I am a 5th year graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Program at Northwestern University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Mitra Hartmann, I have been studying sensory processing in the rat vibrissal (whisker) system, one of the most commonly used models to study how the brain encodes and processes somatosensory information. Most of my work has focused on the design and development of a simulation framework (WHISKiT Physics) to simulate the full vibrissotactile input to the rat whiskers system, i.e., the mechanical signals generated in the follicle of each whisker in response to contact with an external object.
Combining the WHISKiT Physics simulator with other computational approaches and machine learning, I am now investigating how the environmental structure shapes the sensory input and how that might affect early-stage neural processing.
I have also been very interested in the interaction between organism and environment for different active sensing systems. In particular, Dr. Hartmann and I have developed a theoretical concept to examine possible algorithmic differences in alloactive and homeoactive sensing systems.
Starting off as an audio engineer, I acquired real work life experience in a demanding field that requires problem solving skills and flexibility as well as a clear head under short term pressure. I’ve expanded my practical engineering skills with an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering and a Master’s degree in Engineering (Biomedical Engineering). The choice of projects throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies let me deepen my knowledge in signal processing and data analysis and discover my great interest in computational problems. Currently, my research focuses on simulation and modeling as well as machine learning.