Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, in progress
My background is in Computer Science, Planetary Science, and
Geology. I am most interested in problems that lie at the interfaces
between these fields, such as automated methods (artificial
intelligence, machine learning) to investigate science questions using
planetary data (orbital and in situ).
I work at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
I have two roles at JPL:
I have also taught classes in Computer Science at Cal State L.A.
and Oregon State University.
My research projects at JPL have included:
News and upcoming events:
- I was selected as one of 1058 candidates for
Mars One's second round of astronaut selections (Dec. 30, 2013), and am now one of 705 remaining (May 5, 2014).
- Wired magazine interviewed the TextureCam team, then published an article about our TextureCam rover camera:
- The AGU issued a press release about our TextureCam rover camera:
- The video for my controversial ICML 2012 talk is no longer available (lost in a server crash).
However, you can read the original paper:
Machine Learning that Matters (pdf, 6 pages, 234K) and
see the slides from a subsequent invited AAAI talk:
Challenges for Machine Learning Impact on the Real World (1.6M).
- Recently published or posted:
- Recent awards:
- 2012 NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal
- 2012 AAAI Outstanding Program Committee Member Award (one of four people chosen)
- 2012 Young Alumni Par Excellence Award from the University of Utah
- Current activities:
- I was selected to receive the 2008 Lew Allen Award for Excellence in Research for "advancing the performance and application of machine learning methods to onboard Earth science missions and spacecraft engineering."