Brit Cruise

This site is intended as a ‘growing’ time capsule which I started in 2007. It contains current & past research, experiments and multimedia projects. Contact me: britjcruise@gmail.com

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Guelph, Ontario – 2018

I studied both Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario & McGill. In school I worked on various experimental films and thought about how we can (or can’t) predict the stock market.

After about 6 months on the job (working on algorithm design) I launched an educational series in my spare time titled: Art of the Problem on Kickstarter. This lead to an ongoing Channel: Artoftheproblem.

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Soon after that I joined Khan Academy Jan 2012 after reaching out to Sal Khan – at the time the ‘company’ was in it’s first year with 20 or so amazing people. I eventually developed lessons on Cryptography, Information TheoryScience Discoveries, Math Warmups and experimented with narrative driven challenges. I co-produced some lessons with content partners such NASAGoogle and Disney (coming soon)

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The first ever annual meeting at Khan Academy (early 2012)

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Testing out interactive software in the classroom environment

In 2013 I became a father (I now have two sons). I also worked as employee #1 at a handful of education startups (apartments), such as Codecademy and Mystery Science….

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Doing my “time” in the Mission District.

Starting in 2014  I co-created Pixar in a Box alongside Tony DeRose & Elyse Klaidman (short CBC interview or long Podcast).

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Enter a Q&A with James, Sal, Ed. Tony and Elyse

This project is still in development. It is an initiative to create free interactive courses which demonstrate how concepts (from math, science & art) are used in the creative fields. For example lessons on the Art of Storytelling and Simulation 101 as practiced at Pixar. Think of it as an interactive “behind the scenes” experience (or virtual internship) for students both young and old involving sketching, writing and coding.

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I had the pleasure of presenting this project at The Steve Jobs Theatre on Pixar’s campus with Tony in summer 2015.

In 2017 I began an ongoing collaboration with IEEE to communicate the ideas behind groundbreaking papers from Information Theory in a simple way. It’s been a intellectual joy to work with the core team on this project (Matthieu Bloch, Michelle Effros, Christina Fragouli & Suhas Diggavi) the content is also reviewed and in come cases co-developed alongside the original authors. Here is an example of an early prototype

In 2017 I wrote a investment blog to track the Cryptocurrency index (blog) and experimented with graph based market making algorithms.

In 2018 I began work with on a new educational initiatives with Pixar (The Art of Lighting), Disney (TBA) as well as some new “artistic” filmmaking endeavours…(to be continued)

 

 

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11 Responses to “Brit Cruise”

  1. adrian vedady Says:

    Hi Brit,

    Glad you enjoyed the show at last summer’s jazz fest in Montreal.

    Adrian

  2. Wakan Tanka Says:

    Many thanks for your great work. Keep on rocking.

  3. Brit el contenido de tus vídeos es genial, de los cursos que conozco en linea de ciencias de la computación, el de khan academy es el mejor hasta el momento. muchas gracias por tu aporte a la humanidad!

    saludos desde Pereira, Colombia

    Juan Rodriguez

  4. Hassan Haridy Says:

    Thank you for the computer science courses you have made on Khan Academy

  5. Are you ever going to make more tutorials on Khan Academy? It ended quite abruptly and I was really hungry for more.

    • Brit Cruise Says:

      That’s great to hear. I have been working on a few things both on and off KA. On Khan I’m building out the http://www.pixarinabox.com/ (I recommend you start with the storytelling module, I’m very proud of it) as well as an extension of this project in the near future which I’ll blog about in the fall. On my YouTube channel I did another CS series and soon I’ll be posting a 25min special on Bitcoin in a few days.

  6. James Henegan Says:

    Hi Brit!

    I’m in the middle of the “Information Theory” series. Just wanted to say that I am enjoying it very much!

    • Brit Cruise Says:

      That’s awesome James. I really poured my heart into that series. Leave a comment on YouTube when you get to the end or if you have any questions about it.

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