I am Mia von Steinkirch,
  • a Software Engineering Manager & Scientist at the Quantum Gravity Research Institute. My team and I are developing high-performance numerical simulations to develop an Emergent Topological Quantum Neural Network theory, which includes applying Deep Learning techniques to uncover the spacetime substrate.
  • a regular surfer, snowboarder and skateboarder, chasing waves and slopes around the Earth whenever I can.
  • a drone videographer, creating some aerial art around the Earth whenever I can.

Previously, I was:
  • a Senior Software Engineer at Surfline, where I wrote a clip rewind software which uses AWS's Lambda Function + SQS + SNS infrastructure to create clips from 500+ surf cameras around the world so that surfers can see their surfed waves :). I also designed a machine learning infrastructure for Surf Science.
  • a Senior Infrastructure Software Engineer at Etsy, where I created an infrastructure using OSQuery and Elastalert to inspect and detect security anomalies in the fleet. I also designed a machine learning infrastructure for analyzing that security data.
  • a Senior Software Engineer at Apple, where I created a couple of software to help with Apple's internal security and I also helped developing Apple's Deep Learning toolkit in CUDA, for richer data augmentation for image recognition.
  • a Software Engineer at Yelp, where I created a machine learning software to help detecting DNS and other security endpoints security.
  • a PhD graduate researcher at a Los Alamos National Laboratory, where I developed Monte Carlo simulations and data analysis to find the Physics of Neutron Stars.
  • a PhD graduate researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where I researched the Physics of Quark-Gluon Plasmas.
  • a undergraduate researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where I studied the Physics of Active Galactic Nuclei.

I went to Stony Brook University to have my PhD in Physics and Astrophysics. I went to the University of Sao Paulo to have my BSc in Physics. I have presented at scientific conferences such as the American Astronomical Society and the CERN Winter School. I am also an Recurse Center'14 alumni (former Hacker School), an HPC Xsede Summer School '13 alumni, and a CERN Winter School '09 alumni. I have been hacking, coding, and Linuxing since high school. Then I went to DEF CON and fell in love with hacking this Matrix. I presented a talk on quantum ♄ cryptography at the Cryptovillage once.

My book on Python and Algorithms has been used by many around the world. In 2017, I signed with Hanbit Media, Inc. to have it translated to Korean. My book on Group Theory is now used as a text book by graduate students around the planet, including at CALTECH (at least, that's what Prof. Maria Spiropulu told me). I also have an e-book on Quantum Field Theory, you know, what they research at Large Colliders :). I have several articles published in renowned Nuclear, Astrophysics, and Cosmology journals and conferences. I also have tons of whitepapers and tutorials and open source projects on machine learning, algorithms, computer vision, astrophysics, computer security, particles physics, etc. Science is fun!


  • If you are a physicist, this is the singularity I am talking about. If you are a computer scientist, then it is this. They are equally fascinating. ☺
  • My PGP: 145A 15D9 3393 4416 F7EA 0B9E E26F 1C8E 27D9 8506.
  • License: This blog is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 license.
  • The pictures in this blog were selected from reddit cyberpunk and my favorite graphic novels, games, and movies (I do not own their copyright).
  • Impossible is just another state of mind.
  • Treat everything you perceive as a dream.
  • Kindness is wisdom.