Tomas Pfister
Researcher (Deep Learning/Computer Vision) - Entrepreneur


I'm an Oxbridge computer science & artificial intelligence PhD with an entrepreneurial spark.

I'm passionate about computing, so I went on to major in computer science at Cambridge. Then I got attracted by AI, and went on to do a PhD in computer vision/deep learning at Oxford with Prof Andrew Zisserman (on human pose and gesture recognition in videos).

I'm particularly attracted to moonshots: high-risk high-reward tech projects that tackle socially important problems.

Before taking up the position at Oxford, I started a new line of computer vision research into recognising facial micro-expressions (very short facial expressions that can be used for lie detection), resulting in a patent and lots of press. I have also interned with Google in Mountain View, CA, and have worked as the chief data scientist with a startup to take many cool product ideas from conception to launch, and consult in computer vision & deep learning.

In my spare time I fly (I'm training for my private pilot license), play piano and ride horses :)

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