Part of the modern paradigm is that we don’t want the humans micromanaging what the machine is learning. Oftentimes, the computer may end up doing much worse if we tell it what we think we know about these objects. Instead, we just throw a bunch of data at it and say, ‘You figure it out.’

– Paul Hand, Core Faculty, EAI

Paul Hand is an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science. His research group builds theory and algorithms in machine learning and AI in the context of vision and imaging. His work includes AI methods related to X-ray crystallography, astronomical imaging, MRI, image manipulation, among others.

With the intent of using AI to reduce the time and cost of acquiring image data, Hand trains on tens of thousands of sample images to help AI learn patterns, which he applies to more efficiently and quickly construct new images. His team also builds effective AI techniques that resist biases in these training datasets.

Widely published in prominent mathematics journals and leading machine learning conferences, Hand’s research received funding through a National Science Foundation CAREER award. Hand has also presented at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.

Before joining Northeastern, Hand was an assistant professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice University and an applied mathematics instructor at MIT. He earned his doctoral degree in mathematics from New York University, where he received the Kurt O. Friedrichs Prize for outstanding dissertation in mathematics. He completed his postdoctoral work in the Department of Cardiology at New York University.