Dan G. Jacobellis |


Pursuing PhD in Electrical Engineering • University of Texas at Austin • 2021-Present • GPA: 3.65

Notable Coursework:

  • Information Theory

  • Statistical Machine Learning

  • Physical Acoustics

  • Spoken Language Technologies

  • Digital Video Processing

  • Parallel Algorithms

  • Computational Methods for Inverse Problems

M.S. Electrical Engineering • University of Texas at Austin • 2018-2021 • GPA: 3.67

B.S. Electrical Engineering • University of Texas at Austin • 2013-2018 • GPA: 3.71


2022 and 2023 Top Student Teaching awards, ECE Department

Awarded in recognition of excellence in teaching as a teaching assistant for ECE 445S Real-time Digital Signal Processing Lab.

2019 Research Excellence Award, Applied Research Laboratories

Annual award in recognition of outstanding research efforts based on nomination from peers and colleagues.


ECE Department, University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Research Assistant • 2021 – Present
Graduate Teaching Assistant • 2019 – Present

I am currently a graduate research assistant in the UT SysML lab, where I research and develop machine-oriented compression systems.

From Fall 2019 to Fall 2023, I was a teaching assistant for ECE 445S Digital Signal Processing Lab. I led the laboratory section of the class where components of a software defined radio system are implemented.

In addition to my TA position, I was appointed as a GRA to develop new course materials. When courses were moved online due to COVID-19, I assisted in restructuring the lab work so that it could be completed online using the audio hardware built into students’ personal computers. With the return to in-person classes is 2021, I developed a new lab manual for the course to help transition to new hardware. My contributions include

Other TA positions:

  • ECE 382V Systems and Machine Learning (Spring 2024)

  • ECE 351M Digital Signal Processing (Spring 2023)

  • ECE 351K Probability and Statistics (Summer 2022 and Fall 2022)

  • ECE 313 Linear Systems and Systems (Summer 2019)

Modern Intelligence, Austin, TX

AI Research Scientist Intern • May 2023 - Nov 2023

Developed novel representation learning techniques for use with multichannel acoustic, radio, and hyperspectral signals utilizing machine-oriented compression. Contributed to projects applying generative models for signal enhancement and utilizing neural compression for bandwidth-constrained edge devices.

Applied Research Laboratories, University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Research Assistant • 2018 – 2022
Research Engineering Scientist Associate • 2017 – 2018
Student Technician • 2015 - 2017

Developed software and performed underwater acoustics research for the Environmental Science Laboratory. Work included:

  • Development of MATLAB software tools to perform geoacoustic inversion

  • Analysis of newly collected data from passive acoustic sensor arrays

  • Software performance optimization for large computing clusters

  • Researching new methods to quantify uncertainty of ocean acoustic propagation models


  • Beyond Finetuning Developing new approaches for building specialized ML models that address the inference-time inefficiencies of standard finetuning.

  • Machine Perceputal Quality Evaluated several popular models—including image classification, image segmentation, speech recognition, and music source separation—under severe lossy compression. Results establish several key findings for evaluating lossy compression in the context of machine perception pipelines.

  • MP3 Diffusion Current approaches that adapt diffusion models for audio discard phase and require a vocoder to compensate. As an alternative method, I trained a generative model for audio using the MDCT, the same time-frequency analysis used in MP3 compression.

  • GPU Filter banks for audio

    I developed a new class of perfect-reconstruction filter banks for audio analysis. My GPU Implementation processes uses a novel type of time-frequency tiling to retain the benefits of constant-Q transforms while retaining an efficient uniform-grid spacing for each sub-band.

  • GPU accelerated non-negative matrix factorization for audio

    Implemented multiplicative update matrix factorization algorithm in CUDA for applications of audio source separtion. Performance on consumer GPU outperforms single-core Scikit-learn/OpenBLAS by a factor of more than 100.

Skills and expertise

  • Programming

    • Julia

    • C, C++

    • Python

    • MATLAB

  • Signal Processing

    • Time-frequency analysis

    • Wavelets, filter banks

    • Denoising

    • Compression

  • Machine Learning

    • Representation learning

    • Neural compression

    • Self-supervised learning

    • Generative models

  • Acoustics

    • Phased array processing

    • Inverse problems

    • Propagation models

  • Miscellaneous

    • Cooking

    • Cello

    • Sewing