lawn Maintainance Vehicle, Hy Tech, Glendale Ca. [for Yamaha Motors Corp.]

Fender, D. H. and Hyson, M. T. (1987) A Proposal for Automated Walking Battlefield Robots,
Hy Tech (submitted to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)

Pournelle, J. E., Ransom, J. et al. (M.T. Hyson Associate Editor) (1986) America - A Spacefaring Nation?, A Report to the President of the Citizen's Advisory Council on National Space Policy, L-5 Society Press, Tucson, Arizona.

Rhim, W. K., Chung, S. K., Hyson, M. T., Elleman, D.D. (1986) Large Charged Drop Levitation Against Gravity, Conf. Rec. IEEE Industry Applications Soc. Annual Meeting.

Rhim, W. K., Collender M., Hyson, M. T., Simms, W.T. and Elleman, D. D., (1985) Development of an Electrostatic Positioner for Space Material Processing, Rev. Sci. Instruments 56:306-317.

Hyson, M. T., Julesz, B. and Fender, D. H. (1985) Eye Movements and Neural Remapping During Binocular Fusion, In: Adaptive Processes in Visual and Occulomotor Systems (E. L. Keller and D. S. Sea, Ed's) Pergammon Press, New York.

Hyson, M. T. and Jaffe, L. D., (1984) Teleoperation, Robotics and Man - an Overview, In:Teleoperator Maneuvering Technology Requirements and Assessment for Proximity Operations (P. A. Penzo and S. J. Boulton, Ed.s) Jet Propulsion Laboratory Report No. D-1419, June, 1984.

Hyson, M. T., (1983) Assured Survival, Invited paper in: Space and Assured Survival, J. E. Pournelle (Chairman) A Report to the President of the Citizen's Advisory Council on National Space Policy, Sep. 28, 1983.

Hyson, M. T. (1983) An Automated "Smart" Shock Absorber, Hy Tech, Glendale, Ca. [for Yamaha Motors Corp.]

Hyson, M. T., Julesz, B. and Fender, D. H. (1983) Eye Movements and Neural Remapping During Fusion of Misaligned Random Dot Stereograms, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 73:1665-1673.

Hyson, M. T. (1982) Report on the State of Robotics, Hy Tech, Glendale, Ca. [for Yamaha Motors Corp.]

Hyson, M. T. (1982), A Study of Motorcycle Conspicuity Using Ethological Principles,
Hy Tech, Glendale, Ca. [for Yamaha Motors Corp.]

Hyson, M. T. (Editor) (1981) The Caltech Space Settlement Conference, proceedings of a conference held July 1978 at California Institute of Technology, published by Hy Tech, Glendale, Ca.

Hyson. M. T., (1979) Sunlight Reflections from Solar Power Satellites or Solares Mirrors Should Not Harm the Eyes, In: Proc. of AIAA Conference 'Remember the Future' (Stan Kent, Ed.) held July 20-21 1979, San Francisco.

Hyson, M. T. (1976) A Model of the Visual System for Tree Species Recognition, Dissertation, U. of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

Shipley, T. and Hyson, M. T. (1977) Amplitude Decrements in Brain Potentials in Man Evoked by Repetetive Auditory, Visual and Intersensory Stimulation, Sensory Processes 1:338-353

Hyson, M. T. (1973) The Perception of Random Dot Stereograms, Thesis, U. of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.


Harmonic Color Code Systems (Sound -to- Vision Mapping Systems) [1992] Myron Blazak, Michael T. Hyson, Charles Lucy

Process for the Mass Production of Polymeric Microspheres by Drop Spraying, Freezing, Gamma Irradiation and Slow Thawing (1986) W. K. Rhim, M. T. Hyson, S. K. Chung, M. Colvin and M. Chang, Case No. 17023 (U. S. Patent in Progress)

Containerless Synthesis of Polymeric Microspheres (1984) A. Rembaum, W. K. Rhim, M. T. Hyson and M. Chang, JPL Case No. 16551.


