Students Advised

Students who wrote Ph.D. dissertations under my direction

Joseph McQuown
Title of Thesis: A Multiscale, Geometric Algorithm for Non-Parametric Data Exploration with an Application to Genomic Data
Year of Graduation: 2007
Granting Institute: SUNY, Stony Brook, NY (his formal advisor there was James Glimm, I was at UMN)
Current Position: Quantitative Researcher, Millennium Management, NY, NY

Guangliang Chen
Title of Thesis: Spectral Curvature Clustering for Hybrid Linear Modeling
Year of Graduation: 2009
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Position after graduation: Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Duke University, Durham, NC
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Mathematics, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

J. Tyler Whitehouse
Title of Thesis: Generalized Sines, Multiway Curvatures, and the Multiscale Geometry of d-Regular Measures
Year of Graduation: 2009
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Position after graduation: NTT Professor, Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Current Position: Vice President of Operations, Gigantum, Washington, D.C.

Teng Zhang
Title of Thesis: Modeling Data by Multiple Subspaces: Theory and Algorithms
Year of Graduation: 2011
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Position after graduation: IMA postdoc, IMA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Yi Grace Wang
Title of Thesis: Robust Hybrid Linear Modeling and its Applications
Year of Graduation: 2012
Position after graduation: SAMSI postdoctoral fellow, SAMSI, Research Triangle Park, NC
Next position: Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (had to move to CA)
Current position: Assistant Professor, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA

Xu Wang
Title of Thesis: Searching, Clustering and Regression on non-Euclidean Spaces
Year of Graduation: 2015
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Position after graduation: SEW Assistant Professor (NTT), UCSD, San Diego, CA

Bryan Poling
Title of Thesis: Towards a Framework for Simultaneous Feature Tracking and Segmentation
Year of Graduation: 2016
Position after graduation: Co-founder and chief engineer, Sentek Systems

Jeffrey Moulton
Title of Thesis: Robust Fragmentation: A Data-Driven Approach to Decision-Making under Distributional Ambiguity
Joint advisor: Shuzhong Zhang
Year of Graduation: 2016
Position after graduation: Quantitative analyst/data scientist, advertising team, Google Inc.

John Goes
Title of Thesis: Robust Sparse Covariance Estimation
Year of Graduation: 2017
Position after graduation: Fixed Income Quantitative Research Analyst, Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC

Tyler Maunu
Title of Thesis: A Framework for Nonconvex Robust Subspace Recovery
Year of Graduation: 2018
Position after graduation: Applied Mathematics Instructor, Mathematics Department, MIT, Boston, MA

Vahan Huroyan
Title of Thesis: Mathematical Formulations, Algorithms and Theory for Big Data Problems
Year of Graduation: 2018
Position after graduation: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Mauricio Flores Rios
Title of Thesis: Algorithms for lp-based Semi-supervised Learning
Joint advisor: Jeff Calder
Year of Graduation: 2018
Position after graduation: Data scientist, Target, Minneapolis, MN

Madeline Handschy
Title of Thesis: Spin Glasses and Signal Detection
Joint advisor: Wei-Kuo Chen
Year of Graduation: 2019
Position after graduation: Data scientist, NextEra Analytics, St. Paul, MN


Current Ph.D. students

Alex Gutierrez

Yunpeng Shi

Jesse Lai

Shaohan Li

Zachi Attia (Ph.D. program at BICB)


Students who wrote M.Sc. dissertations under my direction

Amrudin Agovic
Title of Thesis: Anomaly Detection using Manifold Embedding and its Applications in Transportation Corridors
Year of Graduation: 2008
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Current Position: CEO at Reliancy

Ardeshir Ebtehaj
Title of Thesis: Variational Data Assimilation via Sparse Regularization
Year of Graduation: 2015
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Engineering, University of Minnesota


Some Undergraduate Students who Worked on Current Research Problems Under My Direction

Matt Coudron
Year of Graduation: 2011
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Position after graduation: Ph.D. student at EECS, MIT

Kyle Heuton
Year of Graduation: 2012
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Position after graduation: Post-Bachelor Fellow, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA

Tyler Maunu
Year of Graduation: 2013
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Position after graduation: Ph.D. student, Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Michael Veit
Year of Graduation: 2014
Granting Institute: University of Minnesota
Position after graduation: Ph.D. candidate, Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Yunpeng Shi
Year of Graduation: 2015
Position after graduation: Ph.D. candidate, Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN

 

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