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Current Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Mehmet Aktukmat ( (Postdoc)
  • Neophytos Charalambides ( (EECS PHD)
  • Conrad Hougen ( (EECS PhD)
  • Robert Malinas ( (EECS PHD)
  • Dogyoon Song ( (Postdoc)
  • Zeyu Sun ( (EECS PHD)
  • Ren Wang ( (Postdoc)
  • Yu Wang ( (Statistics PhD)
  • Audelia Wittbrodt ( (Applied Physics PHD)
  • Haonan Zhu (EECS PHD)

Former Group Members

Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

  1. Byoungwook Jang ( (Statistics PHD)
  2. Elyas Sabeti (2019-2021), Research Staff, General Motors AI Labs, Austin Texas
  3. Mayank Baranwal (2018-2020), Adj Professor, IIT Bombay,  India.
  4. Rohit Gupta (2019-2020), Asst Professor, Dept Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay India.
  5. Lin Zhou (2018-2020), Asst Professor, Beihang University, Beijing China.
  6. Salimeh Yasaei Sekeh (2016-2019), Asst. Prof at the University of Maine,Orono. 
  7. Abram Magner (2018-2019), Asst. Prof at the State University of New York at Albany.
  8. Farshad Harirchi (2017-2018), Research Staff, Scientific Research Laboratory, Ford Inc, Dearborn Michigan
  9. Hye Won Chung (2014-2017), Asst. Prof at KAIST, Seoul Korea.
  10. (Easton) Li Xu (2017-2018), Asst Prof at Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  11. Sijia Liu (2016-2017), Asst Professor, Michigan State University
  12. Yasin Yilmaz (2014-2016), Asst Professor at University of South Florida
  13. Taposh Banerjee (2014-2015), Asst Prof at University of Texas, San Antonio
  14. Jie Chen (2014-2015), Professor at Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xian China.
  15. Goran Marjanovic (2013-2014), Research Scientist, Univ South Wales Australia
  16. Greg Newstadt, (2012-2014), Software Engineer at Google, Inc.
  17. Alex Kulesza, (2012-2014), Research Scientist, Google, NYC
  18. Joyce Liu, (2012-2013), Postdoc at UC Berkeley and UPenn
  19. Dennis Wei (2011-2013) (.html), IBM Watson Research, Yorktown Heights New York
  20. Sung Jin Hwang, (2012), Software Engineer at Google, Inc.
  21. Koby Todros (2010-2012), Professor, Ben Gurion Univ, Israel.
  22. Francesca Bassi (2011-2012), Research Scientist, ENST Paris.
  23. Roni Mittelman (2010-2011), Senior Applied Scientist, AI and Research Group, Microsoft, Sunnyvale CA.
  24. Xu Chen (2010-2011) (.html). Research Engineer. Sharp Labs of America.
  25. Ami Wiesel (2007-2009), Professor, Hebrew University, ami at
  26. Eran Bashan (2008) CEO Hygiea Inc,
  27. Nicolas Dobigeon (2007), Professor ENSEEIHT (Toulouse)
  28. Mark Kliger (2006-2007), CTO Medasense Biometrics, Ltd, mkliger at
  29. Neal Patwari (2005-2006), Professor University of Utah, npatwari at
  30. Raviv Raich (2004-2007), Associate Professor Oregon State University, raich at
  31. Pei-Jung Chung (2004), Lecturer, University of Edinborough, UK, peijung_chung at
  32. Cyrille Hory (2003-2004), Research Staff INRETS, Paris France hory at
  33. Christophe Vignat (2000-2001), Professor Univ. of Paris XI, Paris France. Christophe.VIGNAT at
  34. Stephane Chretien, (1995-1998), Professor University of Lyon, France, stephane.chretien at
  35. Olivier Michel, (1993-1994), Professor INP, Grenoble, France olivier.michel at

