I studied Mathematics at Moscow State University before I came to Australia in 1993, at which time I started a PhD in Applied Mathematics under the expert tutelage of Bill Moran at Flinders University in South Australia. I have worked on a variety of signal processing projects, such as Wavelets; Statistical Signal Processing and Optimisation; and Radar and Sonar Sensor Management. My own special skill is finding elegant practical applications of mathematical knowledge to unsolved problems.
OzGrav Chief Investigator Andrew Melatos recently introduced me to the astrophysical problems associated with gravitational waves recorded by LIGO. These recordings may contain ‘messages from the Universe’. I believe that the way to understand these message-waves is by using the methods of signal processing.
I work on developing cutting-edge, radical and efficient algorithms in this exciting area—my team were the first people to introduce the Viterbi Algorithm to detect continuous gravitational waves. Our implementation is now recognised by LIGO as the standard for this. I’m also currently working on pulsar timing analysis.
I continue to raise my two boys who also have mathematical interests (one is already a Humboldt Research Fellow) and keep a menagerie of four-legged (two dogs) and no-legged creatures (two fish) as companions. Unfortunately, only the two-legged creatures in my family have mathematical interests.