Who am I?
It’s a tough question, but maybe I can tell you a little about myself. I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle. I’m a computational scientist by training interested in discovering the simple laws that animate our complex universe using artificial — and sometimes natural — intelligence. I like to question assumptions, reimagine reality, and describe it with equations. The world is a playground and I have the curiosity of a child. I believe that we’re all driven by the desire to resolve the fundamental paradoxes of life; particularly, that of self and non-self. Hence, the word philenosis, from the Greek etymology ‘philo-‘ (love of) + ‘henosis’ (union). After all, what are math, science, philosophy, music and art but different ways to bring things together? And how much more fun if we do them together!
What I do
Ultimately, I don’t know who I am… It’s strange, but fascinating at the same time. Maybe I can find some answers here and there, hidden in the code of the universe. How about
I am interested in understanding how the world works and creating intelligent systems the do the understanding for me. In this quest, I’ve worked on projects such as modeling and simulation of granular materials, computational methods for multi-scale multi-physics systems, machine learning methods for discovering partial differential equations, social modeling, designing and building a glove musical instrument etc. Again, the world is a playground…
I like to stand at the boundary of knowledge, gaze into the unknown and question long-held assumptions. I have more questions than answers and would like to keep it that way. I’m not afraid of the big questions about life and death, science and religion, determinism and randomness, society and identity, brains and machines, intelligence and consciousness, happiness and purpose. I’m driven by the thrill to explore new worlds of ideas in search of deeper truths. What’s the point?.. That’s a good question.
I’m a classical pianist and composer by training. I’ve played some concerts and participated in a few competitions. I like complex harmonies in classical and Jazz, but I’m always looking for new sounds that have something to say. I like to combine my passion for music with that for science and technology. I also have some compositions and improvs on soundcloud… Check them out!
What I did
Or maybe you just want to see how I got here…
Postdoctoral fellow ㅡ University of Washington (since 2020)
Topics: Deep learning methods for physics-constrained learning, sparse identification of nonlinear dynamical systems, time-delay embedding, chaotic systems, data-driven coarse-graining, Buckingham Pi theorem.
Ph.D., Complex Materials ㅡ Stanford University (2017 – 2020)
Department of Energy Resources Engineering
Thesis: Stochastic Multiscale Modeling of Complex Materials
M.S./Ph.D., Fluid Dynamics ㅡ University of California San Diego (2013 – 2016)
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering ㅡ American University of Beirut (2009 – 2013)
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
B.A., Classical Piano ㅡ Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music (2003 – 2013)
Henry J. Ramey, Jr. Fellowship Award (Outstanding Research) – Stanford, 2020
Frank G. Miller Fellowship Award (High Academic Achievement) – Stanford, 2018
Best Presentation Award (LANL student poster session) – Los Alamos, 2014