I’ve never been so happy sleeping so little. For five days this November, I taxed my mind and my laptop crunching through education policy data on the way to submitting an entry in the 2017 Data Open Championships, organized by Correlation One and Citadel. » Read More
Monday is a dizzying mash of adrenaline-tinted memories. Walking the floors of the New York Stock Exchange, watching old-time traders tell about the bullpen days. Sitting in the palatial elegance of the NYSE Board Room, listening to Ken Griffin share stories of teamwork, » Read More
I was honored to speak at Devcon3, the Ethereum Developers’ Conference, on my research on coordinating decentralized optimization with blockchains.
The attendees were a strange mix: 30-50% of the attendees were speculators who knew nothing about blockchains, but were frantically trying to understand the asset which had ballooned in their portfolio. » Read More
I just got back from the First IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications, which replaces the previous Multi-conference on Systems and Control.
First, having a conference in Hawaii is fantastic: morning snorkeling missions before the conference started, » Read More
Every PhD student dreads Qualifying Exams, the big checkpoint en route to the dissertation. In Berkeley’s college of engineering, they have particular weight: as there isn’t a thesis defense, the 3-hour oral Qualifying Exams is the one big check on your research progress. » Read More