A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Predrag V. Neskovic

Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Neural Systems

I received my B.Sc. in theoretical physics from Belgrade University and a Ph.D. in physics from Brown University. I was a post-doc and then a faculty at the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems. I moved to Washington, DC in 2008 where I currently work in the Federal Government as a program manager covering the area of Mathematical Data Science.

Brown Affiliations

  • Brain and Neural Systems

Education and training

  • PhD. Brown University 1999
  • MS. Brown University 1992
  • BS. Belgrade University 1990

Awards and honors

  • Brown University Research Seed Fund Award
  • Brown University Brain Science Program's Pilot Research Award

Scholarly work

  • P. Neskovic, I. Sherman, L. Wu, L. N Cooper. Learning faces with the BIAS model: On the importance of the sizes and locations of fixation regions, Neurocomputing 72(13-15): 2915-2922, 2009.
  • J. Wang, P. Neskovic, and L. N. Cooper. Selecting Data for Fast Support Vector Machine Training. Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 35, pp. 61-84, 2007.
  • J. Wang, P. Neskovic, and L. N. Cooper. Improving Nearest Neighbor Rule with a Simple Adaptive Distance Measure. Pattern Recognition Letters, 28(2), pp. 207-213, 2007.
  • J. Wang, P. Neskovic and L. N. Cooper. Bayes Classification Based on Minimum Bounding Spheres. Neurocomputing, Vol. 70, pp. 801-808, 2007.
  • J. Wang and P. Neskovic and L. N. Cooper. A minimum Sphere Covering Approach to Pattern Classification. ICPR, pp. 433-436, 2006.
  • J. Wang and P. Neskovic and L. N. Cooper. Neighborhood Size Selection in the k-Nearest Neighbor Rule Using Statistical Confidence. Pattern Recognition, 39(3), pp. 417-423, 2006.
  • P. Neskovic, L. Wu and L. N. Cooper. Learning by Integrating Information Within and Across Fixations. Lecture Notes In Computer Science: Artificial Neural Networks - ICANN, Vol. 4132, pp. 488-497, 2006.
  • J. Wang and P. Neskovic and L. N. Cooper. A Probabilistic Model For Cursive Handwriting Recognition Using Spatial Context. ICASSP, 2005.
  • T. Steinherz, E. Rivlin, N. Intrator, and P. Neskovic. An Integration of Online and Pseudo-Online Information for Cursive Word Recognition. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence PAMI, 27(5), pp. 669-684, 2005.
  • P. Neskovic, D. Schuster and L. N Cooper. Biologically inspired recognition system for car detection from real-time video streams. Neural Information Processing: Research and Development, J. C. Rajapakse and L. Wang (eds.), Springer-Verlag, pp. 320-334, 2003.
  • P. Neskovic, P. C. Davis and L. N. Cooper. Interactive Parts Model: an Application to Recognition of On-line Cursive Script. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), pp. 974-980. 2000.

Research overview

  • My research interests are mainly in the fields of statistical pattern recognition, machine learning, and biologically inspired vision.

Funded research

  • "Using advanced mathematical techniques to analyze physiological responses to stimulation of specific acupoints." The Rhode Island Foundation, PI, 2007.
  • "Using physiological measurements and artificial neural networks to monitor and predict cognitive states." Research Seed Fund Award, Brown University, PI (with William Heindel), 2005-2006.
  • "Visual analysis of complex scenes: breaking camouflage and detecting occluded objects using Bayesian inference." Army Research Office (ARO), W911NF-04-1-0357, Co-PI (with Leon Cooper), 2004-2009.
  • "Reducing the cognitive workload while operating in complex sensory environments: constructing a recognition system that utilizes aspects of human perception and cognition." ARO, DAAD19-01-1-0754, Co-PI (with Leon Cooper), 2001-2004.

Source: Brown University


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The Church at Prayer

by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra

Publisher’s note

Many readers of the addresses of Elder Aimilianos, which have been published in the five-volume series, rchimandrite Aimilianos, Spiritual Instructions and Discourses (Ormylia, 1998-2003), have frequently expressed the wish for an abridged and more accessible form of his teaching. In response, we are happy to inaugurate a new series of publications incorporating key texts from the above-mentioned collection. Other considerations have also contributed o this new project, such as the selection of specific texts which address important, contemporary questions; the need for a smaller, more reader-friendly publication format; and the necessity for editing certain passages in need of clarification, without however altering their basic meaning.

Above all, the works collected in this volume reflect the importance which the Elder consistently attached to prayer, spirituality, community life, worship, and liturgy. Thus the experientially based works "On Prayer", and "The Prayer of the Holy Mountain", which deal primarily with the Prayer of the Heart, appear first, followed by the summary addresses on "The Divine Liturgy", and "Our Church Attendance". These are in turn followed by the more socially oriented discourses on "Our Relations with Our Neighbor", and "Marriage: The Great Sacrament". Finally, the present volume closes with the sermons on "Spiritual Reading" and "The Spiritual Life", which in a simple and yet compelling manner set forth the conditions for "ascending to heaven on the wings of the Spirit".

It is our hope that The Church at Prayer will meet the purpose for which it is issued and will serve as a ready aid and support for those who desire God and eternal life in Him.