Education and BackgroundI recently entered candidacy as a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin, studying computer science (I am in my 6th year). I obtained my BS in Computer Science with a Bioinformatics emphasis from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. My hometown is Lindon, Utah, which is not far from Brigham Young University.
My current research topics are focused around generating probabilistic models for describing the uncertainty of complex functionals computed on objects with native error/uncertainty. One of the focuses is generating intelligent (low-discrepancy) samples in high-dimensional spaces. The applications are in protein-protein docking and protein homology modeling.
In another life, most of my research was focused on string matching algorithms and large database search techniques with specific application to computational biology. Specific applications emphasize large-scale software development and data mining with a focus on next-generation, short-read sequence mapping and analysis tools.
I'd like to consider myself a relatively well-rounded individual. When I'm not busy with schoolwork, I like to play around with new hobbies or find something exciting to do.
Since my work generally requires me to sit behind a desk, I like to find other ways to stay active. Recently, I took up biking (since Austin is becoming more and more bike-friendly), but my true passion is basketball. In fact, in 2010 our team won the men's intramural graduate league championship.
I also enjoy listening to and creating music. Ever since I was young, I've played the piano (in 2012 I played a rousing rendition of Randy Newman's "Short People" for a CS talent show), but lately I've picked up a few additional instruments. The biggest instrument I've played to date is the carillon ("What, you play the flute? I play a building!"). I'm even a part of the now-official University of Texas at Austin Guild of Student Carillonneurs.
I'm also into technology, and the cool impacts it has on my life. So a big shoutout to my roommate Benjamin Beck.