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Hello, world! I am Rashif, [0] and it seems you have found my bare-bones “website”. I am sorry for the utterly plain design, but it is still a work-in-progress (WIP) due to something called “busy schedule” and “real life”. This page exists thanks to the ease of Git and Github.

I will try to be quick so you can move along, although I tend to be very wordy, owing to my habits as a has-been wordsmith and “grammar Nazi”. If it matters, I have been personality-typed consistently as an “ENTJ”, [1] but I am not very sure how well I’ll do leading people or running a business.

What I am these days is a Computer Science practitioner, in a sub-discipline of artificial intelligence (AI) called “knowledge representation and reasoning”, or simply KRR. On the Internet, some applied form of what I do is also known as the Semantic Web, Web 3.0 and Knowledge Graphs. [2] I work at a startup [3] wearing multiple hats, so a clear definition of role is difficult. [4]

Aside from ontology engineering my primary function is to figure out patterns in texts, structure them into a machine-readable form, and determine practically everything else needed to code/build (primarily in Java) a modern software- or web-based intelligent agent based on a “top-down” symbolic AI approach. So, mostly, knowledge engineering.

It all started thanks to my Computer Science MSc at the University of Leicester (UK) [5] and a stint with a European stealth FinTech/RegTech [6] startup, which supported my thesis and grew into an awesome full-time engagement and friendship with the founder. [7] Fun fact: we are a truly remote, distributed team.

Yes, that means I “work from home” or “work online”, but it is not entirely correct. A lot of my work is offline, on pencil and paper, not unlike the situation of many other computer scientists or software engineers. The Internet and the Web helps us collaborate and communicate very easily.

This is “telecommuting” (US) or “teleworking” (Europe) of the 21st century, and has existed since before the Internet. In my free time I moonlight as a computing mentor on Codementor, [8] where the mentoring or tutoring happens in real-time live screensharing, voice call or video sessions along with a code window. So, online.

I would not be complete without mentioning my long-time non-profit position as developer of a Linux distribution, Arch Linux, [9] where I (used to but for some time no longer actively) maintain niche packages such as for (semi-)professional audio. [10] This is what you would know as “open-source contribution”, which also happens completely online.

It is very sad that a modern website of a computing professional will be so text-heavy. I really apologize for this and have tried very hard to stop myself from writing anymore gibberish.

Abrupt end.

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Footnotes:

[0] Or schiv, schivmeister and Ray (but this now conflicts with the name of my younger brother).

[1] The Jung Typology Test

[2] A YouTube video on Semantic Web and a ZDNet Article on Knowledge Graphs

[3] Fimantic on LinkedIn

[4] Officially, it would be “Knowledge Engineer”, and sometimes “Tech Lead”. In terms of a title, it would be “CTO”, but at an early-stage startup titles mean very little.

[5] Website of the University of Leicester

[6] Short forms for financial technology and regulatory technology.

[7] Founder of Fimantic on LinkedIn

[8] Get help on Codementor or hire on Codementor (use my referrals for a faster onboarding experience)

[9] Website of Arch Linux

[10] I am also a has-been musician and post-production audio engineer.