Hello โœŒ๏ธ

I’m half British ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and half Belgian ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช. I went to university in Toulouse, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท. My academic ๐ŸŽ“ background is a mix of math ๐Ÿงฎ, economics ๐Ÿ’ธ, and computer science ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ. Fun fact: I got hooked into data science in 2014 after watching Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill nerding it out in Moneyball โšพ

At present I’m Head of Data at Carbonfact, where we measure the carbon footprint of clothing items ๐Ÿƒ. Before that I worked for Alan, a health insurance company. My PhD topic was about applying machine learning – Bayesian networks ๐Ÿฆ‘ in particular – to query optimisation in relational databases ๐Ÿค–. My current areas of interest revolve around online machine learning ๐Ÿฅ, document processing ๐Ÿ”ฌ, as well as tooling and good practices for data analytics ๐Ÿ“Š and engineering ๐Ÿ“ฆ

I enjoy programming and maintaining open-source projects. In particular, I co-created River ๐ŸŒŠ, an online machine learning library written in Python ๐Ÿ. I’m a Kaggle competitions Master ๐Ÿ† and take an interest in competitive data science. I also get a kick out of writing blog posts and occasionally giving talks ๐Ÿค“

Besides work, I like to spend time reading ๐Ÿ“š, watching movies ๐Ÿฟ, cycle touring ๐Ÿšฒ, juggling ๐Ÿคน, playing frisbee ๐Ÿฅ, looking at – and sometimes making – modern art, and cooking ๐Ÿฒ – my signature dish is lasagna ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น. My favorite snack is a peanut butter ๐Ÿฅœ and banana ๐ŸŒ sandwich and my go-to beer is Guinness โ˜˜๏ธ. I have a brother who’s into physics and operating systems loads of stuff. My mother runs a quirky restaurant/shop in the French countryside called the Ziboinboin ๐Ÿช…

Do feel free to send me an email at maxhalford25@gmail.com if you want to get in touch ๐Ÿค