I am looking for exceptional and self-motivated students/scholars to join my group.  We work at the intersection of several exciting theoretical topics (e.g., uncertainty quantification, tensor methods, model-order reduction) and application fields (e.g., nano-scale electronics/MEMS/photonics, medical imaging, robotic and autonomous systems). Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Uncertainty-aware design automation for integrated photonics, IC and MEMS

  • Modeling, control and verification of uncertain dynamic systems arising from robotics and autonomous driving

  • Tensor-based high-dimensional data analysis and machine learning (including algorithm and hardware implementation)

  • Electromagnetic modeling and image data analysis for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Please check our publications for the details. Science and engineering students (majored in electrical engineering, applied math, computer science, statistics, mechanical engineering, astronautics and aeronautics, physics, etc.) with strong quantitative and math skills are highly encouraged to apply. Prior related research experience (e.g., electronic or photonic design automation, uncertainty quantification, tensors, numerical modeling, optimization, control and/or verification, robotic modeling) is preferred, but generally not required.

Below is the information for some openings:

  • PhD students. We have full financial supports (RA, TA, fellowships) for a few PhD students starting from Fall 2018. If you are interested in joining our group, please submit an application online and indicate my full name in the application systems. We may also have additional PhD openings for excellent students with external funding support.

  • Postdoc scholars/fellows. Research funding for postdoc scholars is uncertain at this moment. If you have external financial supports or postdoc fellowship, you are encouraged to contact me by email.

  • Visiting students/scholars/professors. We welcome visiting students/scholars/professors to conduct collaborative research, and we prefer to host visitors who already have some research experience in related fields. Visitors are expected to cover their cost by external funding. Interested applicants should contact me directly by email.

  • MSc or undergraduate researchers. We can schedule a meeting if you are studying at UCSB and if you are interested in working with my group.     

Examples of External Financial Supports and Fellowships: NSF Graduate Fellowship, DOE Graduate Fellowship, China Scholarship Council (中国国家留学基金委) Fellowship (for PhD students, postdocs and visiting scholars), Marie Curie Fellowship for EU citizens, financial supports from the visitors' own employers or institutions.

Contact me? I will be available to answer only a few emails. You are more likely to get my responses if you have done some related research or have carefully read some of my papers. In your inquiry email, please indicate your interested research areas and briefly describe how much you know about those areas. For graduate applicants, the email title should be "Graduate Application 2018" + your full names. You are encouraged to contact me if you need my help on your application of external fellowship (e.g., NSF graduate fellowship or CSC fellowship). You are suggested to provide a link to (or PDF files of) the following documents in your email:

  • A full CV;

  • Academic transcripts;

  • Representative publications (if available);

  • A brief research statement (with one or two pages) describing your research plan (for visiting scholars and postdoc).

Do NOT ask me to evaluate the chance of admission regarding your case. Such an inquiry email will be deleted.

How will the PhD application cases be evaluated? Your online application case will be reviewed based on your education background, academic transcripts, research experience & outcomes, recommendation letters, research statement, etc. Personally, I do NOT care much about your GRE score (while other professors may care). An excellent research record, which is generally shown by good conference/journal publications, can make your case stand out.