I am currently a Postdoc at University of
California, Davis, with the Complexity Sciences Center.
My advisor is Jim Crutchfield.
My work at Davis has focused on developing tools for the study of infinite
state hidden Markov models, focusing on the Shannon entropy rate and the
divergence of statistical complexity. This is accomplished by recasting the
hidden Markov models as chaotic dynamical systems and applying tools from
dynamical systems to study the information theoretic properties of the
underlying process. This theoretical work has found has found application to
quantum measurement of single-qubit sources, as well as in the study of the
exact thermodynamic functioning of Maxwellian-ratchet style information
Before coming to Davis, I attended Marietta College from 2011 to 2015, where
I earned a BS in Physics and a BS in Math. During my undergraduate years I
was lucky to be mentored by (the sadly late) Cavendish McKay, who introduced me
to the study of chaotic systems. For this, I cannot thank him enough. Prior
to this introduction, I was focused on optics: as an undergraduate I spent
one summer at the ENS Cachan Quantum and Molecular Photonics Laboratory
(LPQM) in Paris through the Optics in the City of
Light iREU at the University of Michigan, and another at the Linac Coherent Light Source
(LSLC) through the Department of Energy SULI program.
Although I have been lucky to live and travel around the world, I was raised
in the Bay Area. My pronouns are she/her. When I am not working on research,
I am dancing ballet, out rock climbing, or cuddling up with my 13 year old
beagle, Abby. If you're interested in keeping up with me on social media, my
twitter is (semi-) active.