Nicholas Helke
London

Key Skills

Technical Skills

I am proficient in Java, C, C++, Objective-C, Scala and Go. Additionally I have completed assignments in Javascript, Python, Ada, Haskell, Prolog and Fortran. I used to build websites using Ruby on Rails.

Personal Skills

Having lived and been to school in New York, Vienna and Geneva, I am fluent in English, French and German and at home in multicultural communities.

Education

Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud (HEIG-VD), Switzerland.

Bachelor of Science (BSc), Computer Science, Software Engineering, 2010 – 2013.

Thesis title: A New Completely Decentralized Communication System Over IP.
Mark awarded for thesis: 6/6 (equivalent to a First).
Overall mark: 5/6 (equivalent to a First or a strong 2:1).
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

Computer Science, 2008 – 2010.

Ecole des Arches, Switzerland.

Swiss Matriculation Certificate, Advanced Maths, Chemistry & Biology and History, 2007 – 2008.

Projects

ReversiOS

A reversi application for iOS 4 with a Minimax based AI. In order to not waste resources on the device, the programme used a modified Minimax which would hold on to the relevant subtree of the sparse decision tree after a turn.

Ingenium

Together with three fellow students I worked on an Objective-C OS X programme using genetic algorithms (mainly survival of the fittest) to improve weightings of parameters of Minimax based AIs.

Suivi de situation

I was one of the principal developers of a prototype crisis mapping programme for the Swiss Civil Protection Agency to collaboratively map casualties, resources, etc. in realtime over a LAN even without a connection to the internet. To provide max- imal compatibility, the programme was distributed in the form of a self-contained JAR offering up a HTML/JavaScript based interface to any browsers on the LAN.

Experience

Software Engineer at Kaldor Group, London, United Kingdom, October 2013 – Present.

Kaldor kaldor is a software house that conceives, designs and builds beautiful and innovative mobile content platforms and applications. As a mobile developer I work for Kaldor's professional services team.

Board member at citrap-vaud.ch, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2008 – Present.

citrap-vaud.ch is a regional public transportation advocacy group. As a voluntary board member since sixth form my role was to propose and examine proposed policies to improve the quality of public transportation. Additionally I sit on the association’s subcommittee on high-speed rail policy (see Publications).

Secretary General at IGöV Schweiz/CITraP Suisse, Bern, Swit., July 2011 – Sep. 2013.

IGöV Schweiz/CITraP Suisse is a national association of public transportation advocacy groups. As secretary general my job was to manage the secretariat and draft policy documents and correspondence for the board.

Advisor at sobees, Lausanne, Switzerland, February 2009 – September 2011.

sobees is a software company providing social software technology for mobile and computer platforms. As an occasional employee I performed various tasks, such as recording demo videos and testing pre-release software. I performed sobees’ launch presentation1 at DEMO 09 (Palm Desert, CA) and their presentation of a new version at LIFT 10 (Geneva, Switzerland).

Publications

I am a co-author of two books with Prof. Daniel Mange on the future of high-speed rail in Switzerland, one in French and one in German:

  1. Daniel Mange et al. Plan Rail 2050 : plaidoyer pour la vitesse. Lausanne, Suisse : Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2010.
  2. Daniel Mange et al. Bahn-Plan 2050 – Mehr Tempo für die Schweiz. Zürich/Chur, Schweiz: Rüegger Verlag, 2012.

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