About

Mew on Austin(last updated March 2019)

Static Information:

Name:  Austin Grant Walters
Expertise: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Full-Stack Engineering
Preferred Programming Languages: Python, Ruby, Golang, C, C++
Frameworks: Rails, Tensorflow, Keras, OpenCV, Qt, Flask, Django, TensorFlow, Keras, PostgreSQL

Positions:

  • Founder, Metacortex Inc (2016 – Present)
  • Senior Software Engineer, Capital One (2015 – Present)
  • Gigster, Freelance Software Engineer (2015 – 2016)
  • Software Engineer, Caterpillar (2014 – 2015)
  • ITDP, Capital One (Summer 2014)
  • IT Network Admin / Clerk at AdventEdge Healthcare Solutions (2007-2012)

Websites:

Projects:

  • Metacortex Inc. – Automatically generate a searchable knowledge graph from conversation(s)
  • ProjectPiglet – Identify, monitor, and explore how insiders and/or experts feel about given stories and topics
  • Easy-A.net – Grade distributions and predictions for university students
  • ThinkSuite (website) – Real-time mental health tracking, and neurofeedback system
  • Everyday Algorithms – (In Development) – An introductory book on algorithms, providing examples with algorithms we see in everyday life
  • Selenium Factory – Won my team the Capital One intern competition

Patents (Full List, highlights below):

Education:

  • Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign, 2013 – 2015
  • Joliet Junior College, Honors Certificate, no degree, 2010 – 2013

Education – Awards, Recognitions, Positions:

Volunteer Activities:

  •  St. John’s Lutheran Church Confirmation Leader (2009 – 2012), taught the churches confirmation program to the “hard group” of kids (12 – 15 yrs old)
  • Mission Trip 2010 – New Hampshire – Volunteer – with St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • Mission Trip 2011 – West Virginia – Youth Leader – with St. John’s Lutheran Church

Goals:

When I first wrote my goals section, I was working in IT at AHS in 2010. I wanted to graduate, start a company, and move to California. Now I am married, graduated, a father and am starting my first company. My goals are the same as they have always been, to push the limits of what I am capable of, and more generally what is possible. I am striving for the success of my startup Synaptitude and Metacortex Inc.

Ideals:

I hold to ideals – First and foremost I believe that everyone is capable of being a god. In the sense, we can alter any of our surroundings, know anything, expand, and grow infinitely. In the end, I hope to make the world as I believe it should be – better. I hold that I have no right to impede another human being and no one has a right to impede me, within reason. I aspire to be the best I can and attempt to only deal with others who believe as I do. I work hard for everything I own and I intend to keep all I can. I am against taxes and welfare, I am against anything which forces me to help others that I do not wish to help. I am is an Objectivist of sorts. I never wish my freedom to be taken from me and am willing to fight for it. I believe in reason, logic, and that greed runs the world, we all want what’s best for us. In that sense, greed is good. I believe as humans we should always try to improve and push ourselves and others to achieve our potential.

Hobbies:

My hobbies include taking care, trading, and researching reptiles and my naked cat Mew and Java; playing the saxophone and guitar; producing new content for my websites; researching new technologies and companies; learning more about computing and basking in the pleasure of this technology-based age.

Knowledge:

It’s notoriously difficult to quantify one’s knowledge, try my knowledge tab, which I created after contemplating how to quantify my knowledge. Some insight you cannot glean from my knowledge tab…

Programming Languages: Python, Ruby, C, C++, Golang, Java, Javascript, Coffeescript, PHP, NetLogo, R
Areas of Focus: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Neuroscience, Systems Programming, Web Development

I have a series of projects you can view on the main menu right below my name.