Allen is the Principal Data Scientist at MapR Technologies, where he leads interdisciplinary teams to deliver results in fast-paced, high-pressure environments across several verticals in industry. Previously, Allen founded TinyTube Networks which provided the first mobile video discovery and transcoding proxy service, and Ion Flux which provided a medical-grade, cloud-based human genome sequencing service.
Allen has contributed to a wide variety of open source projects: R (CRAN, Bioconductor), Perl (CPAN, BioPerl), FFmpeg, Cascading, Apache HBase, Apache Storm, and Apache Mahout. Overall, his unique background combines deep technical expertise in data science with a pragmatic understanding of real-world problems. He also pursues interests in linguistics and economics, and — if it hadn’t been obvious — he performs magic.