Howdy. My name is Thiago, I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I currently work at Google in Mountain View. Between then and now, this is more or less what happened:
(And, obviously, the plot goes up and to the right.)
First, there were Lego blocks and a computer that you had to type your program from a book (in BASIC!) if you wanted to play a game since it had no permanent storage. Then there was much taking computers apart, putting them back together, and programming simple interactive adventures that never saw the light of day, back in the mid nighties when the web had its first boom.
Then, in 1999, I moved to the US to pursue my Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, with second major in Mathematics. From 2003 to 2005 I worked at the Sensory Communication and Microsystems Laboratory at JHU, where I did my Masters work interfacing address-event cameras and acoustic localization devices to wireless nodes, under the guidance of Andreas Andreou. In the period of 2005–2010, I pursued a PhD at Andreas Savvides’s Embedded Networks and Applications Lab (ENALAB) in Yale University. There, I developed a system composed of networked sensors with the intent to aid people in their homes and workplaces.
Soon after, I joined INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt working in Valérie Issarny’s ARLES team toward a smart middleware for the Internet of Things. I, then, started working as a software engineer at Google, more specifically in Carrie Grime’s Infrastructure Quantitative team, learning a lot about data analysis while building some fun visualization tools for internal use.
I am now at Google[x], Google’s applied research lab that specializes in “moonshot” ideas. I am working on something exciting and new that I'd love to tell you all about — but I can't. When the time comes, though, you'll be the first to know.