Hi there! 👋 I'm a fourth-year math and physics undergrad at the University of Toronto and a Laidlaw Scholar. Broadly, I'm interested in the emergence of intelligence, finding it, creating it and using it to solve hard problems (physics). I'm fascinated both by the world of atoms and bits.

Currently, I'm working on deep learning algorithms to help search 1 million stars for signs of advanced life beyond Earth at UC Berkeley SETI Research Center with the Breakthrough Listen team. At the same time also working on investigating the emergence of sparsity in deep learning models at UofT's Computer Science Dept. While also concurrently applying deep learning to study cold dark matter effects on stellar streams in cosmological simulations at the Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Previously I developed ML models and firmware on FPGA's for the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Before that I developed deep learning algorithms to assist controlling LIGO at Caltech. Before that I developed an ensemble learning algorithm for Fast Radio Burst detection deployed on the CHIME radio telescope at the Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

When I'm not busy teaching computers, I love climbing and making art. Come say hi \(\Rightarrow \)Twitter @peterma02 Email: peterxy.ma [at] gmail [dot] com :)