I am a Computer Science PhD student at the University of Maryland, College Park, working with Professor Abhinav Shrivastava on research in Computer Vision and Machine Learning.
I previously completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on computational biology. My previous studies in neuroscience and human learning led me to take a deep interest in Machine Learning and the amazing advances the field has seen in the past decade. My current research focuses on investigating how and what neural networks learn as well as their failure cases.
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My research focuses on understanding how Deep Neural Networks learn (or fail to learn). This includes research in Adversarial Attacks and Backdoored networks, and more recently has explored what and how Vision Transformers (ViTs) learn under different conditions.
Teaching Matters: Investigating the Role of Supervision in Vision Transformers
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A comparative study of Vision Transformers (ViTs) trained through different methods of supervision, including fully supervised and self-supervised methods. This analysis focuses on the networks’ attention, features, and downstream task performance.
Dual-Key Multimodal Backdoors for Visual Question Answering
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Investigating ways to extend backdoor/trojan attacks into the multimodal domain, specifically Visual Question Answering (VQA). The proposed Dual-Key Backdoor Attack utilized multiple triggers in different modalities.
APRICOT: A Dataset of Physical Adversarial Attacks on Object Detection
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An investigation of the “in-the-wild” effectiveness of Adversarial Patch Attacks on Object Detection models. This includes the creation of the APRICOT dataset, as well as a study of patch effectiveness and defenses.
Neuronal Activity in Human Anterior Cingulate Cortex Modulates with Internal Cognitive State During Multi-Source Interference Task
Catherine A Schevon,
Garrett P Banks,
Mark J Yates,
Guy M McKhann,
Sameer A Sheth,
Sridevi V Sarma,
Elliot H Smith
We model the activity of single neurons recorded in human subjects participating in a multi-source interference task. We show that neural activation correlates with an estimated latent cognitive state variable for focus.