September 2008 - Present University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D Candidate, Computer and Information Science

September 2003 - May 2007 Princeton University
A.B. in Computer Science (Highest Honors), Certificate in Neuroscience


Professional Experience

July 2007 - July 2008 Research Specialist, Princeton Computational Memory Lab
Department of Psychology, Princeton University

Summer 2006 Research Assistant, Princeton Computational Memory Lab
Department of Psychology, Princeton University

Summer 2005 Intern, Laboratory for Computational Motor Control
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

April - June 2003 Intern, Haptics Exploration Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Summers 2001–2004 Faculty, Computer Science
The Park School Science Camps, Brooklandville, MD

Selected Research Projects

Fall 2006 – Fall 2007 Netflix Prize
Along with Lester Mackey and David Lin, founded the team “Dinosaur Planet” to compete in the Netflix Prize competition, a contest in collaborative filtering with a $1 million Grand Prize and a $50k yearly Progress Prize.

Fall 2006 – Spring 2007 Probabilistic Additive Component Analysis
Senior thesis. Proposed, designed, and implemented a generative model of functional MRI datasets to facilitate decoding of cognitive state from images of neural activity.

Spring 2006 “Playing Expert Rock, Paper, Scissors”
COS511 (Foundations of Machine Learning) Final Project. Adapted the online learning algorithm in Hemold & Schapire (1997) to play games using a game theoretic approach, with a specific application to the popular game “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

Fall 2005 “Reading Wavelets, Reading Minds”
Junior independent work. Investigated the use of the Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT) to efficiently generate a large set of spatial features for the classification of human functional MRI datasets.