Zac Hatfield-Dodds is a researcher in the 3A Institute, building 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 Australian National University, 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 maintains or contributes to a variety of open source projects, focusing on software correctness, data science, and community praxis. 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.