"What is that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man's breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea -- to discover a great thought -- an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain -- plow had gone over before. To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find the way to make the lightnings carry your messages. To be the first -- that is the idea. To do something, say something, see something, before any body else -- these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial." (Mark Twain)
I currently work as a data scientist at Headspace in Santa Monica. In the past I worked as a scientist in the Analytics department at ID Analytics in San Diego. I applied machine learning techniques to build statistical risk models for fraud and credit space. I've also worked at OpenX in Pasadena in digital advertising. In August of 2010, I completed my doctoral degree in quantum information science from the computer science department at the University of Southern California under the supervision of Dr. Todd A. Brun. I have simulated quantum error-correcting codes under realistic physical noise models and analyzed their performance through various channels. Dr. Todd Brun and Dr. Ruediger Schack co-authored a software package to simulate quantum trajectory equations. I later extended the software to include quantum operations with density matrices and a routine that solves the full Lindbladian master equation. If you would like to use the software to simulate interesting quantum information processing tasks, please feel free to e-mail me. A copy of the QIP software can be found here. It is freely available under GNU General Public License.
I have worked on some aspects of information hiding using quantum information processing tools. Todd and I developed a general theory of quantum steganography and we also showed how one could hide quantum information the five-qubit code also sometimes known as the Perfect Code.
During my undergraduate years and my Masters degree I worked in the Laboratory for Molecular Science with Dr. Leonard Adleman on self-assembly.
I maintain a blog where in the past I have talked about my cultural and scientific escapades in Los Angeles. You can read the blog here.
When I am not working on computer science I enjoy hiking, yoga, writing poetry, sketching, and going to as many live music events around San Diego and Los Angeles as time can permit.