Michalis Vrettas is New Ed Lorenz Postdoctoral Fellow

Welcome to MCRN, Michalis!

Q. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I received a BSc in Information engineering (which could be translated like a combined degree in Computer Science and Applied Maths) back in 2005, when I was still in Greece. After fulfilling my one year military service I moved to the UK (Aston University, Birmingham) and did a PhD in Machine Learning where I was developing novel methodologies for data assimilation (with emphasis on variational approximations). I was awarded my PhD in 2010 and then worked as post doc first at Nottingham University (6 months) and then back at Aston University (18 months), before I moved to the US where I currently am a post doc at UC Berkeley.

Q. What are your research interests?

I am mainly interested in (i) developing novel data assimilation methodologies and (ii) applying them to real world problems. I like looking at problems from a "Bayesian" viewpoint and my research so far has focused on parameter estimation of the dynamical models that I work with. I believe that through the MCRN I can achieve both of my interests by collaborating with other members of the network that work on the development data assimilation techniques and also apply these methods to real problems here at Berkeley where under the supervision of Prof. Inez Fung we are focusing on two very interesting problems (one in the area of hydrology and the second in the area of atmospheric science).

Thank you, Michalis. We look forward to hearing more from you and fellow MCRN collaborators!





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