Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join your lab?

Are you a CSU graduate student already? Great! Feel free to reach out via the contact page!

Otherwise, the first step is to apply to our department. In your application, you may be able to indicate your interest in working with me specifically. Admitted students are welcome to reach out to let me know of their interest.

If I'm admitted, what are my chances of getting a spot in your lab?

Honestly, I don't know. I am regularly pursuing funding to support new students, so please watch the blog as well as signallab.ai for announcements of new funding and recruiting. Space in the SIGNAL Lab is limited due to high demand and depends on a number of factors, such as available funding, time, resources, and establishing a positive working relationship, which is why... (see below)

What are your expectations for new students?

Typically I ask new students to work with me for a semester before committing to a formal advising relationship with funding. This allows us to establish a mutual area of interest and to be sure we work well together.

Do you work with undergrads?

I'm open to it. If you are a CSU undergrad interested in part-time research work, feel free to reach out. The usual caveats apply (resources, funding, your background, etc.).

What makes a prospective student stand out?

The most important thing is to have an idea of the kinds of problems that excite you and you want to work on. Having strong technical skills in the standard machine learning frameworks is always good. Software engineering skills and skill in the Unity game engine is a plus. But what excites you and why am I the right person to help you develop those ideas?

I want to study machine learning. Can I work with you?

What do you want to use machine learning for? If you have a compelling answer to that, we'll fit much better together.

Are you on the admissions committee?

For Fall 2021, no.

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