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 am a researcher at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
I am a member of JPL's Machine Learning and Instrument
Autonomy Group, investigating ways that machine learning can be
used to increase the autonomy of space missions.
I have also taught classes in Computer Science at Cal State L.A. and Oregon State University.
My projects at JPL have included:
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- The video for my controversial ICML 2012 talk is now available:
Machine Learning that Matters.
You can also 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).
- Recent talks:
- Recently published or posted:
Guiding Scientific Discovery with Explanations using DEMUD.
Kiri L. Wagstaff, Nina L. Lanza, David R. Thompson,
Thomas G. Dietterich, and Martha S. Gilmore.
Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Conference on
Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-13), 2013.
- DEMUD is an algorithm for quickly finding
interesting novelties or anomalies in large data sets. Uniquely,
it also provides explanations for why each item is considered
interesting. We report on experiments with hyperspectral data from Mars
orbit and the Martian surface, finding that DEMUD indeed discovers
items of scientific interest, and that the explanations are useful:
with them, a scientist's ability to classify spectra doubled.
- The Evolution of Marginalia, my term paper for LIBR 200 (pdf, 14 pages, 1.1M)
- 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 served as part of Crew 89 at the
Mars Desert Research Station, from January 22 to February 7, 2010. You can read our blog to find out what we did, see pictures, and watch videos!
- 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."