I am an independent software engineer/architect with 20 years of professional coding experience
My focus is on data transformations (especially big data), domain modeling, software architecture in general, and bioinformatics.
My past experiences primarily include work in the biomedical field, with positions held at the
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,
the BF2I lab (INSA Lyon), and the bacteriology lab at UCBL (Lyon). I also worked for a short period of time in the
telecom industry, although a less exciting venture for my tastes.
The above experiences included a great many situations in which data had to be modeled with the most extreme care,
and processed with just the right trade-offs of practicality and performance. In the biomedical field in particular,
errors in judgment on these aspects can have real consequences for patient care, whether indirectly via portals used by
researchers (e.g. International Cancer Genome Consortium data portal),
or directly in the case of internal hospital systems (typically kept private).
All these experiences led me to develop my own tool, Gallia, with the aim of streamlining the process of data transformation,
and which draws on all the issues I’ve encountered using existing tools (as well as their strengths!).
I’m also developing a tool intended to help with the modeling aspect - with an emphasis on semantics - and hope to publish
it as well at some point in the future.