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me! Update 1/29/07: I graduated! Unlike Mike, Santa did bring me a thesis for Christmas. See my publications page for the full text.

4/13/11: Google bought ITA and I now work on creating the best flight search engine in the world. You can find me on Google+.

12/1/08: I'm now a research scientist at ITA Software by Google.

Hi! I'm a Computer Science PhD candidate (n=∞) at MIT. I'm a member of the CSAIL Lab and often can be found in my office, 32-G496. As a grad student, I take classes, talk to my advisor, go to group meetings and do research.

I'm married to a wonderful lady named Helen Rennie. She is an amazing chef. She teaches Boston area cooking classes, likes creating new and exciting recipes, reviewing restaurants, and blogging about food (especially fish). I enjoy wine and am obsessed with trying to make the perfect loaf of French bread :-)

I'm a computer geek and hence spend a lot of time at a terminal. I often LaTeX my homework and occasionally code things that other people find useful. I've written ifile, an intelligent mail filter, and a perl WordNet module. I write Matlab and Python code for my research.

I have a lot of hobbies. Check out my weather station. I enjoy sports and have tried a lot of them. I enjoy friendly competition. My current favorite sport is disc golf. It's a lot like (ball) golf, except that the distances shorter (e.g. 300 feet), you throw a disc and the "hole" is a raised basket. It's also easier to learn and much less expensive. Courses can be found across the country.

I'm also a sports fan (go Red Sox!) and have recently applied machine learning techniques to the problem of ranking sports teams, especially college teams where the game graph is very sparse---teams play relatively few games outside their conference. Take a look at my college football and basketball rankings.

As I've ventured deeper into academia, I've learned to become more organized (at least with respect to computer-related information). As a result, I maintain quite a few information pages, partially for my own reference. See stuff I maintain for run-down.

Check out my colleague Christopher's python games, especially Obb and Mortimer.

My friend Diana runs the Plein-Air art school in Boston.

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