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Austin Brockmeier

Austin Brockmeier

Assistant Professor
306 Evans Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
P: 4274

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PhD | 2014 | University of Florida
BS | 2009 | University of Nebraska–Lincoln


I am a computer scientist and electrical engineer working to develop the next generation of algorithms and statistical models for machine learning and data science to process and extract relevant information from complex, high-dimensional data sets. In this pursuit I am interested in mathematical and statistical approaches that accurately represent both the uncertainty and natural characteristics of signals and data. In particular, I am interested in processing and deciphering neural signals using better representations of the biophysiology of the brain.

As a graduate student, I collaborated with neuroscientists and other engineers to develop sensory prostheses that optimized subject-specific stimulation patterns to create naturalistic neural responses in downstream sensory areas. This required developing machine learning techniques to automatically identify the characteristics of the natural response that distinguish different stimuli. As a postdoctoral researcher, I was engaged in a multiyear project on processing large amounts of biomedical related text, both scientific abstracts and clinical records, to help with precision medicine and public health. The intellectual challenge with this work was dealing with high-dimensional sparse data. I developed approaches to search and organize large data sets, provide descriptions of persistent clusters, and quantify the significance of interesting patterns.


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