jeffrey a. l. snyder

First Year PhD Student
Interactive Data Lab
Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington

594 Paul G. Allen Center, Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98195-2350
Tel: +1 781 333 8388
jasnyder (at)


June 12-Sept 23 Google Research NYC
June 26-27 ACL - Baltimore
July 9-12 Google MTV
Nov 9-14 VIS - Paris

about     resume    

I aim to couple human and machine computation more closely through interactive visualization. In my research, I develop software tools to help computational scientists in all disciplines extract meaning from data, big and small, more efficiently and effectively. I am advised by Jeff Heer and Richard Ladner.
I graduted from Princeton University with a BA in Computer Science, where I focused on topics at the intersection of HCI and ML, working with Andrew Appel, Robert Schapire, and Rebecca Fiebrink. During the summer, I did research with Vivek Pai on web session clustering and Jeffrey O. Snyder (no relation) on electronic instrument design.
latest + greatest
TextVis is a visualization framework for improving text classification model quality being developed concurrently with our entry in the SemEval 2014 competition.
VizRec is a system that enables efficient, interactive initial exploration of the structure of high-dimensional data sets by parallelizing the process of discovering patterns in data.
selected projects
SoundBar is a compact, battery-powered hybrid digital/analog synthesizer. Over 150 professional musicians were surveyed during the design process. Advised by Rebecca Fiebrink and Jeffrey O. Snyder.
GHtar is an application written in Max/MSP that transforms a Guitar Hero controller into a full-featured, expressive MIDI instrument. Developed for for PLOrk and to be submitted for publication at NIME 2014.
Developed for my senior thesis at Princeton, RAMP is a system for retrospective analysis and prediction of soccer matches that achives state-of-the-art results. Advised by Robert Schapire.
Working with Andrew Appel, I created CHOPS, which uses ML techniques to define obscure jazz vocabulary, like "hip" and "swinging", in simple musical terms for pedagogical applications.