Alasdair Allan

I get bored easily. I started my career doing research into the high-energy physics of collision shocks in the accretion disks surrounding white dwarf stars, but gradually drifted sideways into playing with the toys. After spending some time working with agent-based systems to solve scheduling problems for robotic telescopes I became interested in machine learning, and what later became known as Big Data. From there I spent time investigating the “data exhaust” and data living outside the cloud inside embedded and distributed devices, and as a consequence did a lot of work on mobile systems. Which led me to do some of the initial thinking, and work, on what’s now known as the Internet of Things. All of this made some sort of sense at the time.

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