Data Science & Artificial Intelligence. I’ve been fascinated with algorithms’ ability to extract information from data, ever since I was training as a mathematician at university. Later in my career, I have had the pleasure to add real business value with this information. Admittedly, this regularly did not involve complex algorithms – simple ideas often work well enough. As a professional, I always keep an eye out for promising new technologies, and for impactfull applications at the company I work for. I enjoy communicating about the potential of these technologies with stakeholders at all levels, from C-suite to operational level.
Sensors, Machines, Infra-structure, and Energy. I like working in engineering disciplines, where the ‘brainy things’ I was educated in meet real-world ‘physical things’. My hobby’s focus on creating items with my hands: ship modeling, leaded-glass artwork, and wood-working. I find that I’m most creative here, and that my curiosity is often triggered.
Sharing knowledge. Over time I’ve discovered that a great way to learn is by sharing my own knowledge. Why? Well, I meet lot’s of like-minded people when giving presentations, writing blogs, and casual coffee dates. Also, I often end up translating ideas and concepts from one domain to another. That requires me to take a step back and consider the questions: “suppose I don’t know this Thing, and my context/job/terminology is different from my own – how do start understanding that Thing?”. Besides learning about ‘The Thing’, I also grow in terms of communication and other people-skills.