Watching Sir Tim Berners-Lee talk about crisps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga1aSJXCFe0
EducationNational University of Ireland – Galway (2009-2013); University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2006-2008); University of Texas at Austin (1998-2002); St. John’s College (Annapolis, Maryland, USA) (1994-1998)
QualificationsPhD – informatics; MSc – library & information science; MA – math; Bachelor’s – Great Books
Work HistoryMassMutual Financial Group (insurance math); Odyssey Bookshop; Amherst College Science Library; Appalachian State University; National University of Ireland-Galway; INRIA
Current JobPostdoctoral Research Fellow
INRIA — The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation
Favourite thing to do in my job: Traveling the world to talk about science!
My Work: I develop new ways for on-line communities to organise information in group projects.
My Typical Day: Typical? What’s that?
Today I’m at a conference in Seattle. I meet with other scientists to tell them about my work. At talks, I tweet soundbites. And I sneak a peak at what’s going on elsewhere in the conference — if what’s going on in another room sounds particularly interesting, I move there to hear more! I’m always looking for new ideas and for new people to collaborate with. At the end of the day I have dinner with old friends or try to make new ones!
In the office, every day is different. I’m in France this year so the ONLY constant is lunch with the whole group. We talk about movies, politics, philosophy… anything but work.
Most days I:
– talk with colleagues (often online — I work with people in different countries!)
– read lots of email
– download the latest updates from other scientists (scientific papers)
– write about my work
What I'd do with the prize money: Train experts how to use Wikipedia in order to improve the quality of medical information the public has access to
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
focused, persistent, enthusiastic
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Winning an invention contest when I was 12. (I made a velcro sleeping bag.)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
no (unless, do overdue library books count?)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
a librarian — because I love books
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel)
What's your favourite food?
saag paneer — Indian spinach & cheese (yum)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
swimming in the Baltic sea!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Travel to India to study yoga; Own a teleporter (so I could live anywhere in the world & still see my nieces every weekend); To be able to download the whole Internet into my brain
Tell us a joke.
More an amusing observation: during the royal wedding a Wikipedia article on the “Wedding dress of Kate Middleton” appeared. People tried to delete it. Instead, we now we have a whole CATEGORY “Royal wedding dresses”.