Former PhD Students

  1. Byoungwook Jang, Meta/Facebook NYC. Thesis title: Probabilistic Decomposition in Machine Learning Problems (.pdf), Dept. of Statistics, April 2022.
  2. Yaya Zhai, Research Scientist, Vivosense, Inc. Thesis title: Digital Biomarker Models for Prediction of Infectious Disease Susceptibility (.pdf), Dept of Computation Medicine and Bioinformatics, Aug 2021.
  3. Yun Wei, Post-doc, Duke and SAMSI. Thesis title: Theoretical Foundations for Clustering and Screening Heterogeneous and High dimensional Data. (.pdf). Dept of Mathematics (AIM), Jan. 2020.
  4. Morteza Noshad, Post-doc at Stanford University. Thesis title: Estimation of Information Measures and Applications in Machine Learning (.pdf). Dept of EECS, Jan. 2020.
  5. Joel LeBlanc, Michigan Tech Research Institute, Ann Arbor. Thesis title: Optical Systems Identification for Passive Electro-Optical Imaging (.pdf). Dept of EECS, Jan. 2020.
  6. Brandon Oselio, Postdoc Univ of Michigan. Thesis title: Models and Inference with Network Structure (.pdf). Dept of EECS, June. 2019
  7. Elizabeth Hou, Research Staff, STR, Boston MA. Thesis title:  Anomaly Detection and Sequential Filtering with Partial Observations, (.pdf).  Dept. of EECS, Jan. 2020.
  8. Tianpei Xie, Applied Scientist, Amazon. Thesis title: Robust Learning from Multiple Information Sources(.pdf). Dept of EECS May 2017.
  9. Kristjan Greenewald, Research Staff, IBM AI Lab, Cambridge MA, Thesis title: High dimensional covariance estimation for spatio-temporal processes(.pdf). Dept of EECS Jan. 2017.
  10. Pin-Yu Chen , Research Staff, IBM Watson. Thesis title: Analysis and actions on graph data(.pdf). Dept of EECS Sept. 2016.
  11. Kevin Moon, Asst Professor, Utah State University. Thesis title: Nonparametric Estimation of Distributional Functionals and Applications(.pdf). Dept of EECS Aug. 2016.
  12. Yu-Hui Chen . Software Engineer, Google, Mountain View. Thesis title: Multimodal Image Fusion and Its Applications(.pdf). Dept of EECS Nov. 2015.
  13. Dae-Yon Jung . Research Scientist, Korean manpower establishment. Thesis title: Feature Selection and Non-Euclidean Dimensionality Reduction: Application to Electrocardiology(.pdf). Dept of EECS June 2015.
  14. Hamed Firouzi. Vice President, Goldman Sachs, New York, NY. Thesis title “High Dimensional Correlation Networks and Their Applications.” (.pdf).Dept of EECS Feb. 2015.
  15. Zhaoshi Meng. Senior researcher at Vicarious, Inc., San Francisco CA. Thesis title “Distributed learning, prediction and detection in probabilistic graphs.” Dept of EECS Aug. 2014.
  16. Jeffrey Calder. Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Minnesota. Formerly, Morrey Assistant Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley. Thesis title “Hamilton-Jacobi equations for sorting and percolation problems,” (.pdf) . Dept. Mathematics, AIM Program, Apr. 2014. (Co-chair Selim Esedoglu).
  17. Ko-Jen (Mark) Hsiao. Senior research scientist at Netflix, Inc. Thesis title “Combining Disparate Information for Machine Learning,” (.pdf) . Dept. EECS Apr. 2014.
  18. Ted Tsiligkaridis . Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington MA. High Dimensional Separable Representations for Statistical Estimation and Controlled Sensing(.pdf) . Dept. EECS Dec. 2013.
  19. Se-Un Park . Research staff, Schlumberger Research, Cambridge MA. Reconstruction, Classification, and Segmentation for Computational Microscopy, (.pdf) . Dept. EECS Aug. 2013.
  20. Paul Shearer , ( at Data scientist at MassMutual Financial Group, Boston MA. Separable inverse problems, blind deconvolution, and stray light correction for extreme ultraviolet solar images, (.pdf) , Program in Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, May 2013. (Co-chairs Anna Gilbert and Rich Frazin).
  21. Greg Newstadt (newstage37 at Software Engineer, Google, Inc, Pittsburgh PA. Adaptive sensing techniques for dynamic target tracking and detection with applications to synthetic aperture radars, (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, Jan 2013.
  22. Tzu-Yu Liu ( Senior machine learning scientist, Freenome, San Francisco. Thesis Statistical Learning for Sample-Limited High-dimensional Problems with Application to Biomedical Data (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, Jan 2013. (Co-chair Clayton Scott).
