I'm a second-year graduate student in the Computer Sciences department at University of Wisconsin – Madison. You can find me in-person in the Graphics Lab at CS 1347 or via e-mail at [lastname]@cs.wisc.edu.
My current research interest lies at bringing the power of visual and parallel computation to biochemical problems and creating useful tools for their domain experts. I am working with Professors Mike Gleicher (graphics) and Julie Mitchell (biostat) on chemical similarity analysis of protein surfaces using local, multi-scale descriptors.
Before Coming to Madison...
I did my undergraduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle. In five years there, I gained a bachelors degree in both Computer Science and Chemistry (ACS certification). My primary research advisor was Dave Bacon (currently at Google) in the area of quantum computation.
Before coming to Madison, I spent two years at Microsoft working on their telemetry-gathering systems. Yes, sending your crash reports gets those kernel-crashes fixed! Concurrently, I helped out at UW GEMSEC with computational chemistry and scripting, and also co-advised an REU student.
Some class projects, some research projects. Partly a collection for my own reference...
- "Molecular Recognition of Multilayer Graphene by
Y. Hayamizu, C. So, A. Sarikaya, E.E. Oren, M. Sarikaya
[paper] (manuscript under review)
- The Limits of Adiabatic Quantum Computation
University of Washington, Honors Senior Thesis, June 2009
- MapReduce for Repy
University of Washington, CSE 490H – Distributed Systems, March 2009
[paper] [slides] [code]
- Aconitase – Bioinorganic Structure and Mechanism
University of Washington, Chem 419 – Bioinorganic Chemistry, June 2008
I have been enlightened that we are the only Computer Sciences department in the nation (note the s at the end), so I'm excited to be in Madison. I helped out with the department's Welcome Weekend (2012); if you've come and still have questions, feel free to contact me!
If you're into this sort of thing, follow me everywhere online.
- Alpertopia! (personal blog)
- github (newish)
- Yelp (now Elite '13!)
Last Updated Jan 15th, 2013