ESP Biography
MADHU ADVANI, Stanford PhD in Applied Physics
Major: Applied Physics College/Employer: Stanford Year of Graduation: 2015 

Brief Biographical Sketch:
My current research uses methods from physics to understand the performance of inference algorithms trying to learn hidden variables in high dimensional spaces. My primary interests are in applications of statistical physics (both equilibrium and nonequilibrium) to interesting realworld problems. My lab generally works on theoretical neuroscience  using math to help us understand the brain. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)M3665: The Mathematics of Gambling in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12  13, 2014)
The inventor of Information Theory (Claude Shannon) made a personal fortune by applying Gambling theory both to Vegas and the Stock Market. I'll talk about the math he used and a little about the mathematicians and physicists who became rich in the process.
M3145: Paradoxes of High Dimensional Statistics in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02  03, 2013)
We will discuss what has come to be known as "the curse of dimensionality"   a major challenge of modern data analysis important for making predictions in health care, biology, economics, and even presidential elections. Paradoxically, sometimes more data can lead to illusions of structure, and erroneous notsoscientific findings. We will discuss some of these paradoxes and how mathematicians and scientists solve highdimensional problems.
