The Rhodes Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bass Connections Endowed Professor
Professor of Mathematics
Professor of Computer Science
Microsoft Data Science Investigator
Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke
327 Gross Hall
140 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
E-mail: vahid (dot) tarokh (at) duke (dot) edu
My Lab, Open Positions
My research is mainly mathematical. We look for mathematical nuggets that may lead to new applications. In other words, We do not necessarily build any systems, but make algorithms/mathematical constructions that may be (in some cases) used in future systems.
Our current research is pursuing new "mathematical" formulations and approaches to getting the most out of datasets. We invent both new mathematical methodologies, and demonstrate these (by numerical simulations) in various scenarios of interest. Current projects are focused on representation, modeling, inference and prediction from data such as predicting rare events from small amounts of data, formulation and calculation of limits of learning from observations, and robust prediction of a macaque monkey's future actions from its (or from what we have learned from another monkey's) brain waves.
You need to know and be willing to learn more math if you want join my group. Some members of my group have no electrical engineering or any engineering degrees at all. We have members with backgrounds in astronomy, applied mathematics, pure mathematics, physics, electrical engineering and aero-astro engineering. So in every way, we are diverse! Our typical papers usually include theorems and proofs. But I do not call ourselves "pure mathematicians". That said in some cases, we have invented new pure mathematical results in the past.