I am currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Prior to that I worked at Qualcomm Inc, Packet Video, Enerdyne Technologies, Stanilite Electronics and Media Technology. I have over 15 years experience designing state of the art commercial and military systems in the telecommunications and aerospace industries. I have a B.Sc. (Hons) Degree from the University of Western Australia. During my honours year I conducted research in Neural Networks.
I have been participating in the Netflix Challenge on a parttime basis since May, 2007. My highest ranking was 7th place. At the end of the contest I finished in 15th place, however, I finished in third place out of all the single person teams.
I am also a member of the Ensemble team. Our team finished in first place in the Quiz dataset, tied on the Test dataset but ended up in second place behind Bellkor's Pragmatic Chaos due to having sent our submission twenty minutes later. So I can confidently say that there is no existing movie recommendation system in the world better than ours!
Currently some of us from the Ensemble are investigating potential business opportunities in areas where we can apply the technology and expertise we developed as part of the Netflix challenge.
I can be contacted at cesbertino at yahoo dot com.