Kai Staats

Kai Staats, Director at SAM
Kai is a veteran developer of platforms for science research and education. He was co-founder and CEO of the world-renowned Yellow Dog Linux operating system for ten years. The YDL platform was used extensively in Department of Energy, NASA, and University research across a full spectrum of sciences. Kai designed and developed iConji, an icon-based language for international communication; wrote the machine learning algorithm Karoo GP which has been used at LIGO for classification of glitches and supernovae; and was principal designer of the Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory in Tanzania, the first of its kind in East Africa. With SIMOC, Kai has led the development of a unique computer software model that allows for unlimited creativity and exploration of complexity, and ultimately the design of a human habitat on Mars.

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