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I'm Alex Tonetti

Developer and Entrepreneur

Hello! I’m Alex Tonetti. Experienced Senior Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Java, Python, Javascript, CSS/HTML, etc. Demonstrated professional with a Masters of Science in Computer Science focused in Machine Learning from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Technical Development Skills

IBM Cloud
SciPy
CSS/HTML
Unix
C#/Visual Basic

My Experience

  • Graduate

  • 2017 - Present

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Masters of Science in COmputer Science
    • 4.0 GPA
    • Specialization in Machine Learning
  • Post-Undergraduate

  • 2017 - Present

    International business machines

    Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer
    • In support of a Watson Explorer (WEX) client engagement, developed a batch document translation application utilizing Watson Language Translation from IBM Cloud Services to translate foreign language documents before crawling into the system. Additionally, the application could train custom language models using several different artifacts; a forced glossary, a parallel corpus, or a monolingual corpus
    • Designed and developed a Watson Conversation Service (WCS) demo that utilized several different API’s to provide historical weather information and named storm information. The integration layer was a custom built Node.js application that contained sophisticated geo-location processing that converted natural language locations to a bounding box of coordinates which were used to determine the closest weather station
    • Utilized the Cognitive Avatar as an interface for a WCS chatbot in an innovative engagement with a large financial services company. A custom Speech-to-Text model was built to capture the unique terminology of the client’s domain. Informational cards were also integrated to highlight important information for the user
    • Extended the capabilities of the Cognitive Avatar by implementing C# code that could capture a user’s mood and appropriately respond based on the detected emotion
    • Created several golden images of various Watson products to reduce deployment time for client engagements
    • Published defensive patents and publications outlining our existing work and new, innovative ideas
    • Worked with the business development team to provide technical guidance, gather requirements, and solution recommendations
    • Created several other client demos of WDA, WCS, and WEA
  • 2015 - 2017

    International business machines

    Artificial Intelligence Engineer
    • Developed a domain adaptation Java tool that aided in the creation of question-answer pairs for the Watson Discovery Advisor (WDA) application, IBM’s deep question-answer system originating from the Jeopardy! Challenge. The tool automatically generated standard variations for a wide variety of answer types allowing a domain adaptation specialist to work more productively—increasing consistency and accuracy. In effect increasing accuracy of the system
    • Performed end-to-end support for the WDA system involving developing client entity and lexicon artifacts, developing question-answer pairs, performing data assessments, ingesting documents into the system, Knowledge Graph loads, domain adaptation, developing new features, logging defects, and writing up documentation
    • Developed a data cleansing pipeline tool that was used for data assessments and cleaning client data for various engagements. The tool scrubbed documents of several common issues (difficult characters, excessive whitespace, gibberish, etc.) and then converted documents into a form acceptable for WDA ingestion
    • Completed a first-of-a-kind implementation of Watson Engagement Advisor (WEA) 3.0, designing and developing a conversational chatbot that connected back to the client’s customer management system allowing a user to retrieve personal billing information, request a billing extension, pay their bill and get general knowledge questions answered
    • Created an automated dialog testing tool for the Watson Dialog Cloud Service which read from a spreadsheet and simulated the conversational flows to verify the accuracy of the Natural Language Classifier service as well as confirm appropriate responses
    • Published defensive patents and publications outlining our existing work and new, innovative ideas
    • Created several other client demos of WDA, WCS, and WEA
  • 2014 - 2015

    International business machines

    IT Techincal Consultant
    • Designed, developed, and deployed a Java portlet that tracked the status of UC-2’s and UC-2A’s within the UCMS system
    • Managed a small team who documented the webMethods component of UCMS
    • Contributed to the creation of over forty manual regression test scripts for the Test for Production environment
    • Created a Maven version of each UCMS portlet project, and created unit test classes with JUnit in a shift to continuous integration for improved testability
    • Developed a Java application for ClearCase which reformatted the exported XML to be easily imported into Microsoft Excel for analysis
    • Identified, investigated and fixed Java defects within the UCMS system
  • Undergraduate

  • 2009 - 2013

    University of Maryland

    Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering
    • Minor in International Engineering
    • Study Abroad in China – International Engineering & Business Cultures
    • Study Abroad in New Zealand – Environmental Sustainability
  • 2012 - 2013

    T-rex consulting corporation

    Computer engineering internship
    • Developed an application necessary for the tracking and security of documents in a bid for a loan-scanning contract
    • Created web forms necessary to the digitalization of the hiring process for the HR department
    • Assisted the project manager in building requests for proposals (RFPs), gathering supplier quotes, and maintaining the scheduled timeline for a Department of Commerce contract
  • Summer 2012

    CONNECTION TECHNOLOGY CENTER

    Summer Engineering Co-Op
    • Developed the automatic proximity probe testing application for the remaining seven product lines
    • Streamlined the eight applications into four, as well as maintained and upgraded database tables to better assimilate with future products
    • At the request of the CEO, created a daily email reporting services in C# featuring charts using Google’s charting API
  • Summer 2011

    CONNECTION TECHNOLOGY CENTER

    Summer Engineering Co-Op
    • Successfully implemented an automatic proximity probe testing application that reduced testing time by over 300%. The application manipulated a digital micrometer stage and was written using LabVIEW
    • Performed signal analysis testing several sensor product lines ensuring no manufacturing defects
  • High School

  • 2005 - 2009

    Fairport High School

    HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
    • 4.0 GPA
    • Took 4 Advanced Placement & Syracuse University Classes

My Interests

I love to travel! I have been to six of the seven continents and hope to reach the last one, Antartica, soon. While traveling, I love to hike and take tons of photos. For me, photography is a creative release from the mostly left-brained software development world. My photography hobby eventually evolved into the side-business, Alex Tonetti Photography. The business perfectly complimented my career and my interest in entrepreneurship. Additionally, I am very passionate about finance and the financial independence community, music and biking to explore my city.

  • Music
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Finance
  • Traveling
  • Movies
  • Cycling
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