Alastair Tse.


Mobile +1 415 230 1363
Nationality [US]US Visa Holder, [UK]British Citizen, [AU]Australian Citizen, [HK]Hong Kong SAR Resident
Age 33
Location New York, NY


Jul 2007 (onwards)
[UK] [US] Google Inc. (New York, NY) (previously London, UK until 2012)
Senior Software Engineer
  • iPhone, iPad and iOS Engineer since 2008.
  • Cross product iOS development inside Google.
  • Tech lead for Google Search App, Chrome and other iOS apps from Google.
  • Deep knowledge of iOS development and distribution infrastructure.
  • Delivering technical lectures on new technologies internal and external to Google.
  • Symbian C++ Engineer on the Nokia Series 60 platform.
Aug 2006
to Apr 2007
[UK] ShowreelPlayer
Consultant Developer (Contract)
  • System Administrator for high-availability Gentoo Linux servers used for video distribution.
  • Project management, co-ordinating contributions from many developers.
  • Developed Java Swing GUI application for server monitoring and administration.
  • Security audit and improvement of video and data distribution backend.
May 2006
to Feb 2007
[UK] Xensource Inc.
Contract Developer (Part Time)
  • Maintaining open-source Xen Virtualisation tools in Python.
Oct 2002
to Jun 2006
[UK] University of Cambridge
Course Supervisor (Casual)
  • Supervising 1st to 3rd year Engineering and Computer Science undergraduates.
Dec 2004
to Apr 2005
[UK] RealVNC Ltd. (in Cambridge, UK)
Mac OS X Developer (Contract)
  • Porting code from UNIX (C++) to Mac OS X. (Objective-C++)
  • UI Design and implementation for a Mac OS X Client.
Jun 2004
to Sep 2004
[US] Fraser Research (in Princeton, NJ)
Summer Intern
  • Research and development of innovative operating systems for next generation internet network switches.
Jan 2001
to Oct 2002
[AU] Computer Science and Engineering Faculty, UNSW, Australia.
Computing Support Officer (Level 5 - Part Time)
  • Hardware, software and desktop support to staff, academics and lecturers
  • Administration of over 500 Linux and Mac workstations, 30 Linux servers.
  • Maintenance of Mail, Web, Database and Login Servers.
  • Deployment and administration for wireless infrastructure.
Dec 1999
to Jun 2000
[AU] Airfare.Com.Au (in Sydney, Australia)
Web Designing and Programmer (Contract Part-Time)
  • Complete graphics design (logo, business cards) and website design.
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Javascript development for airline and holiday ticket sales website.
Dec 1998
to Feb 1999
[HK] AOL Hong Kong (JV with AOL and China Internet Corporation)
Web Programmer (Full Time)
  • Maintenance and update of website.
  • Work on Server-side CGI Perl for search engine and web community services.
  • Redesign for including HTML and Javascript
to 2000
[AU] Optus World Bankstown (in Sydney, Australia)
Sales Assistant & Technical Support (Part-Time)
  • Mobile phone demonstrations, sales and connections.


2002 to 2006 [GB] PhD candidate in Communications Engineering. Digital Technology Group, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
1998 to 2001 [AU] Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours Class 1 (Av. 81.5). University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
1994 to 1997 [AU] High School Certificate (Tertiary Entrance Rank: 97.35) Sydney Grammar School, Sydney, Australia.
1991 to 1994 [HK] Island School, Hong Kong.


Languages English fluently, Cantonese fluently and moderate Mandarin.
Computing Skills
Operating Systems iOS, Mac OS X, Linux (Gentoo, Ubuntu, Redhat, Debian, Mandrake, Fedora), Solaris 2.6 and 8, FreeBSD, OpenBSD.
Programming Objective-C, Python, Javascript, C++, Java, Javascript, PHP, Bash, Sed/Awk.
Web Dev Javascript, HTML, CSS, Applets, Photoshop, Graphic Design.


Feb 2003
to Mar 2007
Gentoo Linux (
Developer (Volunteer)
  • Gentoo Linux is the leading source based Linux distribution.
  • Lead Developer for Gentoo Python Project, Bluetooth Support, PDA Support, Chinese Support. Maintaining over 200 software packages.
2003 - 2006
Corpus Christi College MCR, University of Cambridge (
Computer Officer
  • Corpus Christi MCR is a society for postgraduate students studying at this college.
  • Responsible for maintenance of Windows workstations, technical support to students and arranging IT resources for MCR.
2003 - 2006
Hong Kong Postgraduates (
  • Unofficial society for Hong Kong Postgraduates students studying or working in Cambridge.
  • Help maintain resources and organise events for 100+ HK students.
2004 - 2005
Student Run Computing Facilities (SRCF), University of Cambridge.
System Administrator (Volunteer)
  • SRCF provides fully-featured and free web and mail hosting for students of Cambridge University
  • Responsible for handling creating of new accounts, user requests and support, mailing list creation and general backups.
University of NSW Student Guild of 2000
IT Team Member (Volunteer)
University of NSW, Hong Kong Student Society 1999
Systems Director (Volunteer)


  • Audio Networking: The Forgotten Wireless Technology. Anil Madhavapeddy, Richard Sharp, David Scott and Alastair Tse. IEEE Pervasive Computing (Volume 4, Number 3), July-September 2005.
  • A Methodology for Evaluating Wireless Location Sensing Systems: A Bluetooth Case Study. Anil Madhavapeddy and Alastair Tse. Ubicomp 2005, Tokyo, Japan, September 2005.
  • Feedback, Latency, Accuracy: Exploring Tradeoffs in Location-Aware Gaming. Kieran Mansley, David Scott, Alastair Tse, Anil Madhavapeddy. NetGames 2004, in conjunction with ACM SIGCOMM 2004, Sheridan, August 2004.


Available on request.

Last Updated: Sep 2013