Jason Rennie's Home Page
12/1/08: I'm now a research scientist at ITA Software by Google. Make sure to check out our low fare search, the engine of which is used by many major airlines and travel distribution sites. As you might expect, Google+ is my social network of choice.
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.