Thanks for the support everyone. Let's have some hard questions to finish off the week!
I went to a school in Brisbane, Australia between 1988 and 1992.
I went to the University of Queensland, where I studied Computer Systems Engineering
I’ve worked for the military, at MIT, for railway and construction companies.
I’m a research and teaching fellow. That means I research and I teach.
If you die in a car crash or a nuclear meltdown, you are just as dead either way. Why are people more scared of one thing than another? Why do we pay so much attention to the nuclear power plant in Japan, and not as much attention to the trains and cars that crashed in the same earthquake?
These are hard questions, and they are somewhere between engineering science (how people build things, social science (how people act in groups), and psychology (how people think).
Experiments are hard, because people wouldn’t like it if you started crashing planes and blowing people up as part of your research.
My Typical Day:
This week my twitter feed at @dioptre is following my daily activity for #IAS2011.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I want to make an online game for students to design the safest machine with a fixed amount of virtual money to buy parts.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
skeptic, left-handed, midfielder
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I once held a bully over a balcony.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I would write a book that would be read and loved by every generation, I would live to see humans colonise other solar-systems, I would have a lot of money.
Tell us a joke.
Swap a word for the word “pants” in lines from movies, particularly Star Wars. It’s the joke that keeps on giving.