About

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Hi, I’m Itsi! I’m an applied mathematician, data scientist and project coordinator from Sydney, Australia. I’m interested in business strategy and use cutting edge techniques within machine learning, statistics and mathematical optimisation as tools to approaching problems.

Although my formal qualifications are technical, I’ve constantly sought to improve my effectiveness in people-facing roles where decisions are made. I have sat on boards, led political campaigns, run festivals, and organised very good parties for hundreds of people, all while navigating the subtle arts of stakeholder engagement and bureaucratic micromanagement.

A combination of technical and communication skills has led me naturally to consulting and education. I have worked previously as a statistics tutor for the University of Melbourne and designed classes for an optimisation module for students at the Melbourne Business School.

I completed my master’s degree in mathematics and statistics at the University of Melbourne. My research was supervised by Professor Peter Taylor and focused on developing a new machine learning method for inferring the topology of the Bitcoin P2P network, a task which has a significant impact on the pseudonymity properties of the cryptocurrency. I have made the thesis available here.

Please get in contact with me if you’d like to discuss potential projects.

Interests

I like to focus on problems that have a significant impact on people’s lives, whether directly or indirectly. I love working with smart, creative, and ambitious people.

I care deeply about the effect of technology on communities and am increasingly concerned about the overwhelming measurable alienation we breed in modern society. As people involved in decision making and technology, I strongly believe in being conscious of this and other ethical impacts in the projects that we work on in order to push the principal motivator of improving the world with our work.

The most impactful work anyone can do is in addressing climate breakdown, reducing poverty, and improving medical care. I specifically love work in these fields.

Hobbies

I have played the violin for almost 20 years. Currently, I play with the Engineering Music Society at the University of Melbourne as a first violin in its orchestra, and occasionally in a string quartet. I have taken several courses in music theory and have composed some pieces for chamber groups. I love and know too much about classical music of the 20th century.

I am a big fan of live comedy. I also have an award for writing sketch comedy. In 2019 I landed an artist pass for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and got to see 37 shows over four weeks. Please do not hesitate to ask me for recommendations.

I like to take off time to travel when it’s possible, usually spending at least a month in a given country. Some favourite places of mine have been Georgia, Mexico, and Egypt.

I’m a big fan of cooking and eating. I frequently organise home-cooked dinners and outings with my friends. My three favourite vegetables are eggplant, capsicum and cucumber.