Kai Staats: about


Biography 2017-11-29T10:33:06+00:00

Kai Staats, MSc is a filmmaker, researcher, speaker and writer.

In 1999 Staats co-founded and for ten years was CEO of Terra Soft Solutions, developer of Yellow Dog Linux. Staats’ leadership helped to shape Linux for the Power architecture in the high performance computing space. Terra Soft systems were used to process images from the Mars rovers at NASA JPL, to conduct real-time sonar imaging on-board the U.S. Navy submarines, and to conduct bioinformatics research at DoE labs. In 2008 Staats sold Terra Soft to Japanese firm Fixstars.

Kai is now producer at Over the Sun film production firm, visiting scientist at LIGO and the SKA, and professional researcher at Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Building upon Kai’s ten years experience in working with leading scientists and researchers across the U.S., Kai has returned to his passion for science as a storyteller, capturing the curiosity, passion, and drive of those who work a lifetime to better understand the inner workings of the universe around them on film. At LIGO, Kai applies Machine Learning to the isolation of glitches, discovery of mechanical couplings, and detection of supernova in gravitational-wave astronomy data. At the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), South Africa, in 2017 Kai continues his research in the application of Machine Learning to the mitigation of RFI in radio astronomy data. At Arizona State University, Kai is leading with a team of software developers to build a mathematical model and gaming interface to an isolated, human community on Mars.

Kai is a lover of all things untouched by human hands, in places where mobile phones and the drone of machines do not reach. When not coding Python or editing a film, Kai is to be found trail running, rock climbing, and backpacking.