Former Joint WRF Graduate Student
Data Management, Neuroscience
Dr. Nancy (Xin Ru) Wang has defended her thesis on “Brains in the wild.” Dr.Wang is the first PhD student to graduate from data science fellow Bing Brunton’s lab.
Wang was a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science and Engineering program advised by Rajesh Rao in Computer Science and Bingni Brunton in Biology. She was also a member of GridLab under Jeff Ojemann from Neurosurgery and GRAIL (Graphics and AI) under Ali Farhadi from Computer Science.
Wang’s interests lie in using unsupervised methods for data-intensive discovery in the field of neural decoding. Her project automates the decoding of electrophysiological signals using multiple modalities, such as video and audio, with methods from Computer Vision and Speech Processing.
Wang came to the University of Washington from Vancouver, Canada, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Honors Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. She was a joint Washington Research Innovation graduate fellow in Neuroengineering and Data Science.