Hello world! Collaborating and advising is not easy so I try to keep the flow of information and tasks efficient. Please read below if you work with me or intend to.
The first principle to understand is that we are mortals. This has implications for how we should use our time.
Doing research, like any serious cognitive task, often requires blocks of uninterrupted time for deep work. I try my best to protect my time, so please be considerate.
To allow for more time for deep work, I try to avoid meetings. If they need to happen, I try to schedule them in blocks early in the week, and to keep them short and efficient. If you want to meet me, please schedule a meeting during my office hours: exclusive for PUC-Rio students or not.
I am also an enthusiast of digital minimalism (and I think you should be too!). I believe technology can be immensely useful and powerful, but it can also hurt our productivity, our relationships, and even democracies. Let's make wise use of it.
Effectively coordinating work between multiple people can be tricky, but there are useful tools and practices I expect my collaborators to adopt.
If there is a time-sensitive issue that needs my attention, or if I am the bottleneck for a given task, please don't hesitate to remind me. I will not be offended or irritated -- quite the opposite, I will be grateful.
Doing research is not easy, so plenty of good advice has been written about it. I have my own list here.
For any student working with me (advisees, RAs), I expect you to adopt the best practices in software development. The initial fixed learning cost pays off very quickly.
Please carefully read:
This is a note for PUC-Rio students who would like me to advise their reseach. Importantly, none of the following is set in stone. Different types of advising relationships work best for different students. If you would like me to be your advisor, come talk to me, and we can discuss what would work best for you.
Note that I may refuse advising students if I have hit capacity and/or if our interests do not match (I have broad interests though!).
Each advisee should have a minute (on Drive) shared with me.
I am happy to write letters of recommendation to students and RAs I have interacted with. If you would like a letter from me, please send me a package with:
Please don't hesitate to send me reminders as your deadlines approach. I am usually good with keeping track, but it could be that for some reason I am especially busy at the time.