I like to spend my time working on and thinking about innovations in mobile and internet products.
My background is in Computer Science, and my general interests lie in Machine Learning, Computer Vision/Image Processing, high-frequency/low-latency Distributed Systems, Data Science, Applied Statistics, functional programming (especially Haskell). Keywords like computer and machine vision, data science, high performance computing, learning systems, scalability and mobile systems pique my interest.
I like autonomously delivering products from concept to launch. I have successfully tackled challenges in academia, industry and independent research. I have been in technology roles for over 8 years in a variety of industries, including wireless systems, chipsets, healthcare, biometrics and security, and government & civic technology.
As an early technical member at EyeVerify, I'm helping commercialize a software-only, biometric method for verifying the identity of mobile users called 'Eyeprints', which is based on the unique vein patterns in the whites of your eyes, and has fingerprint-level accuracy. EyeVerify is the exclusive provider of EyePrint Verification®, a highly accurate biometric for mobile devices. Eyeprint Verification delivers a password-free mobile experience and secure authentication at a glance.
I also do a limited amount of consulting in the areas of my interests.
I live and work in Kansas City. Previously I've lived and worked in California and New York. I'm fairly involved in the community in the region.
I went to the University of Missouri-Kansas City where I studied Computer Science, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I got a lot out of college. I am currently a graduate student studying Computer Vision and Image processing in the context of biometrics, and the applications of gossip-like algorithms in Distributed Systems.
I like discussions around computation and all it's aspects, and more specifically around ideas and applications of biometrics, computer vision, image processing, data mining, distributed computing, interesting algorithms, pervasive & ubiquitous computing, wireless/digital health and specific areas of software engineering. I also like to talk about entrepreneurship (startups, business ideas, leadership, business plan execution) and broader ideas around helping humanity use technology for good, and about entrepreneurship and startups in the Kansas City region and the greater Silicon Prairie region.
Please feel free to get in touch - I'm always looking to meet interesting people and helping out when I can. Please note that I am hesitant to sign Non-Disclosure agreements in most contexts - I find that a gentleman's NDA is usually sufficient for early discussions.
My Chinese Teacher at The Confucius Institute at The University of Kansas gave me a Chinese name: 段力德 (Duàn LìDé).
I'm married to Jessica. We met in college.