Hey there! 👋 I'm a second year undergrad at the University of Toronto and a Laidlaw Scholar. I spend most of my time thinking about deep learning, astronomy/physics, distributed computing and the nature of intelligence itself. I hope to leverage these one day to help better understand our universe.

Currently, I'm involved in two research projects. Firstly I will be working at Caltech where I investigate the usage of deep reinforcement learning to control LIGO's locking acquisition with Dr. Gabriele Vajente. The dream is to one day use these intelligent systems to assist controlling LIGO itself. Secondly, I'm involved with the UC Berkeley SETI Research Center on developing geometric deep learning models to help search the nearest 1 million stars for signs of life beyond Earth using the MeerKAT telescope with Dr. Cherry Ng , Dr. Andrew Siemion and the Breakthrough Listen team! We're bringing together some of the most powerful instruments to tackle the question: are we alone in the universe?

When I'm not busy teaching computers how to hunt for aliens or how to control big lasers, I love climbing and sometimes making art! Hit me up if you want to come say hi! Twitter @peterma02 and email: peterxy.ma [at] gmail [dot] com.

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