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MATTHEW BEJTLICH

Matthew (b. 1991) is a data scientist, designer, electrical engineer, photographer, and musician who is interested in building communities that are more inclusive, circular, just, and resilient.
        He makes abstract, beat-driven electronic music as part of the audio-visual duo Dayspired and is a current partner at Rhythm Section International (London, UK), where he is being mentored by record label founder Bradley Zero (DJ at BBC Radio 1, NTS Radio, Boiler Room).
      Most recently, Matthew has pursued his MFA in Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) after recieving his MS in Data Science from Brown University. He is a graduate researcher at Brown’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and the head teaching assistant for the class Machine Learning and Design. He is currently looking for engaging and rigorous full time data science, design, and systems engineering work (either remote or in-person) dealing with high-impact social or environmental problems.

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He has worked or collaborated with Google, Holition, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, British Fashion Council, Brown University HCI Lab, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

Education
Rhode Island School of Design
MFA Graphic Design, 2021

Brown University
MS Data Science, 2018

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
BS Electrical Engineering, 2015



MATTHEW BEJTLICH

Matthew (b. 1991) is a data scientist, designer, electrical engineer, photographer, and musician who is interested in building communities that are more inclusive, circular, just, and resilient.
        He makes abstract, beat-driven electronic music as part of the audio-visual duo Dayspired and is a current partner at Rhythm Section International (London, UK), where he is being mentored by record label founder Bradley Zero (DJ at BBC Radio 1, NTS Radio, Boiler Room).
      Most recently, Matthew has pursued his MFA in Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) after recieving his MS in Data Science from Brown University. He is a graduate researcher at Brown’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and the head teaching assistant for the class Machine Learning and Design. He is currently looking for engaging and rigorous full time data science, design, and systems engineering work (either remote or in-person) dealing with high-impact social or environmental problems.

Connect
Email, Resume, Music, Instagram, LinkedIn

Client list
He has worked or collaborated with Google, Holition, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, British Fashion Council, Brown University HCI Lab, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.










 





SCULPTURAL AUDIO

Visualizing music through photography and paper folding. The images shown here were created using a wet paper folding technique. The paper was set overnight to dry in abstract forms, and then arranged and photographed.
        The song depicted is my own, called “It’s a Secret.” The foundation of the song revolves around a kalimba pattern that I played, manipulated, and layered with washed out, rising synth passages. The smooth, sloping forms of the paper draw attention to the music’s high dynamic range. The translucent parts of the image are evocative of the tracks lush, layered percussion. 

Date: 2019
Client: Self
Class: Graduate Form II
Instructor: Tom Wedell  
Photography



LISSITZKY POSTER

Arranged and printed on a large sail-like canvas, this poster features a collection of notable works from the annual Kieler Woche sailing event held in Kiel, Germany. The selected artists pay homage to El Lissitzky’s distinct constructivist approach with the use of simple geometric shapes, and angular, asymmetric compositions.
        The angle of the left side of the poster identifies the work of Kieler Woche designers and the angle of the right side refers to Lissitzky’s images.

Date: 2019
Client: Self
Class: Graduate Typography III (RISD)
Instructor: Doug Scott, MFA
Poster, print




SKETCHY

Sketchy is a web-based drawing application that allows users to sketch in virtual rooms and get ideas from viewing their peer’s sketches in real-time. In my contribution as a graduate research for the Brown University HCI Group, I conceptualized and constructed novel artistic features from 2D stroke data to help in building a personalized recommendation model in support of designers in their creative process. Reviewed paper for CHI 2020 conference. 

Date: 2020
Client: Brown University HCI Lab
Advisor: Jeff Huang, PhD & Shawn Wallace, MS
Data science, Human Computer Interaction


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FORCE AND POSITION MIDI CONTROLLER

For my senior capstone project in electrical engineering, I led a team of five other engineering students to design a highly customizable position and force sensing MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) controller prototype for a small synth repair company based in Southern Maine called New England Analog. MIDI is a technical standard for digitally representing and transmitting sounds — it is used as a touch surface to allow the user to control a wide range of sound parameters (e.g velocity, pitch, and panning) base upon the force of the applied touch.
        Over the course of the year, my team developed and produced a working prototype satisfying the major requirement and needs of the customer. We presented the result in front of a panel of judges and industry leaders. 

Date: 2014
Client: New England Analog 
Class: Electrical Enginnering Senior Capstone
Collaborators: Cameron Connor, Jean Pierre, Aaron
DaPonte, Greg Ladd, Devin Honeycutt
Advisors: David Rancour, PhD and Howard Michel, PhD
Data science, data visualization



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SEEDLINKED: DATA-DRIVEN SEED SHARING

How do we unflatten, juxtapose, and reveal the multiple stakeholder perspectives in the agri-food supply chain to offer a more authentic experience? How can personal stories be used to connect people in the supply chain? Through shared data-driven insight, the SeedLinked platform aims to bring connectivity to plant breeders, seed companies, farmers, gardeners, chefs, universities, and other testing organization in order to support the growth of local organic farming. 
      In this essay, I examine and discuss SeedLinked (as a networked system) in relation to class readings, academic literature, and current entrepreneurial initiatives in the food industry. A secondary goal is to propose clear recommendations to help improve the interface design and the way that the data is shared across multiple users.

Date: 2020
Client: SeedLinked
Class: Foodways & Sustainable Food Systems, RISD
Instructor: Jonathan Highfield, PhD
Data Science, Food


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Matthew Bejtlich © 2020
Matthew Bejtlich © 2020