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Josue Nassar a Finalist for Chancellor Distinguished PhD Graduate Award

Josue Nassar, a doctoral student in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Department of Electrical and Computer Engineeringwas one of five finalists for the Chancellor Distinguished PhD Graduate Dissertation Awards, recognizing the work done within the State University of New York (SUNY) system to address some of society’s most pressing issues.

Nassar was named a finalist for his thesis ‘Bayesian Machine Learning for Analyzing and Controlling Neural Populations’. He received a $1,000 award, which was announced on January 19 by SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr.

First place was awarded to Arshad Arjunan Nair of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the University of Albany for his thesis, “The Role of Ammonia in Atmospheric New Particle Formation and Implications for Cloud Condensation Nuclei.”

Nassar received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University in 2016 and 2018, respectively. His research interests lie at the intersection of computational neuroscience, reinforcement learning, signal processing, and Bayesian machine learning.

“In his thesis, Josue uses modern machine learning methods to build new generative models and design learning and control algorithms. A particularly interesting contribution to his research is a system designed to generate spatio-temporal data that enables dynamic descriptions at multiple levels of resolution,” said Petar Djuric, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “On the advice of Memming Park and Mónica Bugallo, Josue was our student as well as our student, so we are extremely proud of his achievements and recognition.”

The Chancellor Distinguished PhD Graduate Dissertation Awards were created to recognize the very best dissertations in the SUNY system. SUNY graduates approximately 1,200 doctoral students each year from its doctorate-granting campuses, with fields of study ranging from agriculture, biology, physics, and social sciences to engineering and fine arts. Competitions such as the Dissertation Awards highlight the vital work being done by the next generation of future leaders and researchers.

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“SUNY provides a vibrant research environment where students join a community of scientists who strive to use their unique talents to make the world a better place,” said King. “The exceptional recipients of this year’s Chancellor PhD Graduate Dissertation Awards are bound to spark new ideas and change the way we think about everything from cloud formation to cognitive function.”

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