I’m a PhD student at MIT CSAIL studying visual computing systems with Jonathan Ragan-Kelley and Josh Tenenbaum , because the familiar strangeness of our perceptual and cognitive faculties—that is, the "commonness" of "common sense"—affirms our shared humanity in this fractured world. Previously, I was an undergrad at Stanford University studying computer science, physics, and English literature — islands I hold to be the lost children of one great continent.
In the past I worked at Facebook, NVIDIA, UW Seattle, and Berkeley. More recently, I spend my time writing (I love words), playing music, juggling with friends, and marveling at the world.
My research is generously supported by a Hertz Foundation Fellowship, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and the National Science Foundation’s GRFP [press]. If you are currently applying to graduate school, I encourage you to consider these wonderful programs. Also see the MIT EECS Graduate Application Assistance Program, which I lead.
I occasionally take on research assistants. If you are a student interested in working with me, please reach out by sending me an email and introducing yourself. I would appreciate if you included ① a project idea you would be excited to work on, the more specific the better; ② your relevant background knowledge and skills, which you can demonstrate by listing coursework or links to independent projects; ③ an honest assessment of how much time you expect to spend on research if I took you on; and ④ a writing sample—an essay, a poem, a piece of technical documentation, a recipe, a blog, an op-ed, etc. Note that you do not need prior research experience to experience research—it's my job to get you started!