Software engineer. Data addict. AI enthusiast & critic. Art & design speak to me.
Backstory
I've always had a creative streak + an aptitude for math/science/engineering. My intrinsic curiosity and affinity for challenges have gifted me with a broad variety of experiences. Collectively, they contribute in rich ways to my work and my life.
University of Toronto . BSc, Physics
University of Michigan . PhD, Biomedical Engineering - Medical Imaging
Fast forward
My science & engineering background eased a transition to software development & AI. I now spend time working across the stack and learning all things computer science-y; I also have a keen interest in ethics in relation to AI. Opportunities to work on AI, security, and DevOps are most welcome.
Coordinating with a great team to accomplish meaningful objectives makes me happy. I jump at opportunities to learn from brilliantly insightful colleagues, and to contribute to goals which exceed the sum of their parts. It's my hope to participate on projects committed to maintaining psychological safety for all team members.
Toy box
I'm grateful on a daily basis for the tremendous resources shared by the generous folks active in the open source community. A few of the tools I use regularly: Ruby, Python, Rails, PostgreSQL. And I dabble in Go, Elixir, and Keras (on TensorFlow).
Long ago, I programmed in C; not quite as long ago, I used MATLAB extensively. For years, I worked with a variety of sensors and lasers. And, once upon a time, I used to create actual, tangible things in the woodshop, the electronics shop, the metalshop, and the darkroom.
Looking ahead
My professional interests converge on the artful use of data. Topics on my radar include the future of artificial intelligence and the importance of data quality, contextualization, and security.
Along those lines, I'm developing a platform to support enterprises in tapping into the power of AI - without the need for a big data science budget. Ideally, it will be useful to social entrepreneurs and small businesses. I'm grateful for the privilege of supporting others in their goals while pursuing my own.
Site software under MIT License: Copyright 2018 Monica Spisar . Photos & sketches: Copyright 2018 Monica Spisar
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