Experience

Exegetic AnalyticsFounder & Lead Data Scientist2008 - present
DataCampInstructor2018 - present
ToptalFreelance Data Scientist2016 - present
DerivcoData Scientist2015 - 2017
DerivcoGame Mathematician2013 - 2015
University of Bergen (Norway)Researcher2013 - 2014
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)Honorary Senior Lecturer2004 - 2015
South African National Space AgencySenior Researcher2010 - 2013
Hermanus Magnetic Observatory (HMO)Postdoctoral Researcher2006 - 2010
University of NatalAntarctic Research Fellow2001 - 2004
SCK·CEN (Belgium)Scientist2000 - 2001
Blue Star Consultants (Netherlands)Consultant1999 - 2000
Atomic Energy CorporationScientist1995 - 1999
Department of Environmental AffairsAntarctic Expedition Member1994 - 1995

More details of these positions can be found on my LinkedIn profile.

A selection of training courses I have given recently:

I also created the Machine Learning with Apache Spark course on DataCamp.

Conferences I have organised: satRday Johannesburg (2019) and satRday Cape Town (2018 and 2017).

Education

PhDSpace PhysicsRoyal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 2006
Thesis: VLF and ULF Waves Associated with Magnetospheric Substorms
LicentiateSpace PhysicsRoyal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 2004
Thesis: VLF Chorus Activity Associated with Substorm Particle Injections
MScPhysicsPotchefstroom University1998
Thesis: Application of a Hybrid Monte Carlo Method to Neutral Particle Transport in Slab Geometry
BSc (Honours)PhysicsUniversity of Natal1993
BScPhysics & MathematicsUniversity of Natal1992

Technical Skills

Fluent

  • R.
  • SQL.
  • Data Science; Data Analysis; Machine Learning; Web Scraping.
  • Linux, bash (and associated shell tools), regular expressions.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure.
  • Version Control and Git.
  • Training and mentoring.
  • Explaining complex topics to expert and lay audiences.

Competent

  • Python.
  • Spark.
  • Stan (with PyStan and RStan).
  • Django, Jekyll, Bootstrap, HTML, CSS and SASS.
  • Docker.
  • Continuous Integration.

Conversant

  • Julia, C, C++ and FORTRAN.
  • Tableau.
  • GIS.

Interests

My interests include: R, data, web development, running (road and trail), photography, gardening, food (especially garlic, capers and red wine).

