Kyle Saltmarsh

👨‍💻 Work

I am currently working as a robotics engineer at Woodside Energy. Our team is working on deployment of robotic systems across our oil and gas facilities for surveillance and manipulation. Its awesome, reach out if you are interested.

👨‍🎓 Education

As an undergraduate I studied Physics, Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. I am now (still) writing my thesis for my PhD in submarine vibration for the sonar systems team at Defence Science and Technology for the Australian Navy. Never start work before you finish your PhD, take it from me. Once I have finished my thesis my goal is to publish a paper at ICML in the field of robot learning.

🎤 Public Speaking

I love public speaking for every occasion, except at a funeral. I am lucky to be the president of a Rostrum public speaking club in Perth, reach out to me if you would like to join. We are a bunch of wierdos, it's great. My goal is to do a TedX talk before I am 30.

🧗‍ Hobbies

  • Basketball - Some might say that being white, software development and basketball do not go hand in hand, and they would be right. I am not the best but I love it and I religiously watch the NBA.
  • Rock climbing - I think rock climbing is the best solo sport someone can do. Good for the body, the mind, overcoming your fears and constantly surprising yourself with what you can achieve. Outdoor trips to date have been Margaret River (Western Australia) and Blue Mountains (New South Whales).
  • Magic - This is why I am not good at basketball. They just do not overlap. Card tricks are my thing, I own approximately 40 decks of playing cards.
  • Stand Up - I do some amateur comedy (very amateur) which is by far the most terrifying thing I do. I love it though, no better feeling than making other people laugh.

🌏 Travel

Here are the countries I have been to. After putting it on a map it kind of makes me want to go to Russia just for the surface area payoff.

📖 Books

Here are the books that I would recommend.

  • Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins - A book that leaves you thinking that you have no excuses to not push yourself to your absolute limits to achieve your goals.
  • How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life by Russ Roberts - Many people know the Wealth of Nations, but 16 years earlier Adam smith wrote the Theory of Moral Sentiments because he believed that before he could understand economics, he had to understand people. Love this book and it is amazing how timeless it is.
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman - The best behavioural psychology book I have read. Gives an understanding on how our brains work, why we think and act the way we do, the biases we have and how to be aware of them. He won the Nobel prize for this work so I guess don't take my word for it.
  • Wait But Why by Tim Urban - My absolute favourite blogger which inspired a lot of my style in my own. He is now Elon Musk's personal blogger and his series on SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink are awesome.
  • 12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson - Controversial? Eh, I love Jordan Peterson. Give him 20 minutes of non pre-biased listening and I think it is quite evident that everything he hopes to achieve in life is an elevated level of happiness in as many people that he can.