Jacob F. Valdez

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Hello! Iโ€™m a machine learning engineer ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ, roboticist ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿญ, and entreprenuer ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ at my startup, Limboid LLC, where I work to develop artificial general intelligence (๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ+๐Ÿง ) and affordable humanoid robots (๐Ÿค–โˆ’๐Ÿ’ฒ). During the day, I work as a software engineer ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป at Motio Inc. I just graduated ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ‰ from the University of Texas at Arlington with my bachelorโ€™s degree in computer science. I ๐Ÿ’™ open source work, artificial intelligence, and robotics. When Iโ€™m not interacting with artificial agents, youโ€™ll find me working with real people. I hope that includes you ๐Ÿ“ซ more โ€บโ€บ

Education

  • 2020 - 2022
    BSCS
    The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
    • Studied CS with focus on ML
    • Networked with professors, PhD's, and ML industry figures
    • Also learned to operate CNC's and shop equiptment at the FabLab
    • GPA: 3.6/4.0
  • 2014 - 2018
    AAS in Mathematics
    Navarro College, Waxahachie, TX
    • 85 hours completed
    • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
    • GPA: 3.9/4.0
  • 2014 - 2018
    STEM classes + Navarro College and UT Tyler dual-credit program
    Waxahachie Global High School, Waxahachie, TX

Experience

  • 2019 - Present
    Founder, Engineering, Marketing, Sales, ...
    Limboid LLC
    • Developing artificial general intelligence ๐Ÿง  and humanoid robots ๐Ÿค–!
    • Extremely multidisciplinary role covering cloud and web dev, ML, mechatronics, robotics, PCB design & fab, supply-chain & logistics, accounting, marketing, and the typical entrepreneur stuff
    • We're almost ready for production!
  • 2022 - Present
    Software Engineer
    Motio Inc
  • 2021 - 2022
    Student Research Assistant
    IT Lab, UTA
    • Collaborated with research group to evolve and test a flask-based statistical visualization tool CoWiz (renamed as Dash)
    • Developed full stack web server MLN-Dashboard using Next-React-GraphQL-Strapi stack
  • 2021 - 2022
    Student Research Assistant
    UTA College of Social Work, Arlington TX
    • Maintained and enhanced multi-platform (iOS and Android) data collecting application MyAmble and web admin dashboard
    • Stack: javascript, firebase, flutter (mobile), and vue (admin dash)
  • 2016 - 2020
    Crew Trainer
    McDonald's, Midlothian TX
    • Led safety committee and addressed employees during 30-minute monthly safety meetings
    • Trained employees on-the-job and formally
    • In addition to 4 years of formal education, actively used Spanish on-the-job

Projects

  • Tensor<code>Code</code>
    TensorCode ย โ˜ย  SE + ML = Programming 2.0
    April 2022 โ€“ Present ย  ๐Ÿšง Limboid/tensorcode
    • will provides simple abstractions and functions for encoding and decoding arbitrary python objects
    • will support differentiable programming (including differentiable control flow)
    • will introduce intelligent object creation / selection / other runtime code generation features
  • AI Proverbs
    AI Proverbs ย โ˜ย  The treasure trove of AI ponderances. Pictures and text by AI.
    June 2022 JacobFV/ai-proverbs
    • Proof of concept of the creative potential of ML models
    • Stack: GPT-3, Jekyll, render.com
  • node-tree ย โ˜ย  module for generating synthetic demonstration-description pairs using psuedo context-free grammar
    Spring 2022 โ€“ Present ย  ๐Ÿšง Limboid/node-tree
  • MPNets ย โ˜ย  Multi-Paradigm Networks.
    January 2022 โ€“ Present ย  ๐Ÿšง Limboid/mpnets
    • Unifying framework for multitasking ร— multimodal ร— { supervised, self-supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement } = multi-paradigm learning
  • MLN-Dashboard
    MLN-Dashboard ย โ˜ย  Modular server for data visualization
    October 2021 โ€“ May 2022 JacobFV/mln-dashboard
    • Initial architect for server until research assistant role ended
    • Stack: typescript, react, next.js, GraphQL, Prisma, and later Strapi
    • Presented on design and development in May 2022
  • The Multi-Agent Network (aka: the MAN) ย โ˜ย  A modular developer-oriented framework for integrating pretrained and learning agents
    October 2021 โ€“ Present ย  ๐Ÿšง Limboid/man
    • A modular developer-oriented framework for integrating pretrained and learning agents
  • ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŒพ The Fertile Cresent ย โ˜ย  Ecosysten of projects, repositories, and libraries to promote the advancement of artificial intelligence
    October 2021 โ€“ Present ย  ๐Ÿšง Limboid/the-fertile-crescent
    • Computatrum: an AI agent that interacts with a computer using standard peripherals (keyboard, mouse, display, etc.) Limboid/computatrum
    • The Multi-Agent Network (MAN): a modular developer-oriented framework for integrating pretrained and learning agents Limboid/man
    • TensorCode: Python library for intelligent run-time code analysis and code-gen using deep learning Limboid/tensorcode Limboid/deep-tree
    • Unsupervised: keras look-alike for modular unsupervised deep learning Limboid/unsupervised
    • node-tree: generative design library for synthesizing animations, web content, and task-labeled environment interactions Limboid/node-tree
    • and many more repoโ€™s
  • Broadening and Building Beyond Classical Reinforcement Learning
    Broadening and Building Beyond Classical Reinforcement Learning ย โ˜ย  Affective psychology + multi-agent reinforcement learning
    September 2021
    • Presented at the 2021 Broaden and Build Conference
  • <code>jnumpy</code>
    jnumpy ย โ˜ย  Another autograd / deep learning / RL library
    September 2021 โ€“ November 2021 JacobFV/jnumpy
    • My go-to solution when professors ask you to not use a third-party autograd framework
    • Later extended to include connect-4 reinforcement learning support
    • Developers can purchase jnumpy-themed apparel here
  • Summer Break 2021! (album)
    Summer Break 2021! (album) ย โ˜ย  A collection of various songs capturing various emotions I experienced during the 2021 summer break
    August 2021
    • My first musical ๐ŸŽถ expidition
    • Origonally for personal pleasure, but later posted for others to enjoy
    • Available on SoundCloud
  • <code>Dash</code>
    Dash ย โ˜ย  Covid19 Analysis Visualization Dashboard
    June 2021 โ€“ October 2021 banditsbeware/dash
    • Web developer on covid19 data visualization dashboard project
    • Stack: Python, pandas, flask
  • 20Q
    20Q ย โ˜ย  20 Questions Android App
    June 2021 โ€“ August 2021 JacobFV/20Questions
    • Android app developer in a 4-person group
    • Stack: Java, Kotlin, SQLite, Android
  • multigraph-nn ย โ˜ย  Dynamic time multi-graph neural network framework
    May 2021 JacobFV/multigraph-nn
    • One graph isnโ€™t enough; multigraph neural networks are the way to go!
    • Enables end-to-end differentiable, dynamic graph construction, node-centric multihead attention, and many other powerful features
    • Developed library on top of tensorflow and keras
  • This site!
    This site! ย โ˜ย  Personal portfolio website.
    May 2021 โ€“ Present JacobFV/jacobfv.github.io
  • Stanford Open Datathon Group Project
    Stanford Open Datathon Group Project ย โ˜ย  Data scientist in a 5-student international group
    April 2021 jennarsimon/sodp-team114
    • Team research project analyzing misinformation related to coronavirus vaccination hesitancy and sentiment and semantics of the COVID19 pandemic
    • We literally worked around the clock for the weekend of the Datathon
  • jplotlib ย โ˜ย  Quick plotting utilities for jupyter notebooks
    March 2021 JacobFV/jplotlib
    • pip install jplotlib
    • A useful library, until I discovered plt.subplots
  • tf-som ย โ˜ย  Self-organizing maps in tensorflow
    March 2021 โ€“ May 2021 JacobFV/tf-som
    • developed variant of the popular unsupervised learning algorithm SOM
    • available on pypi: pip install tf-som
  • Predictive General Intelligence
    Predictive General Intelligence ย โ˜ย  Theoretical framework an plan for developing artificial general intelligence
    March 2021
  • DesparadosAEye
    DesparadosAEye ย โ˜ย  Project manager, general app developer, and ML engineer for a 5-person group developing open-ended Android chatbot
    January 2021 โ€“ May 2021 kmosoti/DesparadosAEYE
  • multi-graph-former ย โ˜ย  Like a transformer, but for graph2graph instead of seq2seq
    September 2020 โ€“ May 2021 JacobFV/multi-graph-former
    • Sequences are just a special class of graphs. The multi-graph-former can process any kind of graph.
    • Supports intra- and inter-graph attention, vert updates, and edge updates with dynamic structure
    • Implemented gated-update mechanism for both vertices and edges with einsum-based operations
    • Example applies multi-graph-former to building a graph-structured hidden state for a recurrent neural network that encodes a sequence of words
  • Home Internet Factory
    Home Internet Factory ย โ˜ย  CNC router + 3D printer + Raspberry Pi 4 + camera + Internet
    April 2020 โ€“ May 2020 https://github.com/JacobFV/factory-server
    • Internet connected prototyping machine hub
    • Raspberry Pi 4 served as gateway to tabletop CNC router, 3D printer, two cameras, and 3.3V logic I/O auxiliary interfaces
    • Published article IndustrialAutomation@home describing journey to develop and operate home internet factory
  • Workplace Surveillance System
    Workplace Surveillance System ย โ˜ย  When you need to catch employees on their phone, this will do the trick!
    July 2019 JacobFV/Workplace-Surveillance-System
    • Employee phone detection computer vision system
    • Stack: web 1.0, tensorflow.js, mobilenet
    • Live demonstration to employer succeeded identifying employees on their phone, but employer didnโ€™t end up purchasing a subscription
  • Computatrum ย โ˜ย  It's time for AI grow up
    February 2019 โ€“ Present ย  ๐Ÿšง Limboid/computatrum
    • Active project to develop teachable yet autonomous open-ended computer interaction agents
  • SQTEST
    SQTEST ย โ˜ย  Flexible Spanish โ€“ English translation system
    October 2016 โ€“ November 2016 JacobFV/SQT-English-to-Spanish-Translator
    • Rule-based past and present tense English and Spanish translator
    • Programmed in C# with Visual Studio
    • Formalized many more aspects of English โ€“ Spanish translation
  • <code>Labatron</code>
    Labatron ย โ˜ย  Automated stochiometry solver for CHEM 1411/12
    October 2016 โ€“ May 2017 JacobFV/Labatron
    • Automated stochiometry solver for CHEM 1411/12
    • Programmed in C# with Visual Studio
  • Sale
    Sale ย โ˜ย  Basic Spanish โ€“ English translation system
    October 2015 โ€“ November 2015 JacobFV/Sale
    • Basic Spanish โ€“ English translation system
    • Programmed in C# with Visual Studio
    • Implements formal language parsing and production system
  • Cookie Cutter CNC
    Cookie Cutter CNC ย โ˜ย  Full stack engineering project
    March 2015 โ€“ May 2015 JacobFV/CookieControl
    • 36โ€ร—36โ€ sheet metal cutter with server and Arduino client control systems
    • Designed and developed C# .svg parser, toolpath scheduler, and optimizer, Arduino controller with serial protocol and electronics, and CNC machine with electrodischarge machining head.
    • Presented on project in May 2015 and June 2016
    • Development journey published here
  • Copyright Calculator
    Copyright Calculator ย โ˜ย  Scripted conversation bot to help students stay safe
    September 2014 JacobFV/Copyright-Calculator
    • Helps students avoid plagiarism
    • Hybrid Google site and Web 1.0 app written in text editor!
  • Cookie Baker 3D Printer
    Cookie Baker 3D Printer ย โ˜ย  Programmable 12ร—12 2D gantry
    March 2013 โ€“ May 2013
    • Learned mechanical engineering basics
    • Intended to make a 3D printer, but extruder never added
    • Re-attempted project in October 2014 with design modifications

Achievements

Certifications

  • Feb 2022
    AWS Certified Machine Learning Engineer โ€“ Specialty
  • April 2021
    Google TensorFlow Developer Certification
  • Oct 2020
    DeepLearning.AI TensorFlow Developer
  • Sept 2020
    Deep Learning Specialization by DeepLearning.AI
  • Mar 2019
    AWS Certified Developer โ€“ Associate
  • Mar 2019
    AWS Certified SysOps Administrator โ€“ Associate
  • Mar 2019
    AWS Certified Solutions Architect โ€“ Associate

Long-Term Goals

  • Develop artificial superintelligence
    • Write 25% of the Fertile Crescent
    • Develop and open-source a minimally-viable demonstration of artificial general intelligence, the Computatrum
    • Use this AGI to finish programming the Fertile Crescent and iterate on its own design
  • Mass-produce affordable, intelligent humanoid robots
    • Use the Computatrum to refine my design for the Limboid robot
    • Use Limboids and the Computatrum to iteratively design, build, test; bootstrap production by hand
    • Selectively offer on-demand humanoid-robots-as-a-service on the basis of its humanitarian, social, and economic impact

Other Interests

  • Hobbies: Catching up on ML trends, learning about the natural world, open-source work, biking, eating oatmeal