Alan Jaffe

Intro

I develop software and participate in various activities including Mock Trial. I also enjoy photography, cooking, and listening to French radio.

I graduated from Solon High School in 2014 and am currently pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. For more details, please feel free to contact me!

Contact

You can contact me by email at FirstName.MiddleInitial.LastName@gmail.com. My middle initial is P. (Alternatively: a...@gmail.com)

Projects

Generating Tweets

Recently, I've been playing around with using LSTM neural networks to generate fake tweets. Some of them were pretty funny, so I made an Alexa Skill to let people try to guess which ones are real.

Automated Reverse Engineering

I also recently published a paper at ESEC/FSE 2017 titled Suggesting Meaningful Variable Names for Decompiled Code: A Machine Translation Approach. [Preprint]

ACM DL Author-ize serviceSuggesting meaningful variable names for decompiled code: a machine translation approach
Alan Jaffe
ESEC/FSE 2017 Proceedings of the 2017 11th Joint Meeting on Foundations of Software Engineering, 2017

Multilingual Image Caption Generation

Generating captions for images using German and English training data is another fun project. Generating Image Descriptions using Multilingual Data

Internship at Google

In the summer of 2016, I interned at Google, developing a framework to help improve the quality of online-to-offline conversion tracking.

Internship at Knewton

In the summer of 2015, I interned at Knewton, developing a load testing tool for adaptive learning software.

App Development

With my younger brother, I developed Flight Odyssey and Flight Odyssey Lite, apps for iOS and Android. You can try them, or just look through our blog! Email me if you want a free promo code.

Internship at Snap-on Business Solutions

In the summer of 2013, I developed programs at Snap-On Business Solutions for tracking database relationships and project dependencies. The programs used a Java servlet backend interfacing with SQL Server to store data and an AJAX-based frontend.

Internship at TMW Systems

In the summer of 2012, I worked at TMW systems assisting with software projects including code branch management, file attachments, and automated emails.

GitHub

See more projects on my GitHub page.

Activities

Mock Trial

I currently serve as president and team captain of Carnegie Mellon's Mock Trial team. I've competed in mock trial since high school, and I find it to be a great opportunity for me to broaden my skills beyond technology. I'm super excited for our upcoming invitational tournament.

Hackathons

At Steel Hacks, our team built Sighting, an iOS app that links people with similar interests into groups allowing them to track things they're interested in (such as tech talks, free food, service opportunities) or want to avoid (such as crime, pollen, diseases). Sighting is a crowdsourced extensible platform that users can use to track anything they want and find places they might be interested in, in real time. Users form groups they can use to monitor common interests and are notified in real time when and where these events occur in their area. The app won two awards: "Most Impactful" and "Best use of AWS." The source code is on GitHub: Server, UI.

At Tartan Hacks, our team built Storytime, an interactive jogging app that builds a story as you run. The app ultimately ranked top 6 at the competition. Start running the app as you start your physical run, and find yourself in the middle of a mystery story that the app reads to you. Yet the environment of this story is oddly familiar. The characters are speaking in terms of places close to you! To hear the next part of the story, you must travel to one of the locations mentioned by the characters. The way the story unfolds depends on which location you pick. And each time you use this app, the locations are randomized, as are parts of the story, leaving you with a new adventure every time. Syncs with Jawbone UP data to personalize the story to your realtime run statistics and to match the run length to your daily goals.

Science Olympiad

I've had the amazing opportunity of serving as part of the Solon Middle School and High School Science Olympiad teams for 6 years. I was a part of four first place finishes in the national championship, and won two gold medals at the national level (Road Scholar and TPS).

I was also the club's official webmaster for two years, and the official scorekeeper for one.

It has been an incredible experience for me. Through the years, I've built catapults, robots, finely-tuned springs for bungee dropping, scramblers, Rube Goldberg machines, robot arms, and battery-powered vehicles. I've learned about astronomy, cartography, freshwater, glaciers, circuits, electrochemistry, simple machines, remote sensing, estimation, fossils, and more. While I may not remember all that I've studied, I will certainly remember the anxiety of a sensitive mechanical, the exhilaration after a successful award ceremony, and the joy of having fun with friends.

Photography

I like taking pictures of things. Especially close-ups. Here are a few of my favorites.
Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Flowers along trail

Flowers along trail

Bee

Bee

Sea lion house

Sea lion house

Insect on flower

Insect on flower

News

On TV - Two Solon High Students Received Perfect AP Test Scores

Solon high school, middle school Science Olympiad teams take national title for third year in a row

Solon High School boasts 20 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

Chagrin Valley 2014 graduates recognized for excellence

Solon energizes teams at Invitational Science Olympiad