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On computing shape: a study of the neural processes concerning naturalistic boundary conformation within the ventral visual pathway
The perception of shape is a remarkable computation, solved rapidly by the brain to extract boundary features within natural scenes while being robust against many visual obstacles. Interestingly, while observers typically ... 
On driven neural assemblies: synchrony, chaos and entropy.
(20140224)In this dissertation, I address mathematical problems arising from the field of theo retical neuroscience that share a common theme: temporally driven neural networks treated as perturbed, coupled nonlinear dynamical ... 
On the asymptotic behavior of internal layer solutions of advectiondiffusionreaction equations
(2001)We study the behavior of solutions of certain parabolic partial differential equations of the form ut = epsilon2 uxx + epsilong(u) ux + h(u) in the limit epsilon → 0+. Solutions of advectiondiffusion and reactiondiffusion ... 
On the instability of water waves with surface tension.
We analyze the stability of solutions to Euler's equations in the presence of surface tension. First we compute stationary solutions to periodic Euler's equations in a travelling frame of reference and then we analyze their ... 
Optimizationbased analysis of rigid mechanical systems with unilateral contact and kinetic friction
(2008)A widelyaccepted technique for the analysis of rigid mechanical systems with unilateral contact and Coulomb friction is to formulate the contact forces (or impulses) as the unknowns of a linear complementarily problem ... 
Reproducing color images with custom inks
(1998)This dissertation investigates the general problem of reproducing color images on an offset printing press using custom inks in any combination and number. Many mathematical and algorithmic challenges arise when printing ... 
RiemannHilbert Problems, Their Numerical Solution and the Computation of Nonlinear Special Functions
(20131114)The computation of special functions has important implications throughout engineering and the physical sciences. Nonlinear special functions include the solutions of integrable partial differential equations and the ... 
Robust RealTime Image Processing Through Dynamic Mode Decomposition
(20131114)In many areas of research, robust and efficient datamining, and datadriven modeling, have become essential to progressing our understanding of increasingly complex and nonlinear relations often embedded in cluttered ... 
SelfOptimizing Metamaterial Antennas
The reconfigurable holographic metamaterial antenna is an attractive new technology for satellite communications, particularly in mobile applications. This antenna is thin, lightweight, consumes little power to operate, ... 
Singlecolumn and mixedlayer model analysis of subtropical stratocumulus response mechanisms relevant to climate change
(20131114)Subtropical stratocumulus clouds are important part of the Earth's energy budget. The response of low clouds to Earth's changing climate is one of the dominant uncertainties in global warming projections, due primarily ... 
Some BoundaryValue Problems for Water Waves
(20120913)Euler's equations describe the evolution of waves on the surface of an ideal incompressible fluid. In this dissertation, I discuss some boundaryvalue problems associated with Euler's equations. My approach is motivated ... 
Spectral Methods for Partial Dierential Equations that Model Shallow Water Wave Phenomena
Mathematical models for waves on shallow water surfaces has been of interest to researchers dating back to the 1800's. These models are governed by partial differential equations, and many of them have rich mathematical ... 
A splitting algorithm for multistage stochastic programming with application to hydropower scheduling
(1997)With water in short supply and utility deregulation imminent, the problem of longterm scheduling on a hydroelectric power system has become increasingly important.Many of the algorithms developed for this largescale ... 
Statistical, Stochastic, and Dynamical Models of Neural Decision Making
(20130225)Models of decision making provide a direct link between behavior and neurobiology. How does the encoding and accumulation of evidence by neural circuits impact decision making performance? Through datadriven and ... 
Stochastic Modeling of Reversible Biochemical ReactionDiffusion Systems and HighResolution ShockCapturing Methods for Fluid Interfaces
My thesis contains two parts, both of which are motivated by biological problems. One is on stochastic reactiondiffusion for biochemical systems and the other on shockcapturing methods for fluid interfaces. In both parts, ... 
Towards PatientSpecific Mathematical Radiation Oncology
(20131114)The war against cancer continues to take its toll on society, even after many decades of focused, intensive research into its origins and cures. Increasingly, efforts are being made to incorporate physical sciences and ... 
Value function approximation methods for Linearlysolvable Markov Decision Process
(20140224)Optimal control provides an appealing machinery to complete complicated control tasks with limited prior knowledge. Both global methods and online trajectory optimization methods are powerful techniques for solving optimal ... 
Variability in Modified Estimators of VaR and ES
Modified ValueatRisk (mVaR) and Modified Expected Shortfall (mES) are risk estimators that can be calculated without modelling the distribution of asset returns. These modifided estimators use skewness and kurtosis ... 
Vortex Dynamics of Geostrophically Adjusted Density Perturbations in TriplyPeriodic Models of Stratified Incompressible Fluids
(20130225)A model exploring contributions to lateral dispersion in the oceanic submesoscale is presented. Wellmixed patches of fluid, produced by turbulent mixing events, are geostrophically adjusted to create compound vortices. ... 
Vortex Dynamics of Geostrophically Adjusted Density Perturbations in TriplyPeriodic Models of Stratified Incompressible Fluids
(20120913)A model exploring contributions to lateral dispersion in the oceanic submesoscale is presented. Wellmixed patches of uid, produced by turbulent mixing events, are geostrophically adjusted to create compound vortices. ...