Hi friends, my name is Lj Miranda and welcome to my blog!
I build things.
I started this site to tell the story of my tech journey. I believe in technology that is open, enabling, and life-giving. I aspire to usher that potential—even for just a tiny bit. There is still a long way to go, and this site records my progress.
Here, you’ll find some of my thoughts, works, and notes on software development, systems, machine learning, and research. I hope that you’ll spend a nice time here, so go grab yourself a cup of coffee and feel free to look around!
Some highlights include:
- Why do we need Flask, Celery, and Redis?: a fun illustrated guide on how task queues work. Reached front page on Hacker News.
- How to improve software engineering skills as a researcher: here I talked about a specific project on how researchers and data scientists can further refine their software engineering skills.
- The Illustrated VQGAN: a technical deep-dive on VQGAN, a model that allows us to synthesize images from text prompts.
- Navigating the MLOps tooling landscape: here I survey MLOps tools while surfacing key insights about the landscape.
- How to use Jupyter Notebooks: another three-part series where I surveyed the Jupyter notebook ecosystem.
- Thinking Machines Data Science (Manila), a data science consultancy where I built multiple natural language processing and computer vision products such as a search engine, an industry classifier, and a document processing system to name a few.
- Preferred Networks (Tokyo) as an intern, where I implemented a training parallelization framework for ChainerRL, an open-source reinforcement learning library.
I obtained my master’s degree from Waseda University and my bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering, minor in Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University. My research interests include machine learning systems design and natural language processing.
Lastly, I’m well-involved in open-source and have authored several projects of my own. Pyswarms has been quite successful, I’ve seen it being used in quantum physics, chemistry, and teaching amongst other things. I love indie games and dabble in game development using Pico-8 and Godot.
Lester James V. Miranda
Metro Manila, Philippines
Email: ljvmiranda [at] gmail [dot] com
Contact: (+63) 905 258 1624
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)