I am greatly interested in
bringing together ideas from probabilistic inference and
quantum/statistical physics. On the one hand, this should
help create better algorithms for perception and decision
making, which can be used to build autonomous agents agents
that understand the physical world and interact with it
more robustly. On the other hand, I believe that tools from
probabilistic inference will help better understand
emergent phenomena in many-body physics, such as
holographic quantum gravity. I would love chat about my
research or related topics; feel free to get in touch, if
you're interested and have thoughts to share.
I started off my PhD working in particle physics and cosmology. Along the way, I got really interested in the notion of renormalization group flow in complex systems with many degrees of freedom, and how this seemingly leads to the dynamical emergence of an extra dimension corresponding to hierarchical organization. I find it fascinating how ideas at the heart of renormalization group flow, mixed with inputs from information theory and computational complexity, might have deep and diverse applications such as statistical inference, and the holographic emergence of gravity from quantum mechanics!
I have been teaching a unique course designed at giving students with a non-technical background an exposure to science and scientific thinking. The first segment of the course (PS303, which I teach) has a nominal focus on mechanics, but draws on examples from daily life, and emphasizes inquiry, to help students see how critical analysis and quantitative thinking can help in understanding happenings and making judicious decisions.
One of my favourite class exercises focuses on conveying an understanding of exponentials.
I enjoy swimming and playing squash these days.
I write a lot (mostly for myself), and try to occasionally blog some of that. (I haven't gotten around to publishing my recent writing, or content from my old blogs, so the content there is somewhat sparse and dated)
I like to read a variety of stuff; mostly
I have spend quite some time participating on the
Physics StackExchange website, writing expository
answers, sharing and growing my knowledge.