Lou Schlessinger

Full-stack Developer



My name is Lou Schlessinger.

I was a student at Washington University in St. Louis studying computer science and physics. I graduated in December 2018 with a Master's in computer science. My concentration is in data mining and machine learning. I am currently working on my Master's Project in automated machine learning.


Procedural Terrain Generation   After reading about fractals and their applications in technology, I learned about fractal terrain generation and how it can be used to create stunningly realistic landscapes using a relatively simple algorithm. I created a WebGL rendering implementation of a terrain generator that was based on a 3d-projected terrain map on a canvas element implementation. It uses the Diamond Square Algorithm to procedurally generate terrain.

Image quilting synthesis results

Image Quilting  An implementation of "Image Quilting for Texture Synthesis and Transfer" (Elfros & Freeman, 2001).

Correlation matrix of adult dataset

Income Prediction  An evaluation of several machine learning methods applied to the Adult Data Set to predict income.

Global Terrorism Database clustering

Global Terrorism Geo-Clustering in Spark   A visualization of k-means clustering on terrorist attack locations. It contains more than 170,000 terrorist attacks from all over the world from 1970 to 2016. I implemented k-means in PySpark to cluster the different geo-locations of the terrorist attacks.

Artisanal chocolate ratings bar chart

Artisanal Chocolate Exploration  A D3 visualization of artisanal chocolate companies and ratings using expert review data from the Manhattan Chocolate Society.

Electoral map cartogram

Electoral Map  A D3 Cartogram of U.S. presidential elections ranging from 1940 - 2016.

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Algorithms  A collection of algorithms I have implemented in various languages consisting of topics ranging from machine learning to multi-agent systems. For example, this repository contains my implementations of AdaBoost, neural networks, the auction algorithm, etc.

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Bayesian Stock Price Prediction  An evaluation of stock price prediction algorithms using analyst ratings.

Traffickcam main activity screenshot

TraffickCam Android App   An app that enables you to help combat sex trafficking by uploading photos of the hotel rooms you stay in when you travel. I developed the TraffickCam Android app on the Google Play Store while working in the Media and Machines Lab at Washington University in St. Louis. More information about TraffickCam and the Exchange Initiative is available through the website, traffickcam.com.

Snackhack dashboard

SnackHack   A web service and Android app that leverages Twitter's Geolocation API and Wash. U. network data to provide real-time information on just how crowded every restaurant on campus is. It displays in real-time just how crowded a restaurant really is. I made this as part of a team of four students for WUHack 2014 (Washington University in St. Louis's 40-hour Hackathon). We won the Grand Prize and the OpenDNS Prize.


Kernel tree

Automated Kernel Search (in progress)  Automated Kernel Search using Bayesian Optimization and Evolutionary Algorithms.

Reddit communities

Reddit Community Detection  A survey of community detection algorithms on Reddit data described in the paper Detection and Analysis of Subreddit Communities.