Alexander Cloninger

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Department of Mathematics,
Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute
University of California at San Diego
Office: AP&M 5747
Email: acloninger (at) ucsd (dot) edu


Alex Cloninger is an Associate Professor in Mathematics and the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation from the University of Maryland in 2014, and was then an NSF Postdoc and Gibbs Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Yale University until 2017, when he joined UCSD.

Alex researches problems in the area of geometric data analysis and applied harmonic analysis. He focuses on approaches that model the data as being locally lower dimensional, including data concentrated near manifolds or subspaces. These types of problems arise in a number of scientific disciplines, including imaging, medicine, and artificial intelligence, and the techniques developed relate to a number of machine learning and statistical algorithms, including deep learning, network analysis, and measuring distances between probability distributions.


My research interests include

  • Applied Harmonic Analysis

  • Manifold Learning

  • Approximation Theory for Deep Learning

  • Statistical Distances and Optimal Transport

  • Analysis on Graphs

  • Medical and Remote Sensing Applications

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Dinner, 10-29-2019