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Dylan Alexander Simon



New York University, Department of Psychology
New York, NY Ph.D., September 2012
Model-based reinforcement learning in humans, Cognitive Neuroscience, Nathaniel Daw advisor
Data modeling and fitting Machine learning Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Teaching assistant for undergraduate and doctoral behavioral statistics

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA B.S., 2003
Bachelor's with Honor: Engineering and Applied Science, Concentration in Computer Science GPA: 3.8
Operating systems and compiler design Neural and learning systems

Bellarmine College Preparatory
San Jose, CA 1999

Work Experience

Databrary, NYU
New York, NY Systems Architect/Technical Lead, 2012-
Designed, built, and oversaw continuing development of secure, academic video library

Rainfinity, EMC
Pasadena, CA; New York, NY Senior Software Engineer, 2003-2013
Worked in 3-person team responsible for developing and enhancing NFS virtualization product
Managed and updated product and development platform, architecture, and tools
Interacted with other teams and support on maintaining entire product and diagnosing customer issues
Applied and expanded knowledge of Linux kernel, NAS, network routing, and various other technologies

Kidspace Children's Museum
Pasadena, CA Operations Volunteer, 2004-2006
Work with museum staff and guests on art and educational activities and exhibits (8 hours per week)

Undergraduate Computer Science Lab
Caltech Systems Administrator, 2000-2003
Administration of a student-run heterogeneous network of 40 UNIX machines

Caltech Sub-millimeter Observatory
Pasadena, CA Programmer, 2000-2001
Network layer between hardware drivers and client interface for telescope control

TechGnosis, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA Contractor for Lava 2140, 2000
Scripts and network interface for mobile-based web services

ASCIT Web Services
Caltech Web Engineer, 2000-2003
Student services web site design and implementation; system and database administration

Concurrent Systems
Seattle, WA Contractor, 1999
View-markup application integration for web-based document retrieval, editing, and submission

Infinity, SunGard
Mountain View, CA Configuration Management Engineer, 1998
Production, distribution, and configuration automation; development tools maintenance

Mac Pro Systems & Software
Campbell, CA Technician, 1997
Software and hardware installation, service, testing, support, and shipping

TACIT and Bellarmine Productions
Theater Technical Director, 1993-2001
Cast and crew technical direction; set, lighting, and sound design, construction, and equipment operation

Sacred Heart Community Service
San Jose, CA Volunteer Newsletter Editor, 1995-1997
Editing and layout for monthly newsletter of about 1000 circulation

Publications & Presentations

Environmental statistics and the trade-off between model-based and TD learning in humans.

Dylan A Simon, Nathaniel D Daw. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 24, 127-135. 2011

Neural correlates of forward planning in a spatial decision task in humans.

Dylan A Simon, Nathaniel D Daw. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(14) 5526-5539. 2011

The ubiquity of model-based reinforcement learning.

Bradley B Doll, Dylan A Simon, Nathaniel D Daw. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 2012

Dual-system learning models and drugs of abuse.

Dylan A Simon, Nathaniel D Daw. In Computational Neuroscience of Drug Addiction, ch. 5, Springer. 2012

Disambiguating form and lexical frequency effects in MEG responses using homonyms.

Dylan A Simon, Gwyneth Lewis, Alec Marantz. Language and Cognitive Processes, 27(2) 275-287. 2012

The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Portland, OR August 14, 2010
Neural correlates of decision evaluation by forward planning, Dynamic Decision Making symposium

Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Conference
Boston, MA November 18, 2009
Model-based learning and planning in a spatial navigation task, talk and poster

Skills & Projects


C, Haskell, *sh, Scala, JavaScript, R, perl, SQL, OCaml, Java, C++, Matlab/octave, python, scheme, x86/x86_64
extensive knowledge of GNU/Linux, git, PostgreSQL, video, FreeBSD, NFS, TCP/IP, HTTP, HTML5

Open Source:

Patches accepted to linux kernel, glibc, gcc, ghc, and many other projects
Authored and maintain various projects (see github/dylex, dylex.net/src)
Android port of busybox and rsync (in CyanogenMod and others)

November 28, 2015