Nathan Hurst (born 1977) is an Australian programmer. He currently (As of October 2015 ) works as the director of research for Shutterstock. Former employers include Amazon, Adobe, Google. Among the founders of the Inkscape project, he also contributes to projects such as gtkmathview, matplotlib, and the organ simulator aeolus. He maintains The Circle (file system) and libaffa, a C++ library for computing affine arithmetic. Known areas of research include image analysis through machine learning.