Brian "@bgawalt" Gawalt

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I'm a software engineer with Google, working on their index metrics team. I'm sufficiently new that I don't have a permanent project exactly, but in general the team looks at how their indices of different internet resources (web pages, apps, GMail archives, etc.) are helping the quality of search results.

Previously, I was a data scientist at Upwork, working on matching and ranking for their online labor marketplace. Before that, I was a data scientist at Quantifind trying to mine social media comments in a way that could predict the health of a product's marketing campaign. I got my Ph.D. at the U.C. Berkeley EECS department in 2012, working with Laurent El Ghaoui as part of the StatNews research group. Before that, I got my B.S. in electrical engineering in 2005 from the University of Virginia, where I concentrated on statistical signal processing with a computer science minor.

For fun, I like to ski and rock climb. Occasionally, I'll spend a Saturdays playing my bass guitar with friends. I keep a lot of policy and economics blogs in my RSS reader, plus a lot of comics. My favorite movies tend to be noir-ish: Chinatown, Miller's Crossing, Brick. I really like the Kevin Bacon game.

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