Hey there! I am Justin, from Belgium. I am a fourth year (senior) student at the
University of Edinburgh (UoE) in Scotland dual majoring in
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. I work on "Simulation to Real" — which is the art of
training robots in a simulation — and on Reinforcement Learning in general. I also built a profitable SaaS business in
my spare time. My favorite book is Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter.
If you want a more conventional CV you can get it
I am doing my senior year at the Univeristy of Edinburgh
I am working on a new project related to differentiable programming and robotics.The elevator pitch that I used on Pioneer: "I am building a new kind of simulator to train AI for robots 1000x faster than the current methods. How? The simulator is differentiable."
I am growing my SaaS platform for notaries in Belgium. Check out
Easyscale.be if you are not afraid of landing pages written
in French. The product is basically automating a lot of tiresome processes that notaries clerk have to go
through. Me and my partner in crime (who is also my father) decided to build EasyScale after realising that
Excel spreadsheets (??!) are sold for thousands of euros a year to notaries (And they also suck).
I research Simulation to Real which is the process of training robots in simulation (fast and
cheap) and then transferring their learned behaviours to real machines (expensive and slow). I believe
Differentiable Programming is a huge step forward when it comes to accelerating Reinforcement Learning and I am
currently investigating building a differentiable rigid body simulator and raytracer.
I am working on Clearcall with my good friends
Jay Yeung and
The elevator pitch: "Clearcall is an AI platform that puts your customer support on autopilot when your team is sleeping.
We understand the problems of your customers, automate repetitive processes, and collect the information your support agents need to assist them."
🚀 What have I done in the past?
I worked at @SizigiStudios as a Research
Sizigi is a tech startup which is building generative models at scale. My intern project,
WaifuLabs.com, got more than 1M users in less than a month.
I went to 11 hackathons — Weekend long Computer Science/Product competitions where people code
cool projects — and won 8 of them. Expand the dropdown to get more details!
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This is a summary of my Devpost (Devpost is a website where you can showcase your Hackathon projects)
Our team built a learning platform which allows lecturers to transform their classroom into an accessible one
(with focus on deaf students) while requiring minimal effort on their side. Our project was functional, novel
and made sense business-wise as Universities spend a ridiculous amount of money on sign language interpreters
and captionists. The YC partners liked the idea and had us pitch, along with 8 out of 97 other teams, in front
of the judges and participants.
Tech: Electron, React, React-Native, Firebase, Google Cloud.
Junction (Helsinki 2019):
Winner of the Ericsson challenge
Our team built an agent controlling a fleet of self driving cars. Winners of the challenge had to satisfy the request of the most amount of customers in a restricted period of time.
Our algorithm blew away all the other algorithms by making more points than rest of them together.
Tech: Python, a verry messy max flow algorithm, A*.
Hack the Burgh (Edinburgh, 2018): Winner of the Morgan Stanley challenge
Our team built a bot whose goal was to play a Doom (one of the first FPS) multiplayer free-for-all game
against other teams' bot. The winner was determined based on the number of kills at the end of a 5min game.
Our bot won the tournament. Our approach was heavily based on trigonometry and rules which were executed after
being ranked according to their "usefulness" based on the current situation.
StudentHack VI (Manchester, 2018): 1st Prize (Global winner)
importantly, fun! The game received high engagement from participants even after the hackathon.
Tech: React, Boardgame.io, Node.
MLH Prime (Bloomberg, London, 2017): Funniest Hack
We worked on a Long Short Term Memory Neural Network whose mission was to generate rap lyrics. We built an
iPhone app which queried our ANN and "sang" using AWS Polly.
Tech: AWS, Swift, Python, Tensorflow.
StudentHack V (Manchester, 2017): Best Game
Our team built a multiplayer VR game using Unity. We used Go to write a multi-threaded web-socket sever.
Tech: Unity, Go, WebSocket, C#.
Do you have the guts? (Glasgow, 2016): 1st Prize
Our team built a procedural planet generator in Unity.
Tech: Unity, C#.
StackHacks (St Andrews, 2016): Best tool for developers (Sponsored by Github)
We built a productivity app for developers using Meteor and React.
Tech: Meteor, React.
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Automated Anomaly Detection in Medical Data using Generative Adversarial Networks at Nanyang
Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Generative Adversarial Networks or GANs are the hot new topic in
machine learning and I wanted to see if I could use GANs to detect anomalies in electroencephalograms (EEG). NTU
gave me a very proprietary dataset of brain readings (EEG) of epileptic patients for me to experiment with. You
can read the complete report here:
I went from knowing almost nothing about Deep Learning to getting a position in AI Research in less than a
I learned a few tricks along the way on how to learn solid background skills and how to not fail miserably at
transitioning from taking tutorials and classes to doing real world research. I'll write about it here soon!
Email me if you want more details or want to get some advice on how to pull that off yourself.
When mode collapsed GANs were driving me too crazy at NTU I started learning Reinforcement Learning
(Checkout the list of papers I read and my notes
here). I quickly got frustrated with the lack of "gluing" frameworks between the good Deep Learning toolkits like
PyTorch and TensorFlow and the good simulation libraries like OpenAI Gym and Mujoco. I thus decided to write
Bezos, a reinforcement learning framework that you can actually understand and extend for your own use cases.
I received the Edinburgh Award (Enterprise) for my entrepreneurial activities in my sophomore year at UoE
Last updated September 15, 2019
⭐️ Funny things about me
I am really obsessed with reading a lot. A while ago I built up the habit of reading after lunch. My friends in
Singapore made fun of me for a few weeks when they discovered I would religiously read at 1pm everyday but I
somehow managed to convince them to join. After a few months, our lunch reading club had grown to a double digit
I read (almost) everything written by Brandon Sanderson. If you want to get into fiction but cannot go through
more than two chapters of any non Young Adult fiction book this is for you. Great style, amazing characters,
insane world building. My personal favorite - Also the fiction book that I gift the most - is the
Way of Kings
After reading a lot of ancient Stoic books and letters, I found out that Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor
(literally the most powerful person on earth during his lifetime) slept on the ground multiple days a week to
stay humble and get used to physical discomfort. I decided to do the same for a few months and sleep on the
floor — just on top of a yoga mat and without a pillow — during the week and in my actual bed during the
weekend. Only one friend joined me for that experiment.
I did not speak for twelve days straight during a meditation retreat.
Off topic, to read my blog posts (like the Pioneer one) a few weeks before I publish them, you can provide your email below. I'm releasing how to get Y Combinator interviews, build a Software as a Service empire, and learn Reinforcement Learning by yourself. I only email once every three months.
If you do not want to receive emails but still want to be notified with new posts from me, follow me on Twitter @JustinGlibert
I hope that my not very humble flex gave you more context about who I am and what I like to work on. Once again, if you want to collaborate on anything I mentioned or if you want more details on any of those experiences and projects, email me at email@example.com