Mootoovaloo Arrykrishna

Profile Picture ArrykrishnaI grew up in the northern part of Mauritius. I studied at Royal College Port-Louis for my HSC (High School Certificate) and I was then enrolled for a full-time undergraduate study in Physics with Computing at the University of Mauritius. Afterwards, I joined University of Cape Town for my MSc in Astrophysics and Space Science under the SA-SKA bursary scheme.

What inspired you to study science, and astrophysics?

When I was very young, I used to help my parents in our shop. I was very good at numbers and I was also very curious when I would see my father on the construction site. He used to do the calculations easily and he was very well organised. I was impressed. So I would wonder about the physical processes behind constructing a building. My father wanted me to become a structural and civil engineer but I wanted to become a “methodical and general” explorer. Here I am exploring the Universe using Statistics and Computing.

Do you have a role model in science?

There have been several people who have inspired me to study Physics and Computing. They have always guided me and I am fortunate to be among them.

A quote that inspires you?

You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.” – Steve Jobs

Research interests

Machine Learning, Bayesian Inference and Radio Astronomy

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