DPhil Student
Somerville College 

grace(at)robots.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests

My research interests are in developing technologies to better understand and manage our oceans. I’m especially interested in marine imaging systems, including stereo-video, high speed photography, and structure-from-motion 3D reconstruction. This interest expands into tools for analyzing data, including machine learning and image processing. I’m also passionate about setting effective policies for ocean management and encouraging exploration.

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BSc. Mechanical and Ocean Engineering 2014

University of Maryland
Concurrent student; accepted to MIT as high school junior

Work Experience

Mission 31
Aquanaut and Mission Scientist
May – June 2014

One of six aquanauts selected for “Mission 31” led by FabienCousteau to live and work in NOAA’s undersea lab Aquarius. Working with Northeastern University, MIT, and Florida International University, we designed and conducted experiments related to climate change, adapted a new high speed camera for underwater use, and led daily Skype sessions with K-12 students worldwide.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Guest Researcher, Supervised by Dr. Hanumant Singh
July-September 2012 and 2014

Helped build quadcopter to survey the ocean’s surface; also helped test an underwater robot deployed in Antarctica to create 3D maps of sea ice and marine scenes.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Marine Engineer & Ernest F. Hollings Scholar, Supervised by Dr. Ben Richards
May-July 2013

Designed, built, and deployed modular, autonomous stereo-camera system to monitor fish populations in marine protected areas off the Hawaiian coast. System now deployed across all NOAA divisions.

MIT Center for Ocean Engineering
Research Assistant, Supervised by Professor Michael Triantafyllou
January-June 2013

Helped design actuated multi-element hydrofoil with embedded pressure sensors, inspired by control schemes for wing sails on America’s Cup racing yachts.

MIT Media Lab
Independent Researcher, Supervised by Professor Ramesh Raskar
September-December 2012

Developed Microsoft Kinect-based system to help ballet dancers improve their pirouette turns using feedback from computational photography, allowing dancers to train more efficiently and thereby reduce physical wear and injuries.

MIT Marine Robotics Team
Member of Engineering Team
January-September 2012

Helped design, build, and test underwater glider to detect oil plumes.

MIT Media Lab
Independent Researcher, Supervised by Professor Ramesh Raskar
September-December 2012
Developed Microsoft Kinect-based system to help ballet dancers improve their pirouette turns using feedback from computational photography, allowing dancers to train more efficiently and thereby reduce physical wear and injuries.

MIT Center for Ocean Engineering
Independent Researcher, Supervised by Professor Franz Hover
September-December 2011

Compared dolphin and man-made underwater sonar systems in terms of function, performance, and limitations. Wrote a machine learning algorithm based on Gibbs sampling and an infinite mixture model to categorize dolphin sounds.

CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research)
Research Intern, Supervised by Dr. Wolfgang Von Rueden & Dr. Alfio Lazzaro
July-September 2011

Created C++ based software package for Dalitz Analysis within ROOT, a software used by physicists worldwide to help analyse large volumes of data. Published “New Package for RooFit Supporting Dalitz Analysis: RooAmplitudes” online for CERNopenlab.

Harvard-MIT Biomedical Cybernetics Lab
Research Assistant, Supervised by Dr. Gil Alterovitz
May-July 2011

Applied Bayesian statistics to find associations between chemotherapy-related symptoms of cancer patients. Developed software in Python to perform the statistical analysis and authored the summary research report.

Joint Quantum Institute
Research Assistant, Supervised by Professor Chris Munro
May-September 2009 and 2010
Designed and constructed three novel particle traps that demonstrated their potential application within quantum computing (2009), and researched nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond for application in quantum computing (2010). The research was recognized by awards from Siemens, US Army, US Navy, Intel, Google, and CERN, among others.

Johns Hopkins University Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Research Assistant, Supervised by Professor Nina Markovic and Dr. Chris Merchant
June-September 2008

Researched electrical properties of carbon nanotubes and their potential application in photovoltaic cells. Used an atomic force microscope and wrote manual for atomic force microscope at The Potomac School.

Publications & Conference Proceedings

Young GC, Dey S, Rogers AD, Exton D. Cost and time-effective method for multi-scale measures of rugosity, fractal dimension, and vector dispersion from coral reef 3D models. PLoS One. 2017;12: e0175341. http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175341

Missiles & Misconceptions: Why We Know More About the Dark Side of the Moon than the Depths of the Ocean Undergraduate Thesis, Supervised by Professor Pierre Lermusiaux
June 2014
http://mseas.mit.edu/publications/Theses/Grace_C_Young_BS_Thesis_MIT2014.pdf

Viewing the Underwater World At Up to 18,000 Frames/Second
Presented February 2015 at Underwater Interventions, New Orleans
Abstract

Development of a Modular, Autonomous Stereo-Camera System for Monitoring Fish Assemblages
Presented February 2015 at Underwater Interventions, New Orleans
Abstract

Measuring Dancer Alignment During Pirouette Turns [Computer Vision]
Presented August 2012 at MIT

Dolphin Sonar from an Engineering Perspective
Presented December 2011 at MIT

New Package for RooFit Supporting Dalitz Analysis: RooAmplitudes
Presented December 2011 at CERN
https://openlab-mu-internal.web.cern.ch/openlab-mu-internal/03_Documents/3_Technical_Documents/Technical_Reports/2011/Grace%20Young.pdf

Select Talks

TEDx Oxford 2015 “Why we know more about the dark side of the moon than the depths of the ocean”; MIT “TIM” Talk 2014 “No engineer is an island”; Boston SeaRovers 2014 “Camera system for monitoring fish”; NOAA Headquarters 2013 “Development of a Modular, Autonomous Stereo-Camera System for Monitoring Fish Assemblages”