Awarded in 2012
Home Department: Applied Physics
Faculty Advisor: Surya Ganguli (Applied Physics)
Research Description: Our brains store long term memories by adjusting the strengths of the synapses that connect neurons. The tendency for new memories to overwrite old ones leads to a trade-off between learning and remembering: if synapses are too plastic older memories will be wiped out too easily, but if they are too rigid, it becomes difficult to learn new memories in the first place. Subhaneil is studying theoretical models of synapses to understand how their internal structure can be used to balance these effects and maximize their memory storage.
Subhaneil is a research associate in Surya Ganguli’s group in the applied physics department at Stanford University.