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About Me

I'm a Machine Learning engineer working for Klarna in Stockholm, Sweden. I work in the AI & Automation group, where we are tackling the problem of web automation at scale.

Prior to this, I completed my PhD in Astrophysics in 2018. I worked on a wide range of topics in astronomy, machine learning and statistics.


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First Author Publications

Accuracy of inference on the physics of binary evolution from gravitational-wave observations
Jim W. Barrett, Sebastian M. Gaebel, Coenraad J. Neijssel, Alejandro Vigna-Gómez, Simon Stevenson, Christopher P. L. Berry, Will M. Farr, Ilya Mandel

Exploring the Parameter Space of Compact Binary Population Synthesis
Jim W. Barrett, Ilya Mandel, Coenraad J. Neijssel, Simon Stevenson, Alejandro Vigna-Gomez

Other Publications

On the formation history of Galactic double neutron stars
Alejandro Vigna-Gómez, Coenraad J. Neijssel, Simon Stevenson, Jim W. Barrett, Krzysztof Belczynski, Stephen Justham, Selma E. de Mink, Bernhard Müller, Philipp Podsiadlowski, Mathieu Renzo, Dorottya Szécsi, Ilya Mandel

Optimizing spectroscopic follow-up strategies for supernova photometric classification with active learning
E. E. O. Ishida, R. Beck, S. Gonzalez-Gaitan, R. S. de Souza, A. Krone-Martins, J. W. Barrett, N. Kennamer, R. Vilalta, J. M. Burgess, B. Quint, A. Z. Vitorelli, A. Mahabal, E. Gangler

Aldebaran b's temperate past uncovered in planet search data
Will M. Farr, Benjamin J. S. Pope, Guy R. Davies, Thomas S. H. North, Timothy R. White, Jim W. Barrett, Andrea Miglio, Mikkel N. Lund, Victoria Antoci, Mads Fredslund Andersen, Frank Grundahl, Daniel Huber

Formation of the first three gravitational-wave observations through isolated binary evolution
Simon Stevenson, Alejandro Vigna-Gomez, Ilya Mandel, Jim W. Barrett, Coenraad J. Neijssel, David Perkins, Selma E. de Mink

Conference Activity:

17-18/10/2018 - Nordic Data Science and Machine Learning Summit - Stockholm, Sweden - Invited Speaker
10-15/06/2018 - International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) - Stockholm, Sweden, Attended
30/10/2017 - Visiting Academic - Amsterdam, Netherlands
20-27/08/2017 - COIN Residency Program - Clermont-Ferrand, France - Participant
09-12/08/2017 - KAVLI Summer School - Copenhagen, Denmark - Visited
26-30/06/2017 - EWASS - Prague, Czechia - Poster
19-21/06/2017 - PEN Emulators Workshop - Leeds, UK - Attended
03-07/04/2017 - SAMSI workshop on Population Emulation - North Carolina, USA - Talk
14/12/2016 - BEAR Conference - Birmingham, UK - Talk
20-24/10/2016 - IAU Symposium 325 on Astroinformatics - Sorrento, Italy - Poster, Proceedings
16-20/10/2016 - ADASS 2016 - Trieste, Italy - Poster
05-08/09/2016 - ICIC Workshop on Bayesian Data Analysis - Imperial College, UK - Attended
30/08/2016 - 01/09/2016 - CRISM Masterclass on Sparse Regression - Warwick, UK - Poster
22-24/06/2016 - Intractable Likelihood (i-Like) Workshop - Lancaster, UK - Poster
07/06/2016 - Birmingham Astrophysics Science Jamboree - Birmingham, UK - Poem
11/02/2016 - Corpus Statistics Group Launch - Birmingham, UK - Attended
15/12/2015 - BEAR Conference - Birmingham, UK - Talk
14-18/12/2015 - BigWaves School - Birmingham, UK - Attended
26/10/2015 - IMPACT Conference - Nottingham, UK - Talk
20-22/05/2015 - Intractable Likelihood (i-Like) Workshop - Bristol, UK - Poster
20-21/04/2015 - BritGrav - Birmingham, UK - Attended
06/02/2015 - IMPACT Conference - Warwick, UK - Poster
08/10/2014 - IMPACT Conference - Birmingham, UK - Attended
22-26/09/2014 - BigWaves School - Birmingham, UK - Attended


$20000 Grant Recipient - Microsoft Azure for Research
Best Student Presentation - BEAR Conference 2015
Finalist - I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here!
Best Talk - Birmingham Astrophysics Science Jamboree 2016

Teaching Activity:

Yr1 Undergraduate - Introduction to Computing (C++) - Demonstrating - 2014/15, 2015/16
Yr2 Undergraduate - Mathematics for Physicists - Problem Sheet Marking - 2014/15
Yr3 Undergraduate - Introduction to C++ - Demonstrating and Marking - 2015/16
Yr3 Undergraduate - Object-Oriented Programming with C++ - Demonstrating - 2016/17
Masters Level - C++ for Finance - Teaching Assistant - 2016/17

Outreach Activity:

Villiers Park Residential Course on Astrophysics - Course Tutor (09/2017)
Year 10 Work Experience - Project Supervisor (07/2016)
Access to Birmingham (A2B) Mentor (07/2016)
I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! (03/2016)
Access to Birmingham (A2B) Mentor (08/2015)
UoB School Induction Day (07/2015)