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2013 Simons Institute Research Fellow: Sang-Yun Oh

August 27, 2013

Contact: Linda Vu, +1 510 495 2402, lvu@lbl.gov


Sang-Yun Oh

As the first Simons Institute Research Fellow (Theoretical Foundations of Big Data Analysis) at Berkeley Lab, Sang-Yun Oh will be working with the Computational Research Division’s Future Technologies Group to develop large-scale data analysis methodologies and algorithms. His research interests include graphical models estimation and correlation structure recovery for high dimensional data, as well as applying these methods for analyzing real datasets from biology, finance and other scientific disciplines.

Born in Korea and raised in Southern California, Oh came to the Bay Area in the late 1990s to attend UC Berkeley, where he earned a degree in physics. He then worked more than three years as a scientific engineer in the Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division before joining the world of Internet advertising. Eventually, he went back to school and earned a doctorate in computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford University.

“As an undergrad at UC Berkeley, I was involved in a cosmic microwave background (CMB) mapping project. I was fortunate to have participated in the experimental as well as the data analysis aspects of the project, and this experience allowed me to realize my interest in data analysis and computing,” says Oh.

In his spare time, Oh enjoys running, cycling and relaxing in parks. 

Established at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) in July 2012, the Simons Institute aims to explore deep unsolved problems about the nature and limits of computation by bringing together some of the world’s leading researchers in computer science and related fields. The Institute offers about 16 fellowships each semester in connection with a specific program, and several joint fellowships with partner institutions, including Berkeley Lab.

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