@robertjnealStaff Software Engineer at Credit Karma
I currently have three important pieces of work that I'm focusing on not including research projects and speaking engagements. I'm continually interested in new projects and opportunities.
One thing keeping me busy is my work as a staff software engineer at Credit Karma where I'm working on developing an experimentation platform that supports large numbers of experiments running concurrently while preserving methodological rigor. There are a lot of interesting problems involved in the design of the system. See Google's white paper for some background. Some of the more interesting questions are around frequentist vs Bayesian approaches, when there is enough information to make an optimization decision, and how to balance an n-armed bandit approach with risk aversion.
In addition to this I work with Qualia on behavioral science design problems. These tend to be user experience and service design problems where the organization is interested in evoking particular attitudes and behavior in their customers. I focus on research, experimentation and applied cognitive science. Much of my work had been in applied dual system theory and gamification for political campaigns, non-profits and service experience projects.
Finally I'm also working through a graduate program at the University of Edinburgh where I've so far focused on philosophy of cognitive science and experimental philosophy methodology.
2013 Facebook Studio Nominee
Project: Congressman Ed Pastor 2012 Re-election Campaign
Role: Gamification and Behavior Change Strategist
AMA 2010 Spectrum Award
Silver Summit International Award
Project: Red Bull Stratos
Role: Information Architect/UX Designer
2009 Bronze Addy
Mi6 Silver (Outstanding Overall Marketing Campaign)
Mi6 Bronze (Most Effective Viral Marketing/Promotion)
Project: Ubisoft Just Dance for Wii
Role: User Experience Designer