Hi there! 👋 I'm an incoming first year Astrophysics PhD student at UC Berkeley. Previously, I did my undergrad at the University of Toronto in Applied Mathematics. Broadly, I'm interested in intelligence, finding it, creating it and using it to solve hard problems (physics). I'm fascinated both by the world of atoms and bits.

\(\Rightarrow\) Currently, I am working on applying deep learning to study Dark Matter effects on stellar streams in simulations at the Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

In the past 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. I've also spent time at UofT's Computer Science Dept looking at using transformers for equation discovery and symbolic regression. 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.

My first research project was developing an end-to-end deep learning algorithm to search for signs of advanced life beyond Earth with Breakthrough Listen.

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 :)