Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips

Staff R&D Engineer

Matt received a B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from Tufts University, and he received a Ph.D. in philosophy with a certificate in cognitive science from Rutgers University. After he completed his Ph.D., Matt moved into neuroscience, where he first focused on visual/oculomotor psychophysics. He later shifted to primate cellular electrophysiology and, finally, to computational neuroscience. His focus on computational neuroscience brought him to Duke University and the Research Triangle Park (RTP). In the RTP, Matt worked briefly as a C++ engineer and pursued side projects in machine learning. He now works full time in machine learning and computer vision at Kitware.

Examples of his past work include a project for Brainbuild, for which he used reinforcement learning to create a system to schedule eating events for elite athletes, and a system for Kesem Health that measures fluid flow using techniques for signal processing. For other work, he created DynaSys, an open source tool for analyzing and visualizing low-dimensional dynamical systems. He also created WaveSorter, an open source tool for sorting neural waveforms.

Matt has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships. In 2005, he received the James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, which he declined. A year later, he received a Fight for Sight fellowship. Then, in 2008, he accepted an award to present at the Advances in Computational Motor Control meeting. In the same year, he began a Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health for “Using saccadic adaptation to probe the coordinate system of parietal neurons.” Later, in 2012, he received a research grant from the American Academy of Neurology for “Assessing efficiency of learning the neurologic exam with a visual tracking device” with co-principal investigator James Noble, MD.

Outside of these efforts, Matt is a co-organizer of the Deep Learning RTP meetup. He is also the founder and former principal organizer of the Triangle C++ Developers Group meetup, and he served as the chair for the 2013 Gordon Research Seminar on Eye Movements.

In addition, Matt has delivered numerous invited talks, including “Vision in the Oculomotor System” at the Krekelberg Neuroscience Laboratory in 2009 and “Say When? Using Reinforcement Learning and Neural Networks to Schedule Meal Events for Elite Athletes” at the PyData Triangle Q3-2017 Meetup.