ALEX KELL


My CV.

I'm a postdoc at Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute, working with Elias Issa. In 2019, I got my PhD at Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT, working in Josh McDermott's Computational Audition Lab.

Broadly, I'm interested in auditory computation, neuroscience, and behavior -- and making detailed connections between all three.

The two main lines of my PhD work focused on:
  1. Building better models of auditory cortical computation, using recent advances in deep learning.
       See: 2018 Neuron paper and 2019 COiNB review.

  2. Understanding how we robustly encode sound sources of interest in the presence of real-world background noise.
       See: 2019 Nature Communications paper.
During my PhD, I was funded by the DOE's Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, and affiliated with the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines.

Before grad school I worked in Nancy Kanwisher's lab, and before that I went to Dartmouth.

Email: [first].[last]@columbia.edu