Matt Lebofsky: Resume (last updated December 2014)
I am an active computer nerd and musician. For over 15 years I have worked on the world's largest supercomputing project (SETI@home), as developer/programmer (software/services used by millions of people worldwide), webmaster (sites getting 2,000,000 hits/day), database administrator (several databases terabytes in size, containing billions of rows and handling 30,000 queries/second), and systems administrator (a server complex containing over 300 CPUs and 1 petabyte of raw disk space). At night I perform/compose/arrange/record for a half-dozen active musical projects, playing keyboards, bass, guitar, drums, saxophone, and singing. Keeping a worldwide volunteer computing project running 24/7 while adhering to busy recording/rehearsal schedules and regularly performing live at weddings, corporate parties, small dive bars and large music halls involves major time/stress management and seat-of-your-pants problem solving which I find oddly entertaining. I am always looking to combine my diverse skill sets in new and inventive ways.
Information Systems Analyst (February 1994 - present) - Space Sciences Laboratory - University of California at Berkeley
I am a scientific programmer (mostly C++), systems/network manager (mostly linux server environment), webmaster (apache/php), and database administrator (mysql/informix) for various projects at the lab. My main focus has been on the world's largest volunteer computing project BOINC, which serves several scientific endeavors around the world, including SETI@home, which allows the public to search for extraterrestrial intelligence by hunting for signals in astronomical data using the power of their home computers. I am one of the original and current developers of SETI@home, which is still performing one of the largest computing tasks in the world to date. I am also a scientific programmer for another Berkeley SETI project, SERENDIP, and once served as network administrator for the Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer (CHIPS) NASA UNEX mission. I have advised/assisted several other projects in a technical context throughout the lab.
Other Computing Skills/Experience:
All Around Music Guy (July 1970 - present)
I play keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone and/or sing in various indie-rock/avant-garde/jazz/cover bands. Formal training includes classical/jazz piano, jazz bass, sound recording/engineering, advanced music theory and modern composition. Extensive knowledge of unorthodox music theory, record collecting, survival on the road with little money or hope. Composed thousands of works of all shapes and sizes and recorded many of them myself. Tracked/Mixed/Mastered many CDs at different professional/home studios, both analog and digital (DP, Logic, Pro Tools). Performed at several nationally televised events, political functions that required FBI clearance, and international conferences. Toured extensively throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Maintained diplomatic relationships with American and German record labels. Interesting extra-musical experience includes package and web design, printing (posters, CD covers), booking and promoting shows, effective utilization of costumes and makeup, setting up and running a full-scale light show, tolerating the press, silk screening my own t-shirts, and dealing with a broken down bus/van/RV in the middle of nowhere at 2:00am and somehow managing to still make it to the gig later that day.
Other Music Skills/Experience:
Other Professional Experience:
Freelance Note/Tap Tracker (November 2009 - December 2010) - Tapulous
Generate tempo maps and design levels for highly popular iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge. Managing fast-paced content generation, testing, and deployment - sometimes as little as 24 hours between job announcement and seeing multiple youtube videos of people playing your levels.
Food Truck General Sales (January 2010 - May 2013) - Vesta Flatbread
Assist in various ways for popular food truck. Taking and fulfilling orders at farmer's markets, expediting, baking, accounting, negotiating with supply vendors, fixing broken stuff.
The Breakthrough Listen Search for Intelligent Life: Target Selection of Nearby Stars and Galaxies, Isaacson, H., Siemion, A., Marcy, G., Lebofsky, M., Price, D., MacMahon, D., Croft, S., DeBoer, D., Hickish, J., Werthimer, D., Sheikh, S., Hellbourg, G., Enriquez, J. E., https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.06227.
Candidate Identification and Interference Removal in SETI@home, Korpela, E., Cobb, J., Lebofsky, M., Siemion, A., Von Korff, J., Bankay, R., Werthimer, D., and Anderson, D., Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Edited by Douglas A. Vakoch, SUNY Press, 2011, p. 37-44.
Current and Nascent SETI Instruments in the Radio and Optical, Siemion, A., Chen, H., Cobb, J., Cordes, J., Filiba, T., Fries, A., Howard, A., Von Korff, J., Korpela, E., Lebofsky, M., Mallard, W., McMahon, P., Parsons, A., Spitler, L., Wagner, M., and Werthimer, D., Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Edited by Douglas A. Vakoch, SUNY Press, 2011, p. 19-36.
New SETI sky surveys for radio pulses, Siemion, A., Von Korff, J., McMahond, P., Korpela, E., Werthimer, D., Anderson, D., Bower, G., Cobb, J., Foster, G., Lebofsky, M., van Leeuwen, J., and Wagner, M., Acta Astronautica (Special Issue on Searching for Life Signatures), Volume 67, Issues 11-12, December 2010, Pages 1342-1349.
SETI with Help from Five Million Volunteers: The Berkeley SETI Efforts, Korpela, E., Anderson, D., Bankay, R., Cobb, J., Foster, G., Howard, A., Lebofsky, M., Marcy, G., Parsons, A., Siemion, A., Von Korff, J., Werthimer, D., and Douglas, K. A., Bioastronomy 2007: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life, p. 431.
Spin-Off Successes of SETI Research at Berkeley, Douglas, K., Anderson, D., Bankay, R., Chen, H., Cobb, J., Korpela, E., Lebofsky, M., Parsons, A., Von Korff, J., and Werthimer, D., Bioastronomy 2007: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life, p. 443.
Three Years of SETI@home: A Status Report, Korpela, E. J., Cobb, J., Fulton, S., Lebofsky, M., Heien, E., Person, E., Demorest, P., Bankay, R., Anderson, D. P. and Werthimer, D., Bioastronomy 2002: Life Among the Stars, Proceedings of IAU Symposium #213. Edited by R. Norris, and F. Stootman. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2003., p.419.
The Search for Life in the Universe: The Past Through the Future, Lebofsky, L. A., Lebofsky, A., Lebofsky, M. and Lebofsky, N. R. American Astronomical Society, DPS meeting #35, #42.07; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 35, p.1005, AAS, 2003.
SETI@home: An experiment in public-resource computing, Anderson, D. P., Cobb, J., Korpela, E., Lebofsky, M. and Werthimer, D. Communications of the ACM, Nov. 2002, Vol. 45 No. 11, pp. 56-61.
SETI@home: Massively Distributed Computing for SETI, Korpela, E., Werthimer, D., Anderson, D., Cobb, J., and Lebofsky, M. in Computing in Science and Engineering, vol 3, issue 1, p. 78 (January - February 2001 issue).
SERENDIP IV: Data Acquisition, Reduction, And Analysis, Cobb, J., Werthimer, D., Lebofsky, M., Lampton, M., Bioastronomy 99: A New Era in Bioastronomy. 6th Bioastronomy Meeting - Kohala Coast Hawaii - August 2-6, 1999
Fall 1988 - Spring 1992