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Justin Ziniel

ENGINEER × THINKER × HUMAN

 
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Justin, taken in Colorado

Hi!  I'm Justin, a Staff Software Engineer in IBM's Watson Group.  Watson is the supercomputer that understands human language, and beat top-ranked human challengers in the popular TV game show, Jeopardy!.  My job is to design algorithms that improve Watson's ability to understand and answer questions.  To do this, I draw on skills like machine learning, natural language processing, statistics, information retrieval, and computer science.  But really, my job is about finding ways to solve complex and often ill-defined problems.  Software is the medium I use to do that, but I like to think that the problem solving skills I use are no different than the skills used by artists, inventors, and other creative professionals.

For as long as I can remember, I've had an intense (colossal?) curiosity about how things (tangible and intangible) work.  I find it incredibly satisfying to be able to grasp the "magic" behind cell phones, airplanes, movie special effects, suspension bridges, you name it.  This quirk probably goes a long way towards explaining why I have a PhD in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University, and why I almost wrecked my girlfriend's car by being preoccupied with a blinking light on a traffic light control box.

This site is mostly just a place for me to project the various thoughts swirling around in my head.  I'm not sure what brought you here, but I hope you find it worthwhile!


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Thoughts I've Had*

*that I've written down for you to read