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Academic Bio

I received my B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Mississippi State University, both with distinctions, in 2007 and 2012, respectively. I conducted my dissertation work under the direction of Prof. James E. Fowler on the application of compressed sensing techniques to high-dimensional media, e.g. natural video, multiview image and video, light-field images, and hyperspectral imagery for geosciences. During my Ph.D. studies, I also worked as a research intern for Canon USA, Inc.’s research division in San Jose, CA, where my work lead to a patent for a novel lightfield acquisition system, for which I am listed as a co-inventor.

After finishing my graduate studies, in 2013 I started a postdoctoral research position at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in the SPHINX group of Prof. Florent Krzakala. During this fruitful post-doc, I have focused my work mainly on the intersection of statistical physics and information problems, specifically, signal processing and machine learning. During my postdoc, I have been an author to a number of works on this subject, including works presented at both ICML and NIPS, and edited a notable book on the same topic. I have also been an invited speaker and lecturer at a number of venues across Europe to speak on the topic of statistical signal processing from the lens of statistical physics. My recent work has focused on the topic of unsupervised machine learning; specifically, on how the study of statistical interpretations of neural models can lead to both practical and fundamental theoretical advances in machine learning.

Research Areas Over the Years

Compressed Sensing (2008-2016)

Images & Video


Applications to Hyperspectral Imagery

Statistical Physics & Information Theory (2013-2017)

Approximate Message-Passing

Applications of AMP

Machine Learning (2016–)

Extended Mean-Field Approximations for RBMs

Federated Learning & Privacy-Preserving ML

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