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Amandeep Kaur

Institution/Organization: UC Merced

Department: Applied Mathematics

Academic Status: Graduate Student

What conference theme areas are you interested in:

Adaptive control, optimal control, and estimator design
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for science and engineering
Data assimilation, challenges in data science, math of AI and ML
Emerging software infrastructure for CSE, sustainability of numerical software
High-performance computing, emerging architectures and programming paradigms
Inverse problems, optimization, and uncertainty quantification


I am a second-year doctoral student in the Applied Mathematics Department at UC Merced. I am passionate about developing mathematical models, learning new techniques, and applying mathematical and statistical approaches to answer questions about biological phenomena. My research focuses on uncertainty quantification and kinetic parameter estimation to fit biological data to the model. Currently, I am looking closely at the underlying dynamics of the initial phase of blood coagulation. If the scheme I am working on does not fit the data effectively, then I will model a new scheme which both fits the experimentally determined data and explains the importance of Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor in the initial phase of blood coagulation. This research will fill a gap in understanding the formation of blood clots. I am interested in learning novel numerical methods and coding algorithms to apply them to my research. I am at initial phase of my research and will be developing basic concepts which I will need for writing my thesis.

Non-Work Related Activities/Interests:

As a graduate student, I am mentoring several underrepresented students from STEM fields. This semester, I have started mentoring students remotely through RunnerBridge Alumni Mentorship Program at CSU-Bakersfield. For my mentoring, I provide insight and guidance to the mentees based on personal experience in career and academic pursuits. I coach them in setting academic and career goals by providing goal setting templates. I counsel the students facing stress and educate them about work /life balance. I want to keep doing similar activities in the future by getting involved in the Pacific Math Alliance Program to serve under-privileged groups in Mathematics fields. This is a regional program and I would like to initiate a chapter on our campus. Through the creation of this chapter, I will communicate and share with students about the opportunities such as summer research experience for undergraduate programs, conferences/ internships, and other resources for preparing and applying to graduate school.