Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
University of California, Berkeley
575A Evans Hall, MC 3198
Berkeley, CA 94720-3198
Office: 573 Evans Hall
Phone: (510) 642-7252
FAX: (510) 642-7206
(Note: old email address not working lately, so please resend to this one anything recent).
Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley (Mathematics,
2001 - 2005)
B.S. Yale University (Mathematics,
Computer Science, 2000)
Currently: Assistant Project Scientist, Redwood Center (through the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute) and UCSF (Tecott Lab). Partially supported by the Simons Foundation and an NSF grant.
NSF Joint Institutes
Postdoctoral Fellowship: I was awarded
at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
with the following proposal.
MSRI is awesome.
NSA Grant: I was awarded an NSA
Young Investigators Grant. My proposal can
be found here.
Careers in Math: If you've ever wondered what you could do with a math degree (undergrad or otherwise), I highly recommend you check out SIAM's careers in math brochure
"The Misfortunes of a Trio of Mathematicians Using Computer Algebra Systems. Can We Trust in Them?"
Theoretical Neuroscience: I am a mathematician working at the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
at the University of California, Berkeley.
New: (with Ngoc Tran) Robust exponential memory in Hopfield networks. pdf | supplementary info | code | arxiv
New: (with Ram Mehta and Kilian Koepsell) A Hopfield recurrent neural network trained on natural images performs state-of-the-art image compression, IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), 2014.
(with Andre Wibisono) We have a manuscript up: Maximum entropy distributions on graphs. pdf | arxiv
With Lek-Heng Lim, we finished our paper about the computational intractibility of some
problems involving tensors. Most tensor problems
are NP-Hard, Journal of the ACM. | pdf | arxiv
With Shaowei Lin and Andre Wibisono, we finished a paper on inverses of symmetric diagonally dominant matrices, with applications to numerical linear algebra and random graph distributions. Tight bounds on the infinity norm of inverses of symmetric diagonally dominant positive matrices, submitted. pdf
(with Jascha Sohl-Dickstein
and Kilian Koepsell) Efficient and optimal binary Little-Hopfield associative memory storage using minimum probability flow, 2011, NIPS (DISCML), 2012. pdf | arxiv.
With Friedrich Sommer,
we are working on sparse coding combined with compressed
sensing as a principle of brain communication and compression. (NIPS
2010 accepted spotlight submission pdf)
Theory paper preprint: When can dictionary learning uniquely recover sparse data from subsamples? pdf.
Research Interests: Structured polynomial
systems, computational algebraic geometry, combinatorics,
matrix analysis, applications of mathematics to
Recent Talk on Nonliner Algebra: "A potpourri of nonlinear algebra" at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) | Computational Nonlinear Algebra (June 2 - 6, 2014)
Talk: A potpourri of nonlinear algebra, slides | video
I will present several examples demonstrating that solving structured polynomial systems has great potential for producing new and interesting mathematics. Along the way, I will present several open conjectures and problems in nonlinear algebra.