ESP Biography



DUSTIN KATZIN, MIT sophomore studying physics




Major: 8, 18C

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2012

Picture of Dustin Katzin

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Dustin Katzin is from sunny Boca Raton, FL. He is a member of MIT Class of 2012, majoring in physics and math w/ CS.
He is also an avid musician -- he plays piano, clarinet, sax, and bassoon, in addition to composing music in his spare time. He is a member of the MIT Symphony Orchestra, and plans to minor in music.

Dustin was first exposed to pure math at a summer program at Duke University. He hopes to inspire SPLASH students and help them appreciate the beauty of learning math and physics for its own sake.



Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)


Genetic Algorithms: Making Data Reproduce in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
You know how you inherited traits from your mom and dad. Learn how data can reproduce and pass down traits through generations. We'll learn how "survival of the fittest" can be applied to ensure that we get the best data after running the algorithm. Finally, we will apply this to Tetris!


A Genetic Algorithm for Optimization Problems in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Biology shows us how we inherit traits from our parents -- through genetic material. Evolution chooses the individuals with the best genetic material. Computer scientists have found a way to use the principles of genetics to select for the most "fit" sets of data. We will explore applications of this technique, including finding local maxima and minima, and playing Tetris.


A History of Music in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Discusses each of the major time periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and 20th century, as well as the defining characteristics of each. Will feature sound clips of various works, as well as a surprise at the end.