Shariq Mobin

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PhD Student

Neuroscience

Olshausen Lab

Current Research

Our perception of sound consists of simultaneous sound-producing events which contain information about location, quality, and meaning. However this information is not explicit in the signal, the sound waveform that enters our ears is a composite of the individual sources in the world. In my research I focus on building causal, real-time, neural network models which are able to replicate aspects of this incredible behavior.

My fascination with computation began with my undergraduate study of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. I was astounded by the amazing things software could do: building searchable catalogs of the world wide web, mapping roads across the world, and much more. Towards the end of my studies I felt something lacking though, even the latest machine learning techniques seemed to fall short of human level computation. It was then that I began reading neuroscience in my free time, but nothing became of it formally. Years later I became bored of the my software engineering job and decided to pursue my interest in understanding, and building models of, human-level computation. It was then that I joined the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, I am now a third year PhD student in the Neuroscience department, working with Bruno Olshausen. In my free time I love to cook, play music, and travel.