About

Hi I am Brad Miller, I was a professor in the Computer Science department at Luther College from 2003 - 2018.  Now I work full time on my project  Runestone Interactive. The mission of Runestone is to "democratize textbooks for the 21st century". You can read more about that on the Runestone site.  This is my personal blog where I write about biking, travel, cooking, drinking wine, and miscellaneous hacking things.

Here is a bit more of my bio

Brad Miller is currently founder and lead programming for Runestone Interactive.  A project he started on his sabbatical as a professor at Luther college in 2011.  He has worked on Runestone since takeing an early retirement package in 2018.  For two years I worked with a team at Google to bring computer science to schools that had not offered CS before.   In 2017 Brad helped create the Data Science major and became chair of CS and DS programs.

Prior to joining Luther College Brad was Founder and Vice President of Product Development for Net Perceptions, the leading supplier of recommendation system software until the Internet bubble burst in 2001. Some of Net Perceptions’ customers included Amazon.com, N2K CDNow, J.C. Penny, Great Universal Stores, and over 70 others. Miller, along with Steven Synder and Ph.D. advisor John Riedl founded Net Perceptions on the Miller deck in 1996. The company was an outgrowth of the Grouplens research group at the University of Minnesota. While at Net Perceptions Miller grew the software development organization from five to 130 people working on six different products.

After an Article in the New Yorker magazine by Malcolm Gladwell, Net Perceptions was featured on an ABC Nightline show in Dec 1999. In 2000, Miller, CEO Steven Snyder, and CTO John Riedl received the World Technology Network award in the Commerce category for their contributions to E-Commerce. Net Perceptions also received the MIT Sloan School E-Commerce Award for Technology Innovation in May 1999. In 2010 Miller and the rest of the Grouplens research team from the University of Minnesota were recognized for their lasting contribution to the software world with an ACM Software Systems Award.