"As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I come originally from Brazil, where I studied Electrical Engineering with research in Physics during undergraduate school, and subsequently obtained a PhD in Computer Science. My studies were carried out at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). The research component of my PhD was done at the University of Alberta, Canada.

After completing my PhD I moved from Canada to Australia to work at the then newly established national research institute NICTA, where I remained for about 10 years as a research scientist working in the field of machine learning. While at NICTA I co-founded Ambiata, which spun out from NICTA in 2014, where I served as Chief Scientist. Over the years I held adjunct academic appointments at the ANU, UNSW and University of Sydney. In December 2018, I was appointed Chief Scientist of the newly announced  Gradient Institute.