Search Mission for Peter Wittek & Support Family

We are raising money to fund additional resources (manpower, equipment and sustenance) to help the search and rescue efforts for Dr. Peter Wittek who has been missing while climbing Mount Trishul in India since Sunday 29th September 2019 and to assist/facilitate the travel and accommodation arrangements of his immediate family in or nearby the district of Chamoli. 

Dr. Peter Wittek is a world-renowned scientist on Quantum Machine Learning who authored the first book on this subject. He is a trained mountaineer but was unfortunately hit by an avalanche whilst climbing Mount Trishul. 

His good friends and I have started this GoFundMe page to support the search and rescue mission (“SAR”) Any funds disseminated for any SAR will be approved by Peter’s Brother and designated Next of Kin, Gergo Adrián Oberfrank. Any leftover funds will be divided equally between Peter’s family (as represented by Gergo Adrian Oberfrank) and Peter’s Beloved GF

Peter’s family and friends will be grateful for any assistance you may be able to extend. Aside from donating, you can also help by sharing this GFM campaign with friends, networks or people who know Peter. 

Thank you for your contributions.

What happened to Dr. Peter Wittek?

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On 13 September, a six-member team set off on an expedition to scale the 7,120m high Mount Trishul in the Himalayas, India. On Sunday, 29 September, an avalanche hit Camp 2, at approximately an altitude of 5,700m and Dr Peter Wittek went missing. The remaining five members made it safely down to base camp. A search and rescue team from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) in India is committed to finding Peter. They have been searching since Sept. 29. Dependent on weather conditions, an Indian Air Force helicopter has also been deployed to assist search efforts.

Media coverage

The Globe and Mail, Canada: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-renowned-ai-expert-university-of-toronto-prof-missing-after-avalanche/

CTV News, Canada: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/university-of-toronto-prof-missing-in-india-after-avalanche-1.4620724

Betakit, Canada: https://betakit.com/family-friends-campaign-to-help-find-uoft-professor-missing-after-himalayas-avalanche/

Times of India: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/hungarian-trekker-goes-missing-from-mt-trishul-search-op-launched/articleshow/71380436.cms

Outlook India: https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/sdrf-mountaineers-reach-homkund-basecamp-to-search-for-missing-hungarian/1633186

The Straits Times, Singapore: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/search-on-for-climber-lost-in-himalayas

Tenyek Hu, Hungary: https://tenyek.hu/belfold/305184_keresi-a-testveret-csak-ez-elteti.html

RTL, Hungary: https://rtl.hu/rtlklub/fokusz/az-indiaban-eltunt-hegymaszo-csaladja-nem-adja-fel-a-keresest

TV2 News “Tények, Hungary: https://tenyek.hu/tenyek/304632_eltunt-egy-magyar-hegymaszo-indiaban.html

Columna Cero, Spain: https://columnacero.com/sucesos/28654/familiares-del-montanista-desaparecido-peter-wittek-piden-colaboracion-para-que-su-busqueda-no-cese/

Dr. Peter Wittek biography 

Dr. Wittek is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto working on quantum-enhanced machine learning. He is the Academic Director of the Quantum Machine Learning Program at the Creative Destruction Lab, a Data Scientist in Residence in the TD Management Data and Analytics Lab, a Faculty Affiliate in the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and an Affiliate in the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. 

He co-founded the Quantum Open Source Foundation and is the Chair-Elect of the Special Interest Group on Quantum Computing in the American Statistical Association. He serves as an advisor to several startups and is a member of the NUS Overseas Colleges Alumni and an assessor in the Toronto branch of NOC.

Trained as a mathematician and computer scientist, Peter received his PhD from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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