Yinan (Tom) Xuan


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yxuan <at> ucsd <dot> edu

I am currently a ECE PhD student working with Professor Edward Wang, majoring in Machine Learning and Data Science at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I received my undergraduate training at UCSD in major of Physiology and Neuroscience with a minor of Cognitive Science. During my M.S. training, I worked with Professor Jing Wang to study the neurobiology of olfaction in Drosophila Melanogaster, also known as the fruit flies.

My research interests lie at the intersection of ubiquitous computing and personal tracking. I am interested in enabling what I refer to as unconscious interaction, where users' natural behaviors can implicitly facilitate seamless and personalized usage of computational system. I am trying to achieve this goal by leveraging both machine learning and my hardware and software prototyping skills.

During my M.S. training, I have developed and integrated an image processing software to extract individual cell activity information from videos of flattened fruit fly guts. I have also devised and implemented an olfactory virtual reality system to measure odor guided behaviors in fruit flies. I also had the opportunity to participate in building a custom three-photon fluorescent imaging rig, where I learned free-space optics while aligning ultrafast laser for multiphoton (two & three photon) microscopy. In addition, I helped build a custom (2nd order) auto-correlator to characterize the pulse-width of ultrafast emission from an Optical Parametric Amplifier.

If you want to know more about my work, or discuss any research ideas, please feel free to email me!