Alex has been building interactive systems since first connecting the joystick port of an Apple ][+ to a piezoelectric sensor in 1985.
Video production, digital art, and multimedia programming in late ’90s grew into web application development and physical computing: custom linux-based embedded hardware/software systems, mobile applications, public installations, and realtime analytics.
Alex joined UCLA’s REMAP Named Data Networking research team in 2011, concurrent with completing a BA in Computing in 2012 – ‘Scalable Information Systems’ (CS, HCI, Information Visualization, and Statistics) at DePaul.
At UCLA, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Future Internet Architecture initiative, we wrote applications to test a safer, faster, more open and efficient Internet (details). While at UCLA he also contributed to civic computing projects like Cybermural, Transmedia 2012, Ambient Informatics, LASHP Trails, OpenPTrack, and more. See some publications from this time.
In 2015 he returned to Chicago and DePaul; completing a Masters in Data Science while supporting ShopperTrak/Tyco/JCI‘s mobile analytics platform, architecture (microservices), and POCs for cloud and edge machine learning and computer vision.
In 2019 he joined Tempus, helping design and build a big data platform for reproducible research to enhance collaboration for oncological research (RNA, DNA, clinical).
He is now at AWS Professional Services Public Sector Federal AI/ML helping government and nonprofits with their ML use cases & workflows.
In Chicago, he regularly attends Chicago’s ACM and other tech meetups.
Alex enjoys sailing, cycling, hiking, snowboarding, tennis.