Office: Thompson 602
Welcome to my professional web page!
Classes I am teaching this fall:
Previous classes at UPS include:
And at other schools:
My doctoral work was with Mark Craven, developing algorithms for the EDGE project. My dissertation is here. We developed machine learning methods to discriminate toxins based on gene expression levels. The ultimate goal of the EDGE project is to make the analysis of industrial chemicals faster, cheaper, and more accurate.
My postdoc research was with Garet Lahvis, performing mathematical analyses of mouse ultrasonic vocalizations. The goal of this research is to better understand the state of a mouse through its vocalizations, to create a baseline when mice are used as models of mental disease, such as autism, schizophrenia, or traumatic brain injury.
I'm from the state of Oregon in the U.S., though I was raised up and down the Pacific coast. I earned my B.A. in Computer Science/Mathematics (combined major) and Physics with Honors from Lewis & Clark College in 1999, and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, in 2002 and 2009, respectively.
You have to understand—I'm not your friend. I'm your teacher. That doesn't mean that I don't like you. (Fact is, I'm very fond of most of my students.) But I value my freedom to be myself among friends, without having to worry about workplace politics. Maybe a year after you graduate, you can start getting to know me as an equal and a colleague. But in the meantime, I like to keep these parts of my life separate.