Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Science & Learning Center 218
Ph.D. and M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Fred Park is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Whittier College. His thesis work is in the area of image processing and his specific topic was total variation and duality for blind image deconvolution, staircase reduction, and texture extraction. His subsequent postdoctoral work has taken some related but different directions. Related work to his theses includes shape prior segmentation and shape modeling, while completely new directions are sparse recovery for foreground/background separation under variable lighting and small deformations, 3D point cloud surface reconstruction and processing and multi-view 3D surface reconstruction from projection slices. Park has taken every opportunity to teach courses at both the undergraduate lower division and upper division when a Postdoc at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, UCLA and UC Irvine to great success. In addition to teaching, he is continuing work in image processing, shape modeling/classification, and 3D surface reconstruction from PC data and multiple views. He would also like to continue his work in compressive sensing with fresh and novel applications in this framework. He would like to find ways to better incorporate research into the undergraduate setting. He feels that one of the key ways to motivate learning at all levels is by drawing inspiration from real world mathematical problems. This methodology is a key component in his teaching philosophy and has made a profound impact to all his students.