I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. I received my B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, where my research focused on mobile development ecosystems.
After receiving my B.S., I worked as one of the earliest engineers at Ketra, where I developed control and networking infrastructure for a next-generation dynamic LED lighting system.
I am now broadly interested in data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. My research focuses primarily on machine learning and applications of it within the crowdsourcing and information retrieval spaces. I am particularly interested in learning under sparse data or across multiple tasks, as well as the related problem of transferring learned information to new domains. A more recent interest of mine lies at the intersection between artificial intelligence and public policy.
For fun, I enjoy hiking and camping. As a high school student, I wanted to be an author, and one year, as a New Year's resolution, I forced myself to start; I currently publish creative writing under various pseudonyms.
I am always interested in job opportunities, consulting work, discussion related to my interests, and collaboration opportunities.
Feel free to contact me at tmcdonnell [at] utexas [dot] edu