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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