Splash@UCSD 2019

ESP Biography

ARJUN CHANDRASEKHAR, UCSD PhD Student in Bioinformatics

Major: Bioinformatics

College/Employer: UCSD

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I graduated with a degree from computer science in Caltech. I'm currently studying bioinformatics at UCSD. My work focuses on graph theory, probability theory, distributed computation, ant biology, and neuroscience.

Past Classes

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The Mathematics of Credit Card Security in Splash Spring 2019
This course will introduce divisibility, prime numbers, modular arithmetic, format's little theorem, and Euler's theorem. It will then use this background to describe the RSA encryption scheme.

How to solve impossible counting problems in Splash Spring 2019
This course will introduce the concept of generating functions, one of the most fundamental techniques in the mathematical field of combinatorics. We will define generating functions, derive some basic properties of generating functions, and finally show how they may be used to solve an "impossible" counting problem.

How ants navigate without google maps in Splash Spring 2019
This course will give a brief overview of the pheromone-based mechanism which ants use to navigate a terrain without having full knowledge of the network. While most students have probably seen terrestrial ants in their kitchens, this course will discuss some of the unique challenges faced by tree-dwelling ants in Mexico. We will discuss the ways that these ants take advantage of the physical structure of their environment to make it easier to get from point A to point B.