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About me

Generally speaking, I do research in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, cognition, and neuroscience.

data science tools for animal vocalizations and bioacoustics

My work in applied machine learning focuses mainly on tools for animal vocalizations and bioacoustics.

visual search and visual attention

During my post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, I worked with Astrid Prinz in the Biology department, on brain-inspired algorithms for continual machine learning, as part of a DARPA program. The Prinz lab provided neuroscience expertise for members of our team working on algorithms for goal-driven perception. My goal for this project was to understand visual search: how does our brain solve the problem of finding an object we're looking for?

  • untangling-search
    experiments to test whether the untangling mechanism proposed for object recognition can also account for behavior measured in visual search tasks, using deep neural network models of the primate ventral visual stream.


machine learning

teaching / organizing


  1. Hybrid convolutional-recurrent neural networks for segmentation of birdsong and classification of elements

    Jupyter Notebook 21 6

  2. vak Public

    a neural network toolbox for animal vocalizations and bioacoustics

    Python 22 7

  3. Comparison of machine learning algorithms applied to classification of elements of birdsong

    Jupyter Notebook 6 2

  4. A tool to work with any format for annotating vocalizations

    Python 3

  5. neural network models of visual search behavior

    Python 5

  6. Python package to make stimuli like those used in classic visual search experiments.

    Python 3

Contribution activity

January 2022

Created 5 repositories

Created a pull request in conda-forge/vak-feedstock that received 8 comments

add entry_points, bump build in meta.yaml

Checklist Used a personal fork of the feedstock to propose changes Bumped the build number (if the version is unchanged) Reset the build number…

+4 −1 8 comments
Reviewed 1 pull request in 1 repository
conda-forge/vak-feedstock 1 pull request

Created an issue in pypa/flit that received 3 comments

can flit install multiple packages? (like tool.poetry.packages)

Sorry if this is answered somewhere in docs or previous issues and I'm just not using the right terms to find it. I have a project set up like this:

Opened 28 other issues in 8 repositories
NickleDave/vak 10 open 4 closed
USRSE/dei-wg 4 open
NickleDave/vocalpy 3 open
yardencsGitHub/tweetynet 2 closed
NickleDave/crowsetta 2 closed
NickleDave/vocles 1 open
ResearchCodeReviewCommunity/dev-review 1 open
pypa/pypi-support 1 open
Started 1 discussion in 1 repository
18 contributions in private repositories Jan 8 – Jan 19

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