Profile: Gavin Shaw

Personal background
Name: Gavin Shaw

Age: Not telling you. But was born on the 8th December. Guess which year...

Country: Australia. That's right I'm from the 'land down under'.

Occupation: Postgrad Research Student at the Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Information Technology. Currently undertaking a PhD in data mining/information retrieval in the areas of association rule mining, recommender systems and evaluating their results.

Hobbies: I enjoy sci-fi (Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Stargate, Battlestar etc) and fantasy books/movies. Enjoy astronomy, but can not afford my own telescope yet and I live too close to the city to get a good sky. Computers and related tech also interest me (as well as computer games such as strategy and first-person including SEIV, SEV, Starfleet Command, Starfury, C&C, Diablo II, Halo 1/2/3, TA, I'm hoping to borrow some newer ones from my brother soon).

Have a wonderful and lovely girlfriend (see the picture above). She is also a postgrad research student in the same faculty as me. We are planning to take a another trip to China together with my family in Sep 2008.

Made you look people (and you know who you are). Until the link in the BOTD thread is removed all you get to look at is the ship.

Something I believe in: Never surrender and never give up. In the darkest hour there is always hope.

No matter what happens if you try you can succeed. Don't surrender into despair or darkness. Fight all the way and you can succeed.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Why run SETI? Simple. Find aliens (or proof of their existence). I enjoy space so it is right in my field and I want to contribute. I remember back with Classic running units that would take 100 hours to complete on a P1 133Mhz machine with 32MB RAM.

Views about the project? They do a pretty decent job with what resources they have. I used to only work on Seti units, but after the big server death/crash I have gone to other places and contribute a little here and there. But Seti still gets over 90% of my combined resources.
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