Pehlevan selected for NSF CAREER Award

Award will support research into how the brain's neural networks learn

Cengiz Pehlevan

Cengiz Pehlevan (Credit: Eliza Grinnell/Harvard SEAS)

Cengiz Pehlevan, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been selected to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation.

The grant will support Pehlevan’s research into developing new theoretical frameworks and mathematical models to help formulate experimentally testable hypotheses about how the brain's neural networks learn.

Pehlevan joined SEAS in 2019. His group studies theoretical and computational neuroscience and deep learning with the goal of uncovering how networks of neurons compute and learn in both natural and artificial contexts. In his research, Pehlevan uses mathematical techniques from a wide range of disciplines, including applied mathematics, physics, statistics, and engineering.

Earlier this year, Pehlevan was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship.

A former Swartz Fellow at Harvard, Pehlevan received a doctorate in physics from Brown University and undergraduate degrees in physics and electrical engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey.

Topics: Applied Mathematics

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