Current Positions:

Research Director, Sirius Institute

Consultant to Napo Ho'a 'Aina
Member, Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy
Board Member - Friends of the Red Road
President, Hy Tech Hawai'I
Topic Leader: BIX, Sciences/Hysons.corner
Mailing List: hyson-list@zz.com

May to September 1989 - Associate Editor, Brain/Mind Bulletin

March 1988 to March 1989

Research Director
Pacific American Launch Systems
115 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Developed logistics and cost models for settlement of the moon using the Phoenix SSTO vehicle. Developed and implemented ablator molding techniques for the Liberty 1-A engine. Performed general information gathering in many areas. Represented the company through presentations at conferences. Prepared for engine test and hot firings at Edwards AFB.

President , Hy Tech
1155 N Verdugo Rd. Suite C
Glendale, CA
[August 1980 to present]

Consultant to:

J. E. Pournelle and Associates, Studio City, CA [space policy, computers]
PanaWorld, Irvine, CA, [technology developments]
Suntiger Biomedical Optics, N. Hollywood, CA, [vision safety and perception]
Black Bear Electronics, Sylmar, CA [laser printer survey]
Lama Engineering, Pasadena, CA [brain wave analysis]
I-Kron, Santa Barbara, CA [water desalinization]
Yamaha Motors Corp. [robotic and motorcycle safety]
Venture Technology [Sunglass technology and various topics]

Internal Hy Tech Projects:

The Hy Tech Window - A Newsletter
Psychoneuroimmunology and sound
Immunomodulation by plants

Design Engineer at JPL September 1980 to August 1987
Hy Tech contract to Jet Propulsion Labs:

Microspheres : Developed containerless uniform microsphere production for affinity chromatography

Electrostatic levitation : helped develop a contactless positioning system. Work included programming the electrostatic servo systems; electrostatic field and force models; design and construction of KC-135 flight hardware for weightless testing; specification and purchase of computer hardware; image analysis software for analysis of drop shape; and research on various topics.

We demonstrated levitation in the vertical axis in one-G of a 0.1 gram ball 1.0 cm in diameter using a CCD camera to detect the ball position and an Apple computer to control plate voltages through a D/A. We have developed a servo using a tetrahedral array of electrodes. It has successfully levitated a density 3 sample in zero-G conditions. We have also levitated liquid water drops and water/air compound drops.

Weightless Flight : I have flown ~1000 weightless parabolas in the KC135 to test the positioning system in zero-G. This amounts to 10 hours of weightlessness.

Teleoperators : Worked on a study of free flying teleoperators for use from the Shuttle and from a Space Station. I have been reviewing teleoperator history and the state of vision, touch and other sensors and manipulation techniques for use in the Teleoperator Manuvering System (TMS). I am especially interested in telpresence and head-aimed displays.

Neuromagnetometry : Developed proposals for a multi-sensor SQUID to detect brain waves, Performed test measurements of EEG and evoked responses using a SQUID neuromagnetometer.

Hy Tech Consultations:

Eye Safety Consultant to Suntiger Biomedical Optics and Venture Technology
to design a new form of sunglass filter that protects the eye from UV and blue light while maximizing transmitted useful light. (Patent applied for);

Motorcycle Safety/ Robotics Consultant toYamaha Motors Corporation on motorcycle conspicuity, and robotics and robot vision, automated vehicles and other topics; G.C.H. Astronautics on computer aided design and manufacture, robotics, and rocket guidance and control.

Consultant June 1980-March 1988

Robotics : Consultant to G. C. H., Sunnyvale, Ca. Developed servo software and shaft encoder software and helped to design a small robot arm controlled by the Apple computer. If produced, it would sell for some $4000-6000 less computer and lift up to 10 kg.

Nuclear Reactor Walkers : We also developed proposals for a walking teleoperator with arms, legs and a head aimed television display for Combustion Engineering, DOE, NSF, and EPRI. for nuclear reactor safety.