  23. Sung Jin Hwang ( Software Engineer at Google, Inc, Mountain View, CA. Thesis Geometric representation of high dimensional data (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, Oct 2012. (Co-chair Steven Damelin).
  24. Kevin Xu ( Assistant Professor, University of Toledo, OH. Thesis ,Computational methods for learning and inference on dynamic networks (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, May 2012.
  25. Kumar Sricharan ( Principal Data Scientist, Intuit. Thesis Neighborhood graphs for estimation of density functionals, (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, April 2012.
  26. Arnau Tibau Puig ( Director of Data Science, LetsGo, Barcelona. Thesis Learning from high-dimensional multivariate signals, (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, Jan 2012.
  27. Yilun Chen ( Vice President – Engineering, Join Intelligent Solution. Shanghai China. Thesis Regularized Estimation of High-dimensional Covariance Matrices (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, March 2011.
  28. Yongsheng Huang ( Software Engineer, DataBricks Boston. Thesis (Bioinformatics) Integrative Statistical Learning and Applications in Predicting Features of Diseases and Health (.pdf) , Bioinformatics Program, Jan 2011. (Co-chair Jay Hess).
  29. Patrick Harrington ( Head of Machine Learning and Risk, Square Inc. Thesis (Bioinformatics) Inverse problems in high dimensional stochastic systems under uncertainty, (.pdf) , Bioinformatics Program, Aug. 2010.
  30. Kevin Carter ( Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft, Inc. Formerly Associate Group Leader, at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Thesis (EECS) Dimensionality Reduction on Statistical Manifolds, (.pdf) , Dept. of EECS, Dec. 2008.
  31. Arvind Rao ( Associate Professor, Dept. of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan. Thesis (EECS/Bioinformatics) Prospective identification of long-range transcriptional regulatory regions via integrative genomics, (.pdf) . Bioinformatics Program and Dept. of EECS, July 2008. (Co-chairs David states and Douglas Engel).
  32. Eran Bashan ( CEO, Director and Founder, Hygiea Inc, Ann Arbor MI. Thesis (EECS) Efficient resource allocation schemes for search, (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, May 2008. (Co-chair Jeffrey Fessler).
  33. Jay Marble , Senior EW Engineer at URS Federal Services, Bloomington IN. Thesis (EECS) Advances in surface penetrating technologies for imaging, detection, and classification, (.pdf) . Dept. EECS, Dec. 2007.
  34. Raghuram Rangarajan . Principal Engineer at Mimosa Networks, San Jose CA. Thesis (EECS) Resource constrained adaptive sensing, (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, Aug 2006.
  35. Derek Justice (djusticed at Research Staff at SAS Institute Inc, Raleigh NC. Thesis (EECS) “Inference methods for message endpoint localization in networks,” (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, Aug. 2006.
  36. Dongxiao Zhu (dongxiaozhu at Professor of Computer Science Wayne State University, Detroit MI. Thesis (EECS) “Reconstructing Signaling Pathways from High Throughput Data” (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, May 2006.
  37. Doron Blatt (dblatt at CEO of DRW Israel, Head of Algorithmic Trading at DRW Trading Group, Chicago IL. Thesis (EECS) “Performance Evaluation and Optimization for Inference Systems: Model Uncertainty, Distributed Implementation, and Active Sensing,” (.pdf) . Dept. EECS, May 2006.
  38. Michael Ting ( Software developer at Criteo, Paris France. Thesis (EECS) “Signal Processing for Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy,” (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, May 2006.
  39. Neal Patwari (npatwari at Professor at Washington University,  St Louis. Thesis (EECS) Location estimation in sensor networks (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, Sept. 2005.
  40. Jose Costa . Quantitative Analyst at Teza Technologies, Chicago. Thesis (EECS) (.pdf) Random graphs for structure discovery in high dimensional data , Dept. EECS, Aug. 2005.
  41. Chris Kreucher ( Senior Systems Engineer at Integrity Applications Incorporated in Ann Arbor, MI. Thesis (EECS) (.pdf) An information-based approach to sensor resource allocation , Dept. EECS, Feb. 2005.
