Matthew Newton

Google, Mountain View CA December 2016 — April 2022

Gboard — Federated Analytics and Machine Learning July 2019 - April 2022

I worked on a modeling team for Gboard and partnered with international teams on private federated learning. We identified ‘private heavy hitters’, or the most frequent items of a dataset, without centralized logging of what a user does on their keyboard. With those heavy hitters, we train models to power new experiences or improve existing models to adapt to changing user needs.

Google Search — Search Frontend December 2016 — July 2019 Search consists of multiple teams with different search verticals. My work on a horizontal infrastructure team was to optimize a slice of the stack for improved developer velocity and to optimize the billions of search result pages served to end users every day.

Apple, Cupertino CA May 2013 - December 2016

Fullstack engineering for the Apple Instructional Design department. This ranged from internal tooling for authors and localizers, to creating new user-facing instructional experiences ahead of product launches.


Rochester Institute of TechnologySeptember 2009 - May 2013

Earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, from Rochester Institute of Technology. Minors in Mathematics and Economics.

Stanford Online, CourseraApril 2016

Earned a Certificate from Andrew Ng's Machine Learning course on Coursera.

Other Projects

Blaze/Bazel Build Notifying Widget 2017

When I joined Google Search, I found that I often missed when the build was done, especially if it had failed early. A cold build could take 30-45 minutes even on my specialty machine with 12 cores and 128gb of ram, which meant context switching whenever blaze's cache was too old. So I built this LED notification widget to let me know when the build had finished with attention-grabbing lights. I provided parts to my coworkers in my team and taught a quick class on assembling / programming the microcontroller as a blaze status indicator.

Kinect the Dots 2015

Spearheaded an electronic art installation called 'Kinect the Dots', a large-scale grid of approximately 1,900 LEDs which displays RGB silhouettes of nearby people in real time. This has been showcased at the Bay Area Maker Faire (received 2 editor's choice awards), Burning Man, and Santa Cruz Glow.