A colleague has mentioned being surprised by how much my research is intertwined with my life. It is quite accurate, as I generally tend to apply whatever I learn to all facets of my life, and tend to start learning about a subject as soon as it becomes relevant.
One of the foremost ways in which this applies is my identity, as I am a part of slightly too many minorities. To name just some of them, I'm queer and non-binary, as well as physically disabled. This is the motivating factor for some of my research. It also has a few consequences.
First, I tend to go around in an electric scooter (which is very fun when you travel the world), so if you organise a conference and would like to invite me as a speaker please keep in mind that stairs are my nemeses. That said, I have traveled to more than 40 countries and lived in a few, including India, so I have a lot of experience navigating this kind of trouble.
Second, my current name is not the name my parents gave me and I generally go by the diminutive Kolia (and use neutral pronouns such as the singular they). I have used multiple names over the course of my life (which makes it a mess for paper indexation), and quite a few people know me as Koliaza (the K. in my middle initial) which was my pseudonym as a photograph and street artist (I used to play the keys in the street and with the Fanfarons de Paname).
Finally, I tend to be vocal when it comes to discrimination, so if you are planning panels entirely made up of men (or similar nonsense) I will not stay silent (but can generally provide names of qualified people to invite).
Code bits (which have a non-zero probability of working):
- The RSV simulator, an experiment to try to convince people of the legitimacy of sampling.
- My github with some old projects
- Archive for a dating site population simulator, comparing multiple systems like OkCupid
- Archive for a program computing the probability of a certain hand in MTG, with redraws
- Archive for a program computing probabilities of bad instances for DFLR
I am the creator and principal writer of an Interactive fiction set in NYC. It is still in development but will come out sooner or later (with O. Pivot's help).
My photography website (I had a few exhibits but slowed down when I got into ENS).