researcher in big data, AI, computational biology and parallel computing.
TED Fellows; Google
60 Minutes NZ story describing Singularity University, hosted at NASA Ames. ( http://singularityu.org/ )
Uploaded with permission of the producer, Chris Wilks.
Designing a new type of flying car
02/01/2010 – present
I'm designing a new type of flying car that is significantly safer and more maneuverable than most quadrocopter designs due to the rotors all being mounted on gimbals.
I am a computer scientist and computational biologist from New Zealand. I grew up programming computers, and completed a PhD in computer science and computational biology at MIT and a postdoc at Harvard Medical School. During the summers while at MIT, I interned at Google, studied intensive Chinese in Beijing, and worked to find interdisciplinary solutions to global grand challenges at Singularity University. I speak English, French, Korean and Chinese, and have traveled several times to China and North Korea to study human rights and freedom of information issues. I spend a lot of time thinking about P vs. NP, the Goldbach Conjecture, how 3 billion base pairs of DNA in your genome turn into 100 trillion cells in your body, and how to build flying cars. I received a TED Fellowship in 2011. I am currently working at Google on a new type of AI algorithm for natural language understanding.
Anything vegan. Vegan food is awesome.