Paul Villanueva

Graduate Research Assistant, Ph.D., Rotation Student
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Paul is interested in genomics, machine learning but open to many research projects

Research and Teaching Experience

Researcher, California State University, Long Beach, January 2016.

Research conducted in knot theory with Dr. Ryan Blair. Created a novel definition of bridge number and used it to investigate the meridional rank conjecture and other results in the field. Used computer aided computations to investigate open problems in knot theory. Funded by the PUMP URG Grant.

Research Assistant, California State University, Long Beach, Fall, 2016.

Research conducted with Dr. Vennila Krishnan and Dr. Shadnaz Asgari. Analyzed motion capture data, EMG signals, and accelerometer readings for patterns which would enable an earlier diagnosis of, among other neurological diseases, multiple sclerosis. Assisted in data collection and signal processing. Will later assist with writing machine learning code.

Instructional Student Assistant, California State University, Long Beach, Fall, 2016.

Graded homework assignments, projects, and tests (both written and coded) for CECS 328: Data Structures and Algorithms.

Work History

Summer 2016 -- Informatics Intern, IIHR - Hydroscience and Engineering, Iowa City, Iowa.

Created a novel method of collecting stream level readings using smartphone sensors. Reviewed current stream level monitoring technologies. Researched image recognition, machine learning, and multiple view geometry techniques for possible applications to stream level monitoring. Developed a phone application to measure river gage height

for use in conjunction with Iowa Flood Information System. Gave a presentation sharing results.

2010 – 2013 Assistant General Manager, Bank of America, Westminster, CA.

Managed the day-to-day operations and long-term planning for the Westminster banking center.

Duties:  Managed a staff of ~30 associates. Interviewed, hired, and trained associates in all roles. Led weekly and daily meetings to deliver company news, refocus banking center performance, and celebrate associate success. Wrote weekly and monthly schedules to meet customer volume, labor targets, and associate availabilities. Led training sessions whenever a new product was launched or a new system was implemented. Managed banking center reserve cash supply of ~$1,000,000. Created long-term development plans for associates in all roles. Responsible for obtaining outside sales.


8/2016 -- Virtual Stream Monitoring via Crowdsourcing, IIHR Weekly meeting, Iowa City, IA                                                                                                                                                                            


2013 – Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Orange Coast College Chapter.

2015 – National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences.

The Alliance is an "NSF funded community of math sciences faculty and students" whose goal is to "increase the number of doctoral degrees in the mathematical sciences among groups that have been traditionally underrepresented."

2015 – American Mathematical Society.

2016 – American Geophysical Union.


Programming Languges: C++, Java, Python, SQL, MATLAB

Typesetting: LATEX

Area of Expertise: 
Machine Learning
B.S., CA State Univ, Long Beach, Mathematics, minor in ComS