Sophomore year, I thought my professor was archaic for seriously discussing FORTRAN as a language, but Lawrence Livermore National Lab still uses it because the numerical routines written in it have been battle-tested for decades. Python makes things better by wrapping those routines in simple syntax, batteries included. But there are some kinks, too. I determined a subtle and damaging flaw in a major Python library and corrected it.
Children are a long way off for me, given that I don’t know where I’ll wind up in a year. For many U.S. families, they’re too far off, though. The best fertility planning out there still isn’t good enough, so we’re applying machine learning to the problem.
What are the two hot topics of 2016? Celebrity deaths and elections. I’ll admit that I caught the bug, too. I’m working with two professors on dynamical (think differential equations) models of the American electorate.
SMU’s algorithm engineering class has been facetiously called a “course in computational creativity.” This creativity was stretched into graph theory for the class’s final project: fast algorithms for graph coloring and finding communication backbones in wireless sensor networks.