Completed Traineeships


The following have completing the IDEAS Traineeship Program:
Jimmy Hyun Jin Kim - 2017 Trainee

Jimmy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University.

He is supervised by Professor David Schwab and has a broad range of research interests encompassing biophysics, neuroscience, information theory, and machine learning.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto where he completed the Mathematics and Physics specialist program with a minor in Philosophy.

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Arjun Punjabi - 2016 Fellow

Arjun is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Northwestern University.

He is currently a member of the Image and Video Processing Laboratory (IVPL) under the supervision of Professor Aggelos Katsaggelos, which he joined during his first term at Northwestern.  His research interests include computer vision, biomedical signal processing, and machine learning.

Arjun received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Multimedia Signal Processing from Brown University in 2015.

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Niharika Sravan - 2016 Fellow

Niharika completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at Northwestern University.

She is primarily interested in modeling the evolutionary pathways to ‘stripped-envelope supernovae’ (Types IIb, Ib, and Ic). A systematic analysis of possible evolutionary channels can be used to build a database recording properties of progenitor sequences. Such a database can aid in expediting classification, progenitor identification in pre-supernova images and further detailed follow-up and study. It will be an important tool in analyzing the wealth of data on the transient sky that will be available in the future with the advent of rapid-cadence big-data telescopes like the LSST.

Niharika is also interested in modeling the evolution of binary star systems to investigate the channels and mechanisms governing X-ray binaries and binary compact objects. In the past, she has worked on a wide range of topics from re-ioninzation to galaxy evolution.

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Vicky Chuqiao Yang - 2016 Trainee

Vicky completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University.

She works on mathematical models applied to social systems. Some topics of her work include crime in cities and dynamics of political elections. She received her undergraduate degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in both Mathematical Sciences and Physics.

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Alice Lucas - 2016 and 2018 Fellow

Alice is a Ph.D. graduate student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at Northwestern University, working in the Image and Video Processing Laboratory.

She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she obtained a B.S. in Applied Math, Engineering and Physics  along with a Computer Science minor.

Her research interests lie in the field of machine learning and deep learning.  More specifically, her work examines the use of deep neural network architectures and probabilistic graphical models as an approach to solving new challenges in image processing and analysis.

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Neda Rohani - 2015 Fellow

Neda completed her Ph.D. in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, under the mentorship of Professor Aggelos Katsaggelos, at Northwestern University.

She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Iran. Her research interests are Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Signal Processing.

Vivian Tang - 2016 and 2018 Fellow

Vivian is a Ph.D. student in Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, at Northwestern University.

Her work involves investigating deep Earth’s structure beneath East Asia by seismological and geophysical methods. She is originally from Taiwan and received her Master’s degree in Geosciences from National Taiwan University.

Michael Zevin - 2016 and 2018 Fellow

Mike is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University.

He is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and has multiple research interests in gravitational wave astrophysics ranging from LIGO detector data analysis to source formation channels of gravitational wave events.

He is originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago and received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy, Physics, and Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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