Josue Orellana

Special Faculty, Department of Statistics & Data Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Managing Editor, Computational Neuroscience Navigator, Carnegie Mellon University

I have a PhD in Machine Learning (School of Computer Science) and Neural Computation (Center for Neural Basis of Cognition) from Carnegie Mellon University (Dec 2019).

Like my PhD advisor, Robert E. Kass, my research work is in Statistics and Machine Learning methodology applied to Neuroscience problems. My thesis is on graphical network modeling of brain region interactions during working memory tasks. I am also interested in the cognitive science of learning and I’m part of the CMU Teach Stat research group.

About my work:

Complex behaviors like memory recall require the coordination of multiple brain regions; I study cross-region coordination using network graphs, where the nodes represent noisy activity from different brain regions. I develop methods for graphical model structure learning for high-dimensional data.


Research Scientist: National University of Singapore and Johns Hopkins University

B. S. in Electrical Engineering, Washington State University


Programming languages: Python, Matlab, R, LaTeX

IRB and IACUC research protocols with human and non-human subjects

Completed joint Neural Computation/Machine Learning PhD coursework at CMU


CMU Simon Seed Grant, Computational Navigator, 2020

CMU grant, GuSH cross-walk, for a statistics education research project 2019

CMU Presidential Fellowship, 2016-17, 2017-18.

Winner of three minute video slides, Torus Graphs for multivariate phase coupling, retreat 2018, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, CMU.

President’s Honor Roll at Washington State University, Fall 2008 - May 2012

Academic excellence scholarship from El Salvador to study abroad, 2008-2012. Only three students were awarded this scholarship in 2007, based on academic record and future promise.