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I am interested in a variety of problems in the mathematical foundations of Data Science, motivated by the need to exploit data to advance scientific discovery and build generalizable, interpretable predictive models. These problems require ideas and techniques from a variety of areas, including Harmonic Analysis, Approximation Theory, Probability and Statistics. Scalable algorithms are a requirement, and I often use multiscale techniques to develop near-linear time algorithms to implement efficiently the estimators developed in theory.
I apply these techniques to the study of physical systems, e.g. to the analysis of molecular dynamics data in order to automatically learn reduced models or speed up simulations, or to infer models of complex agent-based systems (e.g. to model cell dynamics), to the study of hyperspectral images (e.g. for unsupervised segmentation or anomaly detection), to reinforcement learning (to learn optimal policies for automated agents).
I am a mathematician, originally from Milano (Lombardia, Italy), a beautiful region with lakes and surrounded by part of the Alps. I am currently employed as Bloomberg professor in the Mathematics, and the Applied Mathematics and Statistics departments at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, U.S.A.
See my Research page for more info about:
- Learning Interaction Kernels in interacting particle- or agent-based systems.
- Diffusion Wavelets: a construction of families of wavelets and Multi-resolution Analyses on graphs, manifolds and point clouds. Pictures, papers and presentations available.
- Diffusion Geometries: here are some links to the use of diffusion geometries in data analysis.
- Multiscale Geometric Methods for Data: various techniques for studying geometry of high-dimensional data in a multiscale fashion.
- Analysis of Molecular Dynamics Data: in collaboration with Cecilia Clementi and her lab, we use the geometric structure of data generated from molecular dynamics data to construct observables that provide reaction coordinates and reduced, low-dimensional dynamics that well-approximates the long-time dynamics of the original system.
- Multiscale Analysis of Markov Decision Processes.
- Visualization of large data sets.
- Harmonic Analysis and Wavelets: here I talk a bit about Harmonic Analysis and provide links to related web pages.
- HyperSpectral Imaging and Pathology: hyper-spectral imaging applied to pathology.
Postdocs and students
My research group may have open positions for graduate students and postdocs. Areas of interest include stochastic dynamical systems, statistical signal processing, statistical/machine learning, high-dimensional probability and geometry, spectral graph theory and signal processing on graphs, reinforcement learning. Please use mathjobs to apply, and also consider the J.J. Sylvester Asst. Prof. positions in Math.
Past students and postdocs