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winfree@hope.caltech.edu
I am now at Princeton.

About me:

After  six mind-bending years as a graduate student in the Computation and Neural Systems option at Caltech , I received my PhD in June 1998.  I "grew up" in the Hopfield Group surrounded by great people, and encouraged to explore.  John Hopfield is now keeping the faith in Princeton, with a (mostly) new crowd of young scientists. (A few other people who've been in John's group at one time or another.)
 
Other home pages of interest include the Computer Graphics Lab, Carverland, the Koch Lab., and the CS Department. The UGCS WWW Home Page also has lots of neat stuff. Caltech recently started a Computational Molecular Biology initiative.

Fall term '96 I TA'ed Hopfield's class, CNS 185: Collective Computation. Fall term '97 I was head TA for Yaser Abu-Mostafa's class CS129: Information Theory and Complexity. (Recently, Yaser created a new class, CNS 156: Learning Systems. )
 

Research

My thesis work is on DNA-based computing.  I developed models of molecular computation based on the self-assembly of DNA "bricks" into 2D "brick walls," and I went on to implement a very simple instance of the model in the laboratory.  The results are in the August 6th, 1998 issue of
Nature.
 

Other Stuff

There's not much to say about my robotics research -- except that I had a lot of fun while it lasted!

I have an interest in paradoxes concerning formal systems and provability.

With Kurt Fleischer and other folk in the Computer Graphics Lab I made a single-image random dot stereogram (SIRDS) animation, which was shown at Siggraph 94. I collected a few frames together. Some of this stuff went in a book by Chris Watkins of Algorithm Inc.

I once collected many now-out-of-date links.


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