Came here looking for the other Buttfield-Addison? Paris can be found at hey.paris!
Hi I'm Mars! I'm a computer science and machine learning researcher, as well as a generalist tech freelancer and educator. I am currently doing a PhD in Computer Engineering at the University of Tasmania and CSIRO, where I work to adapt radio telescopes for spacecraft and space debris tracking. I live in Hobart, Tasmania and I look like this.
You can contact me at @TheMartianLife via: Email, Mastodon, Twitter, GitHub, GitLab, or LinkedIn.
You can also find a selection of my talk recordings on YouTube, or assess my suitability for media appearances on Scimex or STEM Women (Australia, Global) or through the Superstars of STEM program.
My day-to-day work is mostly programming, either for research, clients, or myself. Much of my professional work has been uncredited or is under NDAs, but my experience broadly covers:
I primarily code in C (including CUDA, OpenCL), C++, C#, Python, and Swift, and for teaching I use Java and Prolog. But I love learning new (and old) languages, and in my free time I write LaTeX packages for fun.
So far I have written two books:
I unfortunately had another book cancelled, after its topic project was sunset by Google without warning. And I was also a proud tech reviewer for the fantastic Swift Style, Second Edition by the equally fantastic Erica Sadun, for The Pragmatic Bookshelf.
I have recently begun consulting for news media on space debris and technology topics, including:
For research publications, see ORCiD 0000-0001-8512-2434
I have been a frequent speaker at tech events all over the world, including:
And on podcasts:
I also semi-regularly feature on the radio as an expert in technology-related topics, such as on ABC Hobart's Your Afternoon and Breakfast shows about myriad topics, and on 3RRR's Einstein-A-Go-Go for their 20 PhDs in 20 Minutes special.
I am an intermittent teaching assistant, tutor, and advisor at the University of Tasmania's School of Information, Communication and Technology, as well as an individual tutor through the Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education.
In this capacity, I have been responsible for teaching undergraduate Artificial Intelligence (KIT108) and Introduction to Data Science (KIT102), and am currently engaged as a unit design advisor for postgraduate Mobile Dev for Market (KIT614).
When my work schedule permits it, I also offer private tutoring in programming and computer science topics.
I am currently serving as an Executive Council Member for the AUC (fka. Apple University Consortium) and act as Conference Organiser for the annual /dev/world Apple developer community conference.
I also previously served as the Student Member Representative and Tasmanian Branch Executive Committee Member for the Australian Computer Society, where I was a founder of the annual Information Overload scholarship fundraiser.
In addition to these, I enjoy regular volunteering at tech and/or educational events—including participation in large-scale STEM outreach programs such as Young Tassie Scientists and Superstars of STEM.
I have received a number of awards, for both myself and projects I have worked on, spanning:
I am also the inventor on one patent, for an algorithm I developed while at Canva.
But it's not all work. I have other hobbies and interests too! For example:
Website design inspired by smushing together the styles of Darius Kazemi's Run your own social and Gilles Castel's Lecture notes. Written and drawn by hand.