Hello! I'm Matthew Cornell, and I've worn a few hats over the last few years (the dirty details are on my LinkedIn page.) I love writing software, and have over 20 years of experience writing object-oriented AI programs in university and government research labs, including intelligent tutoring systems, interfaces for NASA hardware control prototypes, and graphical Shuttle payload management systems.
Currently I am a research fellow in the Knowledge Discovery Laboratory at the Computer Science department at the UMass Amherst, where I do a variety of tasks supporting the lab's research. I write in whatever language/environment is best for the job, currently Python and Java EE, with projects that include pairing with students on their machine learning research, building RESTful interfaces to research code, and writing useful little utilities as needed. In the past I programmed a comprehensive machine learning system comprised of a from-scratch database, an advanced graphical query language, and complex desktop Swing UIs.
I am also the creator of Think, Try, Learn: A scientific method for discovering happiness. It's a personal philosophy based on treating life as an experiment. You can read more here, or try my experimental site edison, the TTL Experimenter's Journal. I've also had a small chapter published in the Wiley book Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level (Amazon link here). I'm not actively developing TTL, but I'd love to start it up again if the right opportunity appeared; living life as an experiment has deeply helped me personally and professionally.
Finally, I write occasionally on my blog, The Experiment-Driven Life, which has a lot of different content, including popular posts from my productivity consulting days. Surprisingly, it still gets hundreds of hits a day. I haven't had time lately to keep it up, though, but you may like browsing the alphabetical list of my 400+ posts.
If you get excited about anything you see here, please feel free to contact me. If the last few years are any indication, things in life definitely don't go as expected, so who knows what could happen?
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Experimenting!