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I’m a Machine Learning Software Engineer and former indie app developer in Vancouver, Canada. This site is the place to find me if you’re looking, and occasionally a place for me to sound off on work, my life and travels, and my obsession with weird old movies.

Vietnam beach selfie.

  • My curriculum vitae.
  • In March 2016 I joined Tableau Software’s Vancouver office, where I will be working on bringing Machine Learning to Tableau’s data visualization tools.
  • Before that, I was lucky enough to work at Pocket Pixels on the popular iOS photography apps Color Splash and Juxtaposer. I also worked on the Machine Learning parts of the awesome news recommender app Zite, which was acquired by Flipboard in 2014.

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  • My PhD thesis and other publications. The subject of my PhD work is Bayesian optimization, with an emphasis on practical AI applications (computer vision, machine-aided animation tools, robotics, etc). I had the incredible fortune of having Nando de Freitas (now at Oxford and Google DeepMind) as my thesis supervisor.
  • Despite my warnings, people keep wanting to use my PhD work in projects! So I put some MIT-license Python and C++ code on Github.
  • For the past few years I’ve been making something or other to sum up each year of my life and putting it online. Here’s what I did for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011
  • I <3 movies. Because people sometimes ask, I maintain a list of my favourite movies that you maybe not have seen.
  • My wife and I love to travel, mostly in Asia. In January 2014 we took a month-long trip to Vietnam. She was six months pregnant at the time. It was fine. Since then, our trips have been a bit more kid-friendly, just the occasional jaunt across the Pacific to visit relatives in Australia, you know?
  • My old blog. Remember when blogs were a thing and everybody had one and they were all a bit samey but also kind of personal and intimate? I miss that.

Twitter: @drwindupbird

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Recently (feb 2017)

It’s February 2017 and I’m still writing “dear God just let this year end” on my cheques.

Just kidding! Who writes cheques?

  • Game: Ultima VI: The False Prophet (MS-DOS, 1990; replay)
  • Comic:
  • Fiction:
  • Non-Fiction: S Okasha, Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
  • Podcast: FiveThirtyEight Politics
  • TV: Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 12
  • Restaurant: GRUB, 4328 Main St
  • Drinks: The Greedy Pig, 307 W Cordova St
  • Coffee: The Federal Store, 2601 Quebec St
  • Last Great Movie: Au hasard Balthazar (dir R Bresson, 1966)
  • Last Good Movie: Cameraperson (dir K Johnson; 2016)