The geek in me is a strange blend of engineer, designer and academic. I think it helps explain my desire to create solutions, with technology, that are simple, fast and beautiful.
Academic - I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. My thesis, titled ‘Efficient Querying for Analytics on Internet of Things Databases and Streams', was about improving the scalability and performance of semantically interopeable graph queries across time-series data and graph-structured metadata for the IoT. I was supervised by Dr Thanassis Tiropanis and Professor Dame Wendy Hall.
Engineer - I am from Singapore and am employed by the national defence research institute, DSO National Laboratories as a Senior Member of Technical Staff. I am the Chief Architect of the AI platform and infrastructure in DSO. I am currently working on Natural Language Processing, large-scale Machine Learning and AI, distributed systems and also serve as the tech lead for information-related capabilities. Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked in the areas of big data systems and real-time maritime security systems. I hold a degree in Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore and am the receipient of the 2011-12 Halbrecht Associates Book Prize for the best graduating Honours student.
Designer - I like to think that I have an eye for aesthetics (I picked up a couple of web design awards back in my school days) and have done freelance design work in the past. My interest developed further into R&D and teaching in the area of User Experience, Human Computer Interaction and Human Factors Engineering in NUS. More recently, I’ve pioneered the development of web-scale visualisation frameworks for rapid data analytics at work. I am a proponent of minimalistic design and interfaces.
Outside of work, I enjoy mountain trekking, watching football and anime, fantasy novels and history.