I am a postdoctoral researcher in Xaq Pitkow's lab at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University. My recent work lies on the intersection of probabilistic graphical models and neural networks, to reproduce the brain's inference algorithm.

Prior to that, I obtained a PhD in 2015 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin, in Ila Fiete's lab. My research in the Fiete group focused on neural coding, dynamics of neural networks, and Bayesian inference for studying neural representations of space in the brain.

**Inference in probabilistic graphical models by graph neural networks**

**Yoon, KJ.**, Liao, R., Xiong, Y., Zhang, L., Fetaya, E., Urtasun, R., Zemel, R., & Pitkow, X.

*In review* [arXiv:1803.07710]

*(to be presented in ICLR Workshop, 2018)*

**Reviving and improving recurrent backpropagation**

Liao, R., Xiong, Y., Fetaya, E., Zhang, L., **Yoon, KJ.**, Pitkow, X., Urtasun, R., & Zemel, R.

*In review* [arXiv:1803.06396]

**A map-like micro-organization of grid cells in the medial entorhinal cortex**

Gu, Y., Lewallen, S., Kinkhabwala, A. A., Domnisoru, C., **Yoon, KJ.**, Gauthier, J., Fiete, I. R., and Tank, D. W.

*In review* [pdf]

**Yoon, KJ.**, & Pitkow, X. “Learning nonlinearities for identifying regular structure in the brain’s inference algorithm.”,*Cosyne*(2018) [pdf]**Yoon, KJ.**, & Fiete, I. R. “Statistical framework for encoding and decoding grid cell population activity.”,*Society for Neuroscience*(2014) [pdf]**Yoon, KJ.***, Lewallen, S.*, Kinkhabwala, A. A., Tank, D. W., & Fiete, I. R. “Grid cell responses in 1-d environments are consistent with 2-d continuous attractor dynamics.”,*Society for Neuroscience*(2013) [pdf]- Lewallen, S.*,
**Yoon, KJ.***, Kinkhabwala, A. A., Domnisoru, C., Tank, D. W., & Fiete, I. R. “1D grid fields are slices of a 2D hexagonal lattice.”,*Society for Neuroscience*, (2013) [pdf] **Yoon, KJ.**, Robles-Llana, D., Kinkhabwala, A. A., Tank, D. W., & Fiete, I. R. “Are aperiodic 1D grid cell responses consistent with low-dimensional continuous attractor dynamics?”,*Computational and Systems Neuroscience*, (2013) [pdf]**Yoon, KJ.**, Barry, C., Buice, M. A., Burgess, N. & Fiete, I. R. “Are grid-cell responses very low-dimensional?”,*Computational and Systems Neuroscience*, (2012) [pdf]**Yoon, KJ.**, Barry, C., Burgess, N., & Fiete, I. R. “Assessing the role of feedback in spatially patterened grid cell responses.”*Society for Neuroscience*, (2010) [pdf]

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