Patryk Laurent, Ph.D.



Hello. I am the Director of Emerging Technology at a portfolio trust called DMGT, plc. The trust owns companies in media, conference events, education, and real estate/finance spaces.

In my day-to-day, I work with data scientists and software engineers at these companies to maximize value and adopt cutting edge technologies. I still write at code every day, if only to provide a working example of something to someone.

I hold a bachelor's degree in the Cognitive Sciences (Mathmetics minor) from the University of Virginia, and earned my Ph.D. in Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, with affiliations at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and the Learning Research and Development Center. I spent three years at The Johns Hopkins University doing post-doctoral research on reward-based learning.

In industry, my prior work includes applying a diverse range of machine learning methods to create novel user interfaces and robot/IoT systems based on computer vision and speech recognition. I have published articles on reinforcement learning, neural networks, and human experimental research.