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Farias, Daniel

Daniel Farias
Electrical Engineering
Computer Science

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

My first year RISE focus is in service. I enjoy giving back to society, as I feel very lucky to have the opportunities I have taken in life. For RISE, I am acting as lead coordinator of a tutoring program for mathematics at Northwestern High School. The activity is very fulfilling, and I look forward to strengthening it for future years so it can continue guiding interested students towards engineering and the mathematical sciences.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

My second year RISE focus is in research. I have done research in all my years in college, and I will continue to do so. Since my present research is paid, I chose to satisfy service instead. I currently conduct research in computational neuroscience involving biological signal processing. I intend to continue research in signal processing as I go on to graduate school.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I am currently a UTA for CMSC330 under Dr. Tseng. I lead discussion session 0102, and I plan on continuing my position next semester. I love playing soccer, and enjoy playing intramural from time to time.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

My cool engineering experience is my research under the NeuroTheory Lab. We investigate into how specific types of neurons process various sensory signals. My current project is with modeling temporal precision and noise adaptation in the Inferior Colliculus using nonlinear structures. The project is very interdisciplinary; it involves concepts from machine learning, multivariable calculus, biological mechanism, and signal processing.