"As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was born on 19 October 1974 in Porto Alegre, but spent most of my childhood in my family hometown, Santo Antonio da Patrulha (both cities in southern Brazil). I studied Electrical Engineering with research in Physics during undergraduate school (1992-1997). I then worked as an Electronics Engineer for a Nuclear Medicine company (1997-2000). I returned to academia in 2000 to pursue a Master's degree in Computer Science, and I transferred into the PhD program in 2001. In 2003 I visited the University of Alberta for the research part of my PhD, after having completed the coursework in Brazil. In July 2004 I defended my thesis, entitled ''Graphical Models and Point Set Matching'', which was awarded the highest distinction. My studies in Brazil were carried out at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

After completing my PhD I spent 5 months as a postdoctoral researcher at the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning (AICML), and subsequently almost 10 years as a researcher at NICTA (now incorporated by CSIRO as Data61). During this period I also held adjunct academic positions at the ANU (and at UNSW for a shorter period). In September 2014, the startup I co-founded at NICTA, Ambiata, spun out. Currently I'm employed as Ambiata's Chief Scientist and also hold a Professorial appointment at the University of Sydney.