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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

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

Bellarmine College Preparatory
San Jose, CA 1999

Work Experience

Databrary, NYU
New York, NY Systems Architect/Technical Lead, 2012-

Rainfinity, EMC
Pasadena, CA; New York, NY Senior Software Engineer, 2003-2013

Kidspace Children's Museum
Pasadena, CA Operations Volunteer, 2004-2006

Undergraduate Computer Science Lab, Caltech
Pasadena, CA Systems Administrator, 2000-2003

Caltech Sub-millimeter Observatory
Pasadena, CA Programmer, 2000-2001

TechGnosis, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA Contractor for Lava 2140, 2000

ASCIT Web Services
Caltech Web Engineer, 2000-2003

Concurrent Systems
Seattle, WA Contractor, 1999

Infinity, SunGard
Mountain View, CA Configuration Management Engineer, 1998

Mac Pro Systems & Software
Campbell, CA Technician, 1997

TACIT and Bellarmine Productions
Theater Technical Director, 1993-2001

Sacred Heart Community Service
San Jose, CA Volunteer Newsletter Editor, 1995-1997

Publications & Presentations

Databrary: Enabling Sharing and Reuse of Research Video.

Dylan A Simon, Andrew S Gordon, Lisa Steiger, Rick O Gilmore. In Proceedings of the 15th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL '15), ACM 279-280. 2015

Model-based choices involve prospective neural activity.

Bradley B Doll, Katherine D Duncan, Dylan A Simon, Daphna Shohamy, Nathaniel D Daw. Nature Neuroscience, 18(5) 767-772. 2015

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 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

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

Open Source:

February 20, 2016