Rob Fatland

My career has centered on technology in earth science. Today that story has three central themes: Data science, cloud computing and embedded technology.

0000.003

Cloud computing is at once familiar and new. It is the compute platform we know: Desktop, database, HPC cluster, Server, … but the new power of the cloud is the combination of scale, ubiquity and intelligence.

DSC_5014

As the implications of climate change come into focus we increasingly cross domains into each other’s back yards.  Oceans to biology to technology to software and hardware development; thence on to governance, to policy, to resource management. Seven billion back yards, or just one.

BoatMotes 053

Embedded technology (‘Internet Of Things’) is the other end of the scale story, the leaves on the tree.  Low cost, low power, high data yield, high data variety, rapid prototyping: All good news but still dependent upon the cloud.

Education

  • Ph.D. 1998

    Geophysics

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • BS 1987

    Physics

    Caltech

Positions

  • Present2010

    Senior Research Program Manager

    Microsoft Research

  • 20102006

    Program Manager

    Microsoft

  • 20061998

    Research Scientist

    Vexcel

  • 19931987

    Engineer/Developer

    JPL/Nasa

Data is never acquired in a form in which it can be used and understood.