  42. Clyde Shih (mfshih at Senior Machine Learning Scientist, Apple, Inc. Thesis (EECS) (.pdf) Unicast Internet Tomography , Dept. EECS, Jan. 2005.
  43. Huzefa Neemuchwala . Senior Director for Data and Digital Solutions, Medtronic. Thesis (Biomedical Engineering) (.pdf) Entropic graphs for image registration , Dept. Biomedical Engineering, Jan. 2005.
  44. Tom Kragh (thomas.kragh at Senior Principal Research Engineer, BAE Systems Inc, NH. Thesis (EECS) (.pdf) Tradeoffs and limitations in statistically based image reconstruction problems , Dept. EECS, Sept. 2002.
  45. Jia Li (li4 at Professor at Oakland University, MI. PhD Thesis (Biomedical Engineering) (.pdf) Three dimensional shape modeling: segmentation, reconstruction and registration , Dept. BME, Jan. 2002,
  46. Mahesh Godavarti (mgodavarti at Chief Scientist at Ditech Networks (mgodavarti at Thesis (EECS) (.pdf) Antenna arrays in wireless communications, , Dept. EECS, July 2001.
  47. Riten (Robby) Gupta Research Staff TRW Inc, Los Angeles (Riten.Gupta at Thesis (EECS) (.pdf) Quantization Strategies for Low-Power Communications, , Dept. EECS, May 2001.
  48. Hyungsoo Kim, Research Engineer at Samsung Electronics, Korea ( at, dearhs at Thesis (EECS) (.pdf) Adaptive target detection in radar imaging, , Dept. EECS, Jan. 2001.
  49. Bing Ma , Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas NV. ( Thesis (EECS) (.pdf) `Parametric and non-parametric approaches for multisensor data fusion Dept. EECS, Jan. 2001.
  50. Robinson Piramuthu , Principal Research Scientist and Director of Computer Vision at eBay Research Labs. Thesis (EECS) Robust fusion of MRI and ECT data, and acceleration of EM algorithm using proximal point approach , Dept. of EECS, May 2000.
  51. Anne Sauve , Lead Data Scientist at Cisco. PhD Thesis System modeling, sampling, interpolation and iterative reconstruction for the 3D Compton camera, Dept. of EECS, Jan. 2000.
  52. Steven Titus, CTO, BIS Global, Raleigh NC. Formerly Director of Engineering at Echo360, Raleigh NC. Thesis (EECS) Improved penalized likelihood image reconstruction of anatomically correlated emission computed tomography data , Dept. EECS, Oct. 1996. (Co-chair Jeffrey Fessler).
  53. Ilan Sharfer, Senior Algorithms Engineer, ECI Telecom, Israel. PhD Thesis Recursive algorithms for digital communications using the discrete wavelet transform , Dept. EECS, Oct. 1996
  54. Mohammad Usman, Vice President of Engineering, Masimo Corporation, Irvine CA (usman92691 at Thesis (EECS) Biased and unbiased Cramer-Rao bounds: computational issues and applications (.pdf) , Dept. EECS, Aug. 1994.
  55. Ron Delap, Dean, School of Engineering at Spring Arbor University. Formerly, Professor and Dean of Engineering and Engineering Technology, LeTourneau University, Longview TX. PhD Thesis ADEPT: Task Specific Adaptive Beamforming , Dept. EECS, May 1994.
  56. Nick Antoniadis, Professor of Computer Engineering, TEI of Epirus, Greece. Thesis (EECS) Time Delay Estimation for Inhomogeneous Poisson Processes in the Presence of Gaussian Noise , Dept. EECS, Oct. 1992.
  57. Bulent Baygun, Market Strategist and Quantitative Researcher at Laurion Capital. Formerly, Head of Interest Rate Strategy, BNP-Paribas, New York NY (bbaygun at Thesis (EECS) Optimal Strategies and Tradeoffs for Joint Detection and Estimation , Dept. EECS, Oct. 1992.
  58. Nick Petrick, Deputy Director of the Division of Imaging and Applied Math and Director of the Image Analysis Laboratory, Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Thesis (EECS) Optimal Arrival Time Estimators for Electromagnetic Radiation Detectors , Dept. EECS, July 1992.
  59. John Gorman, Professional Consultant at JD Gorman Associates, Previously Program Manager (STO) at DARPA, Chief Scientist at SAIC. Thesis (EECS) Error Bounds in Constrained Estimation , Dept. EECS, June 1991.
  60. Ling Shao, Director of Imaging Physics, Philips Healthcare, CA. Thesis (Bioengineering Program) Mutual Information Optimization and Evaluation of Single Photon Computed Tomography , Bioengineering Program, Oct. 1989.
  61. Joong K. Kim, Professor at Sung Kyun Kwan University, Korea (jkkim at Thesis (EECS) Time Delay Estimation with Nuisance Parameters: Performance Approximation and Coarse Acquisition , Dept. EECS, Oct. 1989.

