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Jocelyn Ornelas Munoz

Institution/Organization: UC Merced

Applied Mathematics

Academic Status:
Graduate Student

What conference theme areas are you interested in:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for science and engineering
Applications in science, engineering, and industry
Data assimilation, challenges in data science, math of AI and ML
High-performance computing, emerging architectures and programming paradigms
Inverse problems, optimization, and uncertainty quantification
Model and dimensionality reduction
Quantum algorithms, quantum computation, and quantum information science


I am interested in machine learning for anatomical imaging. For example, I take interest in developing and adapting denoising and low-dose reconstruction methods used in applications such as detecting brain tumors or diseases like COVID-19 from lung Magnetic Resonance (MR) and Computerized Tomography (CT) images. I want to implement methods that allow high performance computers to filter through, process, and learn from large amounts of data that will guide future scientific research. I want to formulate problems in optimization and understand their well-posedness and constraints to develop and analyze computer algorithms, particularly those relating to image processing and classification.

Additionally, I am curious about how we can combine machine learning and optimization techniques to advance the research done in applications such as image reconstruction and processing from telescope radio waves, optimizing water use for crop growth and production during California’s drought seasons, and the use of machine learning and image processing in autonomous cars to accurately detect safety hazards on the road.

Non-Work Related Activities/Interests:

Currently, I am one of the co-founders and organizers for the Math SWAGGER Colloquium, which was formed by two other graduate students and myself as a result of the 2020 virtual summer program Math Summer Workshop for Achieving Greater Graduate Educational Readiness. The mission of the colloquium is to feature research by mathematicians of color and to strengthen the community of underrepresented graduate students built during Math SWAGGER. Additionally, I am a member of the UC Merced SIAM Student Chapter. I will be collaborating with the board members to help undergraduate students at UC Merced learn more about the research and graduate degree opportunities available to them. I hope that this organization and other entities on campus will serve as a gateway which allows me to continue the diversity and outreach work that I did during my undergraduate career.

During my undergraduate career, I was highly involved in promoting diversity and higher educational equity at UC San Diego. I served as the undergraduate representative for the UCSD Hispanic Serving Institution Task-Force and Latinx Academic Excellence Initiative. My role was to advocate for students of color, especially Latinx students, as the university decided on policies to increase student diversity, access, community, and retention at UC San Diego. Additionally, I worked at the Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACES) in two distinct roles that focused on developing student-initiated programs to assist students from low-income and underrepresented communities in San Diego county gain access to higher education and be retained at the university. I was also highly involved in the Partners at Learning Program through the Education Studies Department at UCSD. I volunteered as a mathematics tutor at a continuation high school in San Diego. I helped “at-risk” students with their conceptual understanding of mathematics and created workshops to provide them with resources and avenues to apply to college and choose a career path.