Presentations

  • A. B. Collier, There will be Data: Scraping the Web with Python, PyConZA, Johannesburg, October 2019.
  • A. B. Collier, Better BASHing: How to get the most out of the shell, LinuxConf [ZA], Johannesburg, October 2019.
  • A. B. Collier, Web Scraping with Python, SQL Saturday, Cape Town, September 2019.
  • A. B. Collier, Web Scraping with R, SQL Saturday, Johannesburg, September 2019.
  • A. B. Collier, "Apache Spark #2: Structured Data, DataFrames & SQL", Durban- Artificial Intelligence Meetup, Durban, 15 July 2019.
  • A. B. Collier, "Apache Spark #1: Unstructured Data and RDDs", Durban- Artificial Intelligence Meetup, Durban, 27 May 2019.
  • A. B. Collier, "Deploying a Plumber API with Docker", satRday, Johannesburg, 6 April 2019.
  • A. B. Collier, "Automated Reporting", satRday, Paris, 23 February 2019.
  • A. B. Collier, "Automated Reporting", Lunch & Learn, Aldwych House WeWork, London, 21 February 2019.
  • A. B. Collier, "A Gentle Introduction to Bayesian Methods with Python", Breizh Data Day, Rennes, France, 19 October 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Bayesian Analysis in Python: A Starter Kit", PyCon, Johannesburg, 12 October 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Machine Learning with Python" (1 day workshop), PyCon, Johannesburg, 10 October 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Wading into Stream Analytics", SQL Saturday (Durban), 15 September 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Wading into Stream Analytics", SQL Saturday (Cape Town), 8 September 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Wading into Stream Analytics", SQL Saturday (Johannesburg), 1 September 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "First Steps with Stan", Derivco Brown Bag, 24 August 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Getting Started with Bayesian Techniques in Julia" (poster), JuliaCon, 9 August 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, Moderator for Storytelling With Data Science panel discussion hosted by Toptal, 26 July 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, and E. F. Collier, "Setting up WordPress with AWS", WordPress Jo'burg, 17 July 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Data Science in the Cloud: Getting Started", Berlin R Users Group, 10 July 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Interfacing R and Python", PyData (Berlin), 8 July 2018. [slides]
  • A. B. Collier, "Data Science in the Cloud: Getting Started", R-Ladies Cape Town, 19 June 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Taking the Bayesian Leap", eRum, Budapest, Hungary, 15 May 2018. [slides]
  • A. B. Collier, "Getting Involved with the R Community", RCCP eConversations, 20 April 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, Moderator for The Future of ICOs panel discussion hosted by Toptal, 11 April 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Data Science Productivity Hacks." satRday, Cape Town, South Africa, 17 March 2018. [slides]
  • A. B. Collier, "Running an Ethereum Node." Durban Ethereum Meetup, Derivco, Durban, South Africa, 31 January 2018.
  • A. B. Collier, "Hello Durban, tell me how you're doing!" Digifest, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2017.
  • A. B. Collier, and K. Tirok, "Introduction to R." (1 day workshop) Department of Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2017.
  • A. B. Collier, "Web Scraping with Python" (1 day workshop), PyCon, Cape Town, October 2017.
  • A. B. Collier, "Diagnosing the Long Distance Runner with Django, D3 and R." Bulgaria Web Summit, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017.
  • A. B. Collier, and P. Oxborrow, "Wordpress by Dummies," Derivco Brown Bag, 26 October 2016.
  • A. B. Collier, "#PredictiveAnalytics," Derivco Brown Bag, 25 May 2016.
  • A. B. Collier, and W. van Deventer, "Jungle Jim and the Hypergeometric Animations," Derivco Brown Bag, 10 April 2015.
  • A. B. Collier, "Innovation and Invention," Derivco Brown Bag, 12 March 2015.
  • A. B. Collier, "RNG: From Trinity to Table Games," Derivco Brown Bag, 30 September 2014.
  • A. B. Collier, "Lightning Activity Predictions for Single Buoy Moorings," in 58th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, Richard's Bay, South Africa, 2013.
  • A. B. Collier, "Clustering Lightning Discharges to Identify Storms", LIGHTS 2013 Conference, Johannesburg, 2013.
  • A. B. Collier, "Global Lightning Detection with WWLLN," in NASSP Colloquim, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, 2012.
  • A. B. Collier, J. Lichtenberger, C. J. Rodger, M. A. Clilverd, and B. Delport, "Possible Whistler Source Lightning from Correlations," in PLASMON Workshop, Hermanus, South Africa, 2012.
  • A. B. Collier, C. J. Rodger, M. A. Clilverd, and B. Delport, "Narrowband VLF Observations as Validation of Plasmaspheric Model," in 5th VERSIM Workshop, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012.
  • A. B. Collier, C. J. Rodger, M. A. Clilverd, J. Lichtenberger, and B. Delport, "Narrowband VLF Observations as Validation of Plasmaspheric Model (Invited)," in 39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Mysore, India, 2012.
  • A. B. Collier, "Lightning: From Radio Waves to Gamma Rays," Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011.
  • A. B. Collier, T. Gjesteland, and N. Østgaard, "Location of TGF Source Lightning," in XXVth IUGG General Assembly, 2011.
  • A. B. Collier, T. Gjesteland, and N. Østgaard, "Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flash Intensity Distribution," in XXXth URSI General Assembly, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011.
  • A. B. Collier, "VLF Waves as Instigators and Diagnostics of Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling," in 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Bremen, Germany, 2010.
  • A. B. Collier and A. R. W. Hughes, "Sinusoidal Variation of Lightning Activity Over Africa," in 55th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, Pretoria, South Africa, 2010.
  • A. B. Collier, J. Lichtenberger, and P. Steinbach, "Multivariate Techniques for Constructing Quiet Day Curves," in 4th VERSIM Workshop, Prague, Czech Republic, 2010.
  • A. B. Collier, "Principal Component Analysis of Sub-Ionospheric VLF Propagation Conditions," in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Ionospheric Radio Systems and Techniques, Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2009.
  • A. B. Collier, "Monitoring the Lower Ionosphere using AWESOME and UltraMSK," in IHY-Africa/SCINDA Workshop, Livingstone, Zambia, 2009.
  • A. B. Collier, J. Lichtenberger, and S. Bremner, "Principal Component Analysis of Sub-Ionospheric VLF Propagation Conditions," in 54th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, Durban, University of Durban-Westville, 2009.
  • A. B. Collier, J. Lichtenberger, A. R. W. Hughes, and C. J. Rodger, "Correlation Analysis of Dunedin Whistlers and Global Lightning," in 54th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, Durban, University of Durban-Westville, 2009.
  • A. B. Collier, A. R. W. Hughes, S. Bremner, B. Delport, J. Lichtenberger, G. McDowell, and C. J. Rodger, "Whistler-Lightning Correlations: Significant or Coincidence?," in Proceedings of the XXIX URSI General Assembly, Chicago, Illinois, 2008.
  • A. B. Collier, A. R. W. Hughes, J. Lichtenberger, and P. Steinbach, "Whistler-lightning correlations: tetrachoric index and similarity measures," in 3rd VERSIM Workshop, Tihany, Hungary, 2008.
  • A. B. Collier, "Seasonal and diurnal variations of lightning activity over Southern Africa," in 51st Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, University of the Western Cape, 2006.
  • A. B. Collier and T. Eriksson, "ULF pulsations, VLF chorus and the injection of energetic particles," in XXVIIIth URSI General Assembly, New Delhi, India, 2005.
  • A. B. Collier and A. R. W. Hughes, "Role of Anisotropy in the Simulation of Substorm Chorus Events," in EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly, Nice, France, 2003.
  • A. B. Collier and A. R. W. Hughes, "A Simple Model for Wave Growth Leading to Substorm Chorus Events," in 48th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, Stellenbosch, 2003.
  • A. B. Collier, "Modelling and Analysis of Substorm-Related Chorus Events Observed at SANAE," in URSI General Assembly, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2002.
  • A. B. Collier and A. R. W. Hughes, "SANAE Observations of Substorm-Related Chorus Events," in 46th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, University of Natal, Durban, 2001.
  • A. B. Collier, "Monte Carlo Transport Capabilities," in 43rd Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, 1998.
  • A. B. Collier, "Application of Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods to the One-Group Albedo Problem for a Half-Space with Anisotropic Scattering," in 42nd Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, University of Durban-Westville, Durban, 1997.
  • A. B. Collier, "Sampling Distance to Collision in Quasi-Monte Carlo Neutral Particle Transport," in Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Mathematical Methods and Supercomputing for Nuclear Applications, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1997.
  • A. B. Collier, "The Marion Island Conjugate Experiment," in 39th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, (University of Bophuthatswana), 1994.

Publications

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