Rob Schmidt

Software Engineer in Atlanta, Georgia

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Howdy, I’m Rob. I’m a software engineer living in Atlanta, Georgia and part time in California. I am a fan of photography, technology, and music. I’m also interested in entrepreneurship and hiking.

It seems almost yesterday, my Senior year at California State University Chico, where I completed a class entitled Mind, Brain and Machines. It was there I learned of Alan Turing's Test developed in the 1950's as a benchmark to see if humans can create machines with a high enough level of artificial intelligence which is "indistinguishable" from humans. I was fascinated by the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that I completed a class project in C and Prolog to demonstrate the use of a Command Control Interpreter with Artificial Intelligence that would adjust the user interface based on the type of user. Another-words, it would self-adapt to the end-users needs. It was there I realized my calling to work with innovative technologies which followed my career over twenty-five years.

My work over my career was applying innovative technology to tough business problems and achieving unprecedented results in the public sector. This work included three nationally awarded finalists and winning projects implementing California Cloud Computing (CalCloud), Emerging Threats Response System for Agriculture Health Emergencies, and a low cost video conferencing solution from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

Rounding out my public sector career, I was appointed by CA Governor Jerry Brown as Chief of California’s Data Center in 2015 until I exited in 2017. Not weary of change, I immediately sailed in a new direction being accepted into a Top 10 Computer Science program in 2017. I also have started my own consulting practice in Machine Learning and Decision Science.

I plan to continue this success through my research and focus on AI. My primary research objective and interest is in the area of Autonomous Flight. I plan to continue research after my degree as a research member of industry.

  • Education
    • California State University, Chico
    • Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing
    • Stanford University