Frank Wood - taken on Tenerife, Canary Islands, ESP

Frank has moved! Frank is now an assistant professor in the statistics department at Columbia University. His new homepage is here. Recent Highlights


My research effort is directed towards contributing models and algorithms to the field of statistical machine learning. My current applied research focus is on problems in neural data modeling, natural language processing, and robotics.

I believe that the conceptual symbiosis between neuroscience and computer science (particularly in machine learning) is still in its infancy. As a computer scientist I believe that the computational superiority exhibited by even the most simple biological organisms is a strong argument for doing research at the intersection of these two fields.

My style is to build machine learning algorithms that improve on the state of the art by drawing from scientific findings at all levels of scientific investigation (physics to psychology). I am particularly interested in pursuing the connections between specific features of Bayesian machine learning algorithms and the biological mechanisms they very much resemble.