I'm Alex Jaffe, a PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. I research methods to augment the game design process, through data analysis, simulation, and modeling. I've also done research in graph theory, game theory, approximation algorithms, random processes, and theroetical analysis of computer systems. My advisor is James Lee. I work with Zoran Popović and Anna Karlin. I am a member of the UW Theory Group, and the Center for Game Science.
I received my B.A. in Computer Science from Berkeley in December 2005, and started at UW the following fall. In the meantime I've had multiple internships at Yahoo! Research, as well as an internship at Microsoft Research. I like cloudy weather and indie rock bands and my girlfriend and the UW, so I currently live in Seattle. In May of 2008, I received my M.S. from UW, and continue to pursue my PhD. I recently worked as a technical game designer Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale, at SuperBot Entertainment. I'll be graduating in March 2013, then moving to San Francisco. I am on the hunt for a great technical game design position!
Up-to-Date Resume, Circa February 2013
Older Curriculum Vitae
A. Jaffe, A. Miller, E. Andersen, Y. Liu, A. Karlin, Z. Popovic, "Evaluating Competitive Game Balance with Restricted Play".
In AIIDE 2012.
Winner of the AIIDE 2012 Best Student Paper Award
A. Jaffe, T. Moscibroda, S. Sen, "On the Price of Equivocation in Byzantine Agreement".
In PODC 2012.
Winner of the PODC 2012 Best Student Paper Award
A. Jaffe, T. Moscibroda, L. Effinger-Dean, L. Ceze, and K. Strauss, "The Impact of Memory Models on Software Reliability in Multiprocessors".
In PODC 2011.
M. Piatek, A. Krishnamurthy, A. Venkataramani, R. Yang, D. Zhang, and A. Jaffe, "Contracts: Practical contribution incentives for P2P live streaming".
In NSDI 2010.
A. Jaffe, J. Lee, and M. Moharrami, "On the Optimality of Gluing Over Scales".
In APPROX 2009.
A. Chakrabarti, A. Jaffe, J. Lee, and J. Vincent, "Embeddings, Cuts, and Flows in Topological Graphs: Lossy Invariants, Linearization, and 2-Sums".
In FOCS 2008.
C. Daskalakis, C. Hill, A. Jaffe, R. Mihaescu, E. Mossel, and S. Rao, "Maximal Accurate Forests from Distance Matrices".
In Research in Computational Molecular Biology, 10th Annual International Conference, RECOMB 2006.
A. Jaffe, M. Naaman, T. Tassa, and M. Davis, "Generating Summaries for Large Collections of Geo-Referenced Photographs".
In Proceedings of The 8th ACM SIGMM international workshop on Multimedia information retrieval, MIR 2006.
Poster in The Fifteenth International World-Wide Web Conference, WWW 2006.
e-mail: ajaffe AT cs DOT washington DOT edu
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