Zac Hatfield-Dodds is a Researcher at the Australian National University’s 3A Institute, which aims to build a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology, and their impact on humanity.
He holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with first-class honours from the ANU, where he studied a wide range of topics including computer science, moral and political philosophy, and environmental and social sciences. His honours thesis described Indigenous calendars and linked traditional knowledge to weather observations to better characterise tropical seasonal patterns.
Zac is also an experienced programmer. In previous roles, he has designed, implemented, and supported data analysis and reporting pipelines for stakeholders at multi-terabyte scale, taught both theory and practice of supercomputing for environmental sciences, and published several visualisation and performance upgrades in scientific Python packages. He still maintains and contributes to a variety of open source projects, focusing on software correctness, data science, and community praxis, which are available on his GitHub.