Benjamin Cowley

PhD Student in Machine Learning

"The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office." -- Robert Frost


My name is Ben Cowley, and I'm currently a fifth-year PhD student in Machine Learning, School of Computer Science, at Carnegie Mellon University. I am also affiliated with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh. My research is in the field of computational neuroscience, where I apply machine learning and statistical techniques to neural data. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the large amount of variability in the brain and how the brain copes with it. I analyze high-dimensional neuronal population activity, and develop dimensionality reduction methods for such analysis. I am honored to be supported by the CMU BrainHub Mellon Fellowship (2016-2017), National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2013-2016) and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2012-2013).


I am a part of the Yu Research Group, and my advisor is Professor Byron Yu in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. I also collaborate with Professor Matthew Smith at the University of Pittsburgh and Professor Adam Kohn at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Benjamin Cowley
8009 GHC