Fred Park


Whittier College


Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Zoom Meeting https://uci.zoom.us/j/92166021194 Meeting ID: 921 6602 1194



In the first part of this talk, I will discuss sparsity in data science by looking at two applications. The first in machine learning, where I will briefly introduce supervised classification and neural networks. I will then show how sparsity can be used to prune and compress these networks while retaining or even improving accuracy. The second application involves image segmentation. Here, I will show the role of sparsity in capturing boundaries of salient objects in an image. In the second part of this talk, I will discuss my experience with mentoring undergraduates in research by looking at two case studies. One in segmentation, and the other, in data clustering. Finally, I'll talk a bit about some of my service contributions and how they tie into student affairs and teaching.