NASA Fellow June-August 1980
University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California

Robotics/ Space Settlement: I was one of 20 participants in a NASA summer study to explore the feasibility of robotics and automation in space. I worked on concepts of remote sensing, extraterrestrial material use, self reproducing machines, teleoperation and life support in a space station.

Research Associate June 1977-June 1980
Bioinformation Systems, 286-80 Caltech, Pasadena, California 91125
(with Derek Fender)

Vision Research: Responsible for research projects on eye movements during binocular vision and reading. Measured the tolerence of the brain to vergence error in the fusion of random dot stereograms; measured motion detectionthresholds during stabilized vision.

Consultant June 1976-June 1977
Kent Watkins and Associates, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami, Florida.

Modem Systems: Prepared specifications and ordered communications equipment to connect several minicomputer systems via phone as part of a HUD demonstration program to improve public housing authority accounting procedures.

Data Analyst Feb.-Mar. 1976
Biostatistics: Dr. Frank Briese, Biostatistics Dept., U. of Miami, Miami, Fl.

Processed Florida Visitor's Health Care Study data using SPSS Statistical Package.

Research Assistant 1973-1976
Dr. Howard J. Teas, Mangrove Research Lab., Dept. of Biology,
U. of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida 33124

Image Analysis, Neural Modelling, Ecological Survey: Developed image processing software for the analysis of texture patterns for the classification of vegetation in aerial photos. Experience in aerial photography and interpretation, ecological survey, developed a camera mount that allowed 35mm stereo photography from a Cessna 172 aircraft.

Research Assistant 1973-1975
Dr. Thorne Shipley
Intersensory Lab., Mailman Center for Child Development, Miami, Florida

Evoked Response Studies: Studied averaged evoked brain potentials in response to light, sound, and touch. Aided in development of "burst" stimulus techniques, data analysis, equipment design and maintenance, experiment design and execution for testing infant sensory functions.

Programmer June-Dec. 1973
William Forsyth, Jr., Automated Services Co., Miami, Florida

Developed multi-company accounting software in Fortran on IBM 1130

Sientific Liason and Consultant 1971-1974
Dr. H. M. Truby
World Dolphin Foundation and Language and Linguistics
Research Lab. 7050 Sunset Drive, So. Miami, Fl.

Dolphin Research: A founder of the World Dolphin Foundation. Sonagram analysis, phonetic transcription, frequency filtration of humans and dolphins, observed and worked with dolphins and interspecies communication.

Research Assistant 1970-1973
Dr. Thorne Shipley, Perception Laboratory, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida.

Vision Research: Measured the width of Mach Bands, analyzed stereo acuity data, developed computer programs to generate random dot stereograms, measured stereo detection latencies as a function of target areas and degree of rivalry.

Bacteriological Technician Summer 1969
Veterans Administration Hospital, Miami, Florida

Cultured and identified bacterial species as part of a training program.

Medical Technician Summer 1968
Veterans Administration Hospital, Miami, Florida

Experience with histological sectioning and staining, urinalysis, CBC's and blood drawing, and radiology including angiography, pneumoencephalograms and chest, back and skull X-rays.

Research Assistant 1967-1968
Dr. David Van Vleck, Dept. of Biology, U. of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Ethology and Population Studies: Worked on electromyography of rat uterus to determine how IUD's work. Studied the social behavior of two species of rodents sharing the same range with stop-action video tapes.

NSF Trainee Summer 1965
NSF Summer Science Training Program in Arctic Biology,
U. of Alaska, College, Alaska

Arctic Biology: Travelled through much of Alaska, as far as the Arctic Circle. Studied behavioral and physiological adaptations of animals and plants to arctic conditions. Measured the primary productivity of Smith Lake with Dr. John Barsdate.

NSF Trainee Summer 1964
NSF Summer Science Training Program in Marine Biology,
Cape Haze Marine Lab., Sarasota, Florida

Marine Biology: Studied physiology and behavior of marine organisms, operant conditioning for study of sensory capabilities of sharks, with Drs. Eugenie Clark and Harold Humm. Made a time-lapse film of the embryological development of a hermaphroditic fish, Serranus subligaris.

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