Meet the team: Alexandra Orth

A series of posts to introduce the Grakn Labs team

Jo Stichbury
Mar 8, 2017 · 2 min read

AI systems need a knowledge base to manage their data as they produce and consume more complex information than the average software. Grakn Labs is a distributed knowledge base with a reasoning query language that allows you to model, verify, scale, query and analyse complex data easily.

This is the another in a series of blog posts to introduce the Grakn Labs team. To find out more about what we do, please visit our website and get in touch via our Community page.

Alex goes to see Harry Potter…

Name: Alexandra Orth

What do you do at Grakn Labs?

I’m a software developer at Grakn Labs and work on various components. Data cleaning and migration, the Moogi natural language input box, and the Graql templating language all fall under my purview. Most recently, I have been working on creating a distributed cluster for Grakn engine that allows us to load more data than ever before.

How long have you been in the team?

It’ll be 2 years in July.

What did you do before you joined Grakn Labs?

I was studying Computer Science at Columbia University in New York and creating data visualization apps with the awesome people at AppFirst.

What do you like about working in the team?

Everyone bands together on Friday afternoon to try and win free Harry Potter tickets. We’ve won 6 and counting!

What are you looking forward to in the coming months?

Seeing our cluster mature and stabilize so that we can create bigger and bigger graphs! I’m also looking forward to working with our first clients and doing a bunch of community outreach.

(Editor’s Note: Alexandra is also the creator of our own Grakn movie chat bot. Her follow up post is coming soon!).

Spaces or tabs?

Recent convert to team-spaces.

Favourite food order in the Grakn Labs weekly shop?

The mint syrup is delicious — and has the added bonus of turning your drink green. Everyone knows green things are healthy.

Tell us more about what you do when you’re not at work.

Lately I have been hosting Hamilton karaoke sessions in my home and exploring London by means of Pokemon Go. On a daily basis I struggle with the decision to attend the misery they call “yoga” — I’m only successful a few days a week. The rest of my time is spent on the Internet looking at cat gifs, reading about tech & politics, and planning hypothetical trips.

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