Hi, I'm Jackson. I’m a third-year computer science student at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. Over the past couple of years, I’ve developed a deep interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning. I enjoy staying up-to-date with the field by reading recent papers, listening to podcasts, watching video demos of the state-of-the-art AI systems, and putting together my own neural networks and fun AI projects.
In highschool, I got involved in swing dancing almost by accident. My friends in the jazz band and choir told me to come to this new event they were putting on and I thought, “Well… I should check it out at least.” I went, and to my surprise, I loved it. At first I just went to those local swing dances, but I soon decided that I enjoyed it enough to get a little more serious, so I took a class offered downtown on west-coast swing. I had a blast, I really enjoyed the instructors and everyone else taking the class, and it cemented my love for social dance—a love that I happily pursue today in San Luis Obispo with the help of the CP Swing club and the SLO Rugcutters.
I also enjoy flexing my creativity muscle through animation and photography. I picked up animation at the end of middle school and enjoyed casually playing around with Cinema 4D and Maya for a couple years before I produced a more serious animation as the Gunn Robotics Team’s submission for the Digital Animation Challenge (Animation here). Photography is a more recent development for me, and you can see my favorite pieces collected on my Instagram.
If you would like to learn more about my projects, academic work, and career, feel free to browse my resume available here.