Statement of Purpose for Admission to the Graduate Program in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University
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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
I am applying for admission to the graduate program in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. I intend to pursue research in the fields of Signal Processing and Machine Learning. I am particularly interested in working on real world problems and applications which combine concepts from signal processing and machine learning with computational modelling and statistical inference. I am also interested in developing applications of signal and image processing using machine learning methods.
My interest in signal processing stems from the breadth of its applicability, both as an indispensable tool for problem solving and its easy integration with other areas of engineering. My earliest recollection of being influenced by it is during the second year of my under-graduation, when I attended a guest lecture on “Medical Imaging: Perspectives on Perception and Diagnostics”. It was a discussion on computational imaging methods for understanding the working of human brain and integrating them with machine learning for diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders. Still new to electrical engineering, I got caught up in the idea that if diagnosis is possible by collecting various traits of functioning, then even creating such functioning should be possible from those traits. In other words, the idea of being able to utilize information from the real world to create mathematical models that can emulate intelligent human