About Me

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University, where I work in the DSP group with Dr. Richard Baraniuk. My research is focused on deep learning and its applications in neuroscience, medical imaging, and metagenomics. I received my BSEE from Rice in May 2014. While being an undergraduate at Rice, I was a part of the DSP group, where I conducted research in theoretical neuroscience, and Dr. Robert Hauge's research group, where I investigated the effect of temperature and pressure on the collapse of carbon nanotubes. In the summer of 2012 and 2011, I was an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Zhu Han's lab at the University of Houston and Dr. Stephan Link's lab at Rice University, respectively.

Research Interests

I want to understand the generative models behind deep learning systems, such as deep convolutional neural networks and random decision forests. Using those models, I can develop new architectures that is particularly designed to solve challenging tasks in neuroscience, medical imaging, and metagenomics.

I also want to understand how the brain works and use those insights to develop new artificial intelligence systems, which outperform the existing ones.