Former Master’s Students

Former Bachelor’s Students

  • Phillip Yao UG ECE.
  • Benoit DuFumier (Stagiare), Now PhD student at Neurospin, Saclay France
  • Laurent Guillaume (Stagiare) laurent.guillaume at
  • Adam Pocholsky (UG-UROP)
  • Liyan Huang (UG-UROP)
  • Smita Krishnaswamy (UG-UROP)
  • Alina Chu (UG-UROP)
  • Hafez Hadinejad (TH-Darmstadt)
  • Richard Cheung (UM)
  • Christophe Guillouet (ECN)

Other Students

  • Jindan Yu University of Michigan (, PhD Thesis (.pdf) Transcript profiling of the cone-only Nrl-knockout retina using custom cDNA-microarrays: identification of novel targets of Nrl and of signaling pathways involved photoreceptor function , Dept. BME, Jan. 2004,
  • Jeffrey O’Neill, PhD Dept EECS, Univ of Michigan.
  • Anne-Emanuelle Badel , PhD at Ecole Normale Superieure Lyon, France
  • Yong Zhang, PhD in BME at Univ of Michigan. Presently at KLA-TENCOR.


Recent Collaborators (<3 years)

Michigan: Tim Cernak, School of Pharmacy; Yang Chen, Dept Statistics; Walter Dempsey, Dept Biostatistics; Danai Koutra, Dept EECS-CSE; Hessam Madhavifar, Dept EECS-ECE; Raj Nadakuditi, Dept EECS-ECE; Indika Rajapakse, Dept Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics; Peter Song, Dept Biostatstics; Angela Violi, Dept Mechanical Engineering;


Altman, Yoan     Herriot Watt University, UK;

Bobra, Monica   Stanford University;

Bresler, Yoram  UIUC;

Carin, Lawrence Duke;

Coleman, Todd  UCSD;

Davies, Mike      Univ Edinburgh, UK;

DiFulvio, Angela   UIUC;

Eldar, Yonina      Wiessman Institute, Israel;

Fisher, John        MIT;

Ginsburg, Geoffrey          NIH;

Jo Handelsman  Univ Wisconsin;

Kiyavash, Negar UIUC;

Lawrence, Earl   Los Alamos National Laboratory;

McLaughlin, Steve           Herriot Watt University, UK;

Mitra, Ubli          USC;

Nowak, Rob        Wisconsin;

Pazdernik, Karl  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory;

Pilanci, Mert      Stanford;

Parker, Joe  CalTech;

Couillet, Romain  Univ Grenoble, France;

Raginsky, Max   UIUC;

Rajaratnam, Bala             UC Davis;

Robinson, Ben   Air Force Research Laboratory;

Sadler, Brian      Army Research Laboratory;

Savarese, Silvio Stanford;

Smale, Steve      UC Berkeley;

Stokes, Adam     Univ Edinburgh, UK;

Tarokh, Vahid    Duke;

Thelen, Brian     Michigan Tech Research Institute;

Varshney, Pramod           Univ of Syracuse;

Venturelli,Ophelia           Univ Wisconsin;

Vince, Poor         Princeton;

Wu, Jaijun           Stanford University;

Zheng, Lizong    MIT;

Zhou, Shuheng  UC Riverside;

Past Collaborators (>3 years)

Dan Bliss, Arizona State University; Joachim Bohme, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum; Frank Bogun, Dept Cardiology, Univ of Michigan; Paul Carson, Dept Radiology, Univ of Michigan; David Castanon, Dept ECE Boston University; Clem Karl, Dept ECE Boston University; Neal Clinthorne, Dept Radiology Univ of Michigan; Neiyer Correal, Motorola; Steve Damelin, Univ of Michigan; David Donoho, Statistics, Stanford; Pierre Duhamel, CNRS, France; Douglas Engel, Dept Cell and Developmental Biology, Univ of Michigan; Selim Esedoglu, Dept Mathematics Univ of Michigan; .Jeffrey Fessler, Dept EECS Univ of Michigan; Rajiva Goyal, Internal Medicine F D M Plc; formerly at University Hospital at Univ Michigan; Simon Haykin, Mcmaster University; Michael Jordan, UC Berkeley; Keith Kastella, SRI; Spyros Kyperountas, Motorola; Sridhar Lakshmanan, Dept ECE, Univ. of Michigan – Dearborn; Stephane Mallat, Ecole Polytechnique, France; Tom Marzetta, Lucent Bell Laboratories -Murray Hill; Christoph Mecklenbrauker, Telecommunicaions Research Center, Vienna; Eric Miller, Tufts; Eric Moulines, Telecom Paris-Tech, Paris; Rob Nowak, ECE University of Wisconsin; Mila Nikolova, Dept Mathematics, Ecole Normal Superieure, Cachan France; Mike Rabat, McGill University; Les Rogers, Nuclear Medicine Univ of Michigan; Harry Schmitt, Raytheon Inc.; Stuart Schwartz, Princeton University (Doctoral Thesis Advisor); Stefano Soatto, UCLA; Wayne Stark, EECS Univ of Michigan; David States, Dept Human Genetics, Univ of Michigan; Gil Strang, Mathematics, MIT; Anand Swaroop, National Institutes of Health; Christophe Vignat, Univ. of Paris XI, France; Angela Violi, Mechanical Engineering Univ of Michigan; Bill Williams, EECS Univ of Michigan; Bin Yu, UC Berkeley.