"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) and the University of Alberta.

After completing my PhD I moved from Canada to Australia to work at the then newly established national research institute NICTA (now Data61/CSIRO), 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 was acquired by IAG in 2014. I served as Ambiata's Chief Scientist until December 2018, when I was appointed to my current role of Chief Scientist at the Gradient Institute. Over the years I held adjunct academic appointments at the ANU, University of Sydney and UNSW. I'm currently an Adjunct Professor at UNSW.