nick tung (gatoatigrado)

software developer


What I'm up to ...

Working at Yelp, bouldering (on v5's now), taking care of Oliver, volunteering, occasionally reading, working on vimap, sometimes socializing (I know, what?!?).

Skills & stuff ...

I'm a software developer at Yelp. I worked on the search-infrastructure team integrating ElasticSearch into our production environment (I probably shouldn't say much more publicly), and am now working more on the quality side, on a team aiming to curate Yelp's datasets. I released a small open-source fork-based parallelism library vimap, which was developed partly at Yelp.

I have decent scripting, design, and communication skills. I am usually capable of both hacking and writing production-grade code. Most of my experience is with mid-layer server software, but I am generally competent in Linux environments and have written a bit of frontend code (d3/Angular + REST — it's surprisingly nice) for internal sites.

I have a lot of interest in research, but haven't produced anything groundbreaking yet. Possibly related, I'm somewhat transitioning from programming languages work I did in my undergraduate years (as a research assistant), to machine learning (I'm particularly interested in neural nets and NLP). Here's my cv, but it doesn't usually get updated that often.

Also, I'm sorry to disappoint, but I'm not currently [as of Mar 2014] available for hire.

Past interests ...

I was a student at UC Berkeley, under the supervision of Ras Bodik. I worked on tools to facilitate development of GPU programs, using SKETCH and Haskell EDSLs. A while before that, I independently built a CUDA video coder using GA-tuned lifting wavelets. (More details on my CV).

Digital footprint ...

Here's my digital footprint, if you want to do some stalking (just don't be creepy): g+ page (personal); blog (tech notes / links); stackoverflow (programming q&a site); github (code samples, etc.); bitbucket (code samples, etc.).

Things you probably didn't know ...

I prefer gender-neutral pronouns and language (ze/zir is vogue nowadays, they/their/them is fine too).

Things I support ...

Lyon-Martin, the ACLU, Democracy Now, Amnesty International, Breast Cancer Action, the Ada initiative, Planned Parenthood. Things I no longer financially contribute to / fully support: the HRC with its hetero-assimilationism.

Contact info ...

email: [gatoatigrado at gmail]; cell: 443-267-8864