Research

I'm currently a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) working at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) with Prof. Eswaran Subrahmanian (CMU) and Spencer Breiner (NIST) on injecting category theory into various engineering domains.
I got my PhD in Physics from the University of California, Riverside, where I worked in the group of Prof. John C. Baez. 

Contact: (my first name) 561 at gmail dot com


My thesis combined ideas from non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, information theory, and category theory to study certain classes of non-linear open dynamical systems used to model various behaviors of interacting entities in a number of disciplines including chemistry, ecology, and epidemiology.

I spent a year working with Metron Scientific Solutions on categorical approaches to systems engineering as part of DARPA’s Complex Adaptive Systems Composition and Design Environment (CASCADE) program.

More recently, I was a researcher in the Automation and Control group in Siemens’ Corporate Technology division in Princeton working with Arquimedes Canedo. I was working on general approaches to integrating heterogeneous data into flexible graphical database structures which allow for efficient inference. This involved a combination of category theory, data science, and machine learning along with a bit of common sense.

I grew up in Florida, did my undergrad at Columbia in NYC where I developed a machine learning approach to monitoring changes in agriculture using satellite data, moved to Hawai'i for a year where I surfed and built a field cage for a directional neutron detector before starting grad school in California. I play the bass. 
 


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Blake Pollard,
Nov 29, 2017, 8:45 AM
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