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I'm a **graduate student** in the EECS
department at the University of California,
Berkeley. Since Fall 2000 I've been working with Umesh
Vazirani in **theoretical computer science**, primarily in
**quantum computation**. Before that I worked with David
Tse in **multiuser information theory and wireless communications**.

My **undergraduate degrees** were from The
University of Melbourne, Australia, where I gained a BSc(Hons) in mathematics
(thesis in combinatorics/statistical mechanics) and a BE(Hons) in electrical
engineering (thesis in digital signal processing).

The one word that describes me best is **breadth**, both in technical
background and variety of interests. As an undergraduate, I *only* took
technical courses, and as a result had the opportunity to develop a solid background
in a wide range of fields. I've taken **graduate level classes**
in:

**computer science**(algorithms, complexity, probabilistic method, computational biology)**mathematics**(measure theory, functional analysis, (continuous, discrete and convex) optimization, combinatorics)**electrical engineering**(communications (esp. wireless), information theory, coding theory, signal processing, queuing theory, photonics)**probability and statistics**(measure theoretic probability, stochastic processes, random matrices, inference)**physics**(quantum, electrodynamics)**economics**(game theory)

I was on the **Australian team for the International Mathematical Olympiad**
(IMO) (Moscow 1992). Here's the Register
of former Australian IMO team members. Until this year, my high
school had produced more IMO team members than any other school in Australia—9
(not counting multiplicities) since Australia first competed in 1981.

My team came **6th in the World Finals of the 1998 ACM
International Collegiate Programming Contest**. A picture
of my team and the final
standings.

I TAed EE226A (graduate stochastic processes) in Fall 2000 and EE126 (undergraduate upper division probability) and EE121 (undergraduate digital communications) in Spring 1999. Student feedback on my teaching.

I wrote the infamous Maths Olympics Training Guide for the annual Maths Olympics run by the Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society (MUMS). I also used to be the MUMS president.

Last modified March 2, 2004