Michael Maurer heads a small software consulting firm that specializes in high-dimensional optimization problems. His interest in scientific algorithms began while interpreting microwaves scattered from the surface of Venus by the Magellan spacecraft. He turned an eye closer to home at Etak, where he developed tools to improve the global digital roadmap now used by GPS navigation systems and mapping websites around the world. In 2002, he co-founded QTC, creator of server software used to power an online poker site. His algorithmic focus is now on large problems whose exact solution is intractable, where approaches like approximate dynamic programming can yield useful, near-optimal results.
Michael holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and lives in San Francisco.