A little about me
Most people call me "T.O." I am currently a Computer Science PhD candidate at Northwestern University, though by definition a cognitive scientist would be the best label. Oh, I also do web development.
Places I have studied
M.S. & PhD Computer Science
B.S. Computer Science, B.A. Mathematics, Philosophy Minor
Mechanical Engineering Program
My current work and interests
My main research interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence and philosophy. My life consists of challenging our societal norms while building machines that can learn and unserstand them.
How do we know it'd be strange to whisper to your teammate during a basketball game? What about bumping your favorite Jay-Z song at a funeral? Most take this ability to recognize exceptable and prohibited behaviors for granted. However, this capability is actually quite fascinating and extremely difficult to model. I am currently working on providing machines with this ability to learn and reason about norms.
I find it intriguing that a child knows that it is the spoon in her hand that the parent is referencing when yelling, "put that down!". Even more cool is that the little one will likely hesitate the next time they think about using a spoon. I am currently in the midst of creating methods of learning via such dialogue as well as from stories.
I believe superintelligent machines will one day live peacefully amongst humans. Thus, I am currently exploring ways of formally modeling ethics, in hopes to represent a flexible "moral code" to be used by intelligent systems.
As an AI researcher, I spend many sleepless nights pondering the nature of the mind, consciousness, and in what way these concepts would change if we were to successfuly build conscious machines. At the moment, I am playing with modeling the strange concepts of knowledge, belief, desire, etc. in formal logics.
My professional background
Design, setup, and develop fully functional and responsive websites for clients. Develop both WordPress and custom sites.
Developed a course recommender system using various methods of natural language processing. Developed machine learning classifiers to intelligently gather textual data.
Performed HTML5 validation, maintained staging sites, improved functionality of websites in C# and Python Django, involved in website setup and planning.
Starting All-Region point guard at Kirkwood CC. Transferred to UNI and unfortunately, due to reocurring injuries, had to step away from the game after one year.
A few of my creations
An interface for easier calculation of similarity scores between drug and compound names
The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act ‘rightly’ because we are ‘excellent’, in fact we achieve ‘excellence’ by acting ‘rightly’.