John Z. Sun
I am currently a Ph.D. student in Vivek Goyal's Signal Transformation and Signal Representation (STIR) group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE). I have been at MIT since the fall of 2007 and am broadly interested in topics related to information theory, signal processing and inference. My current research is focused on using quantization as a practical and efficient alternative to distributed source coding. My S.M. thesis was on fundamental limits of performance of compressed sensing in quantization and inference frameworks.
I graduated in 2007 from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (summa cum laude with honors). At Cornell, I worked in Professor Lang Tong's Adaptive Communications and Signal Processing group exploring sensor networks, autonomous vehicles and cognitive radio.
I have interned at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center under the guidance of Kush Varshney developing dynamic matrix factorization for recommendation systems. I also spent two summers working on graphics chips at NVIDIA Corp and was twice a Researcher in Residence at HP Labs.
When not taking classes or doing research, I enjoy being involved in various organizations on campus. I am currently a certified mediator for EECS REFS. Previously, I served as Co-president (along with other positions) of the EECS Graduate Student Association (2008-2010), Inventory Chair in the Sidney-Pacific Graduate Residence (2008-09), a photographer for the Tech (2009), and President of the Kappa Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (2006-07).
I enjoy playing pickup basketball and volleyball, taking photographs, discussing film, and cooking. Recent addictions include poker and sports analytics.
Updated 05/14/2013 (pdf).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology