Me

Taco de Wolff

It's all I Taco 'bout

About me

I am a physicist who enjoys working on a wide range of topics and research. Currently I am working at the math department at the University of Chile in Santiago. Here I work on machine learning research and applications, notably the use of Gaussian Processes on a broad range of data. Last year I’ve worked at the bio-engineering department in Auckland, New Zealand, where we’ve worked with CT-scans of lungs from humans and animals to perform finite element analysis and simulations. Additionally, I do a lot of programming work and I occasionally give tech talks. My interests also extend to exploring macroeconomics and geopolitical ideas, as well as learning new languages and encountering new cultures. I’m an avid kiteboarder riding at spots around the world as much as I can!

Graduated in January 2018 from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, I am a master in Physics. My bachelor’s thesis was about growing graphene on copper foil and for my master’s I have specialized into materials research and worked on copper nanoparticle sputtering to create hydrophobic surfaces. Additionally, in Florian√≥polis, Brazil, I’ve worked on modelling material deposition using a laser cladding setup with applications in the aerospace industry.

As a programmer, I work as an experienced consultant in programming languages such as Go, PHP, C#, and others, and develop applications for clients. In the mean time I’ve worked on an assortment of applications and libraries, such as a very fast minifier for web file formats and canvas a 2D vector drawing library with research-backed implementations on flattening and arc length approximations for example.

Languages and fluency

Publications

Gaussian process imputation of multiple financial series

Universidad de Chile, February 2020

MOGPTK: The Multi-Output Gaussian Process Toolkit

Universidad de Chile, February 2020

Volume and postural effects on tissue density distribution and tissue mechanics in the porcine lung

University of Auckland, January 2020

Model-based academic dismissal policies; a case-study from the Netherlands

University of Groningen, December 2018

Wetting of Copper Nanoparticles covered Silicon/Copper surfaces

Master Thesis, University of Groningen, May 2017

Graphene CVD growth procedure optimization

Bachelor Thesis, University of Groningen, July 2011