About Me |
UPDATE: I will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at UW in Fall 2014.
I will be supported by the Washington Research Foundation through the University of Washington Institute of Neuroengineering (UWIN).
I'm a postdoc at UW working with Tom Daniel in the Biology department
and Nathan Kutz in the Applied Math department.
I am interested in computational techniques that exploit inherent sparsity in complex data;
my collaborators and I develop data-driven, low-dimensional dynamic models for biological and engineered systems.
In particular, these tools help us gain a mathematical understanding of how to make decisions using very few sensors.
I grew up in Maryland (MBHS) and was an undergrad at Caltech, where I majored in biology.
Afterwards, I went to Princeton and studied neuroscience with Carlos Brody.
In Carlos's lab, I trained rodents to perform decision-making tasks and developed computational models to help us understand mechanisms underlying their behavior.
I also did some experimental work in electrophysiology, neuropharmacology, and human psychophysics.
- Understanding complex data by exploiting sparsity
- Sparse sensor placement for classification
- Computational and systems neuroscience
- Accumulation of information for decision-making
- B. W. Brunton, S. L. Brunton, J. L. Proctor, J. N. Kutz (2013),
Optimal sensor placement and enhanced sparsity for classification.
In review; arXiv preprint.
- B. W. Brunton, M. M. Botvinick, C. D. Brody (2013),
Rats and humans can optimally accumulate evidence for decision-making.
Science 340 (6128), 95-98.
- J. Kubanek, L. H. Snyder, B. W. Brunton, C. D. Brody, G. Schalk (2013),
A low-frequeny oscillatory neural signal in humans encodes a developing decision variable.
NeuroImage 83, 795-808.
- A. E. Granstedt, B. W. Brunton, L. W. Enquist (2013),
Imaging the transport dynamics of single alphaherpesvirus particles in intact peripheral nervous system explants from infected mice.
- K. C. Huang, R. Mukhopadhyay, B. Wen, Z. Gitai, N. S. Wingreen (2008) ,
Cell shape and cell-wall organization in Gram-negative bacteria.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105(49), 19282-19287.
My husband Steve Brunton and I met when we
were undergrads and have migrated together ever since. We currently live in Seattle with our two kids and our dog Mordecai.