Photo: Jason Dorfman, CSAIL photographer
Where did you grow up: Near Princeton, New Jersey
What was your academic path before coming to grad school at MIT? I went to high school in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, then came to MIT for undergrad in mathematics. I spent my junior year abroad at Cambridge University studying math as part of the Cambridge MIT Exchange program. After my BA, I studied computer science at Ecole Polytechnique in France as an international student through the MIT-France program. Then I came back to MIT! Now I'm a graduate student in Computer Graphics with Fredo Durand.
What did you want to be when you were younger? Is that still an interest of yours?
What is something most people would be surprised to learn about you? There was no television in my house - I grew up without TV!
What department are you currently working in, and when did you start there? I started graduate school in computer science doing graphics with Fredo Durand in Fall 2004.
What are you working on and why are you passionate about it? I'm working on modeling where humans look in images for applications in computer graphics. It's amazing that humans understand as much as they do given that they only focus on a few select points in an image. Understanding where they look can tell us a lot about the human perceptual system, and about how to create compelling images!
What is your favorite thing about working at CSAIL? All the colors and wacky walls and the guest speakers that come to our building to give great talks.
What effect do you think your area of work will have on the world in the next decade? As we better understand where humans look and what attracts their attention, we will be better able to enhance images, make clearer documents and design effective products.
What are your future plans? Work on doing something useful and being happy.
What advice would you give a prospective CSAIL graduate student? This is your PhD - make sure you get something out of the experience. Enjoy your fabulous classmates and labmates and professors for all their contributions.
Is there anything else you'd like to share? Welcome! Step up for your drink from the firehose:)