I (ie Alex Lang) am a physics PhD currently working for nuTonomy. I am part of the Machine Learning team in the Santa Monica office where we focus on applications of deep learning to autonomous driving.

I have previously worked on a variety of research topics such as physics, computational neuroscience, machine learning and theoretical biophysics. As an outsider, that probably looks like a jumble of topics, but I swear, there is a theme! In my research, I apply techniques (both conceptual and mathematical) from statistical physics to a variety of problems. Statistical physics is the domain of physics that applies to large systems (number of “particles” N when N \gg 1). In many ways large systems are simpler than small systems, so taking the extremely large system size limit (N \to \infty) often brings useful insights into a problem. So the blog name is inspired from statistical physics, my broad interests, and of course, Buzz Lightyear.

The blog will focus on research topics of interest to me and hopefully others. I will also blog about research in general, what academia is like, and other science-like things (including science-fiction!).

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