Massive quantities of data are produced by a wide range of scientific disciplines. While typically
complex, high-dimensional, and noisy, such data sets often have a concise underlying structure. I am
interested in developing new analyses and computational methods that utilize this inherent structure for
efficient representation and processing of complex data. This work combines techniques and concepts from
probability and geometry in high dimension, linear algebra, and statistics.
Computational Data Analysis & Random Sampling
As a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow for Transformative
Computational Science using Cyberinfrastructure, my research focuses on the development of
computational algorithms based on random sampling for efficient processing of compressible data. This work
draws on recent advances in randomized numerical linear algebra and compressive sensing, both of which use
random sampling to achieve great efficiency with near optimal accuracy for sparse and low-rank data
Geometric Sparsity in High Dimension
I am investigating the low-dimensional geometric structure of manifold-valued data embedded in a
high-dimensional space. The "geometric sparsity" afforded by this low-dimensional structure allows for
efficient parameterization of such data. For my dissertation research, I developed results for optimal
approximation of the local tangent space from manifold samples corrupted by high-dimensional noise. I am
particularly interested in applications of these results to image processing in biology and medicine. My
thesis advisor was Professor Francois
Meyer, with whom I continue to collaborate.
Adaptive Methods for Time-Frequency Analysis
Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) is an adaptive method for analysis of nonstationary data. In contrast
with Fourier analysis, EMD relaxes the requirement of linear projection onto a fixed basis and thus
produces a sparse decomposition from which a well-localized, time-varying frequency representation may be
constructed. I am interested in the application of such data-driven, adaptive decompositions for the
analysis of biomedical signals. As part of a collaboration with Professor Kenneth Wright and the
University of Colorado Sleep
and Chronobiology Laboratory, I have developed EMD-based tools for analyzing sleep EEG signals.
These tools allow for new insight into neuronal activity and brain physiology that is otherwise
unavailable using standard Fourier-based methods.
Please also see information on the NSF-IGERT program: Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging (COSI), in which I was a fellow while at
the University of Colorado, Boulder.