PhD Candidate
California Institute of Technology
Biophotonics Laboratory

roarke (at) caltech (dot) edu

Short Biography

I am currently a graduate student in Caltech’s Electrical Engineering department. I mostly work with optics and algorithms. Please check out some of my papers in the "Research" section linked above.

Prior to coming to Caltech I was a graduate student at MIT, where I was mainly interested in 3D display technology. I also had a bit of time to help create a job recommendation algorithm, Beansprock. Please check out some press about their recent launch here and here. If you're on the lookout for a job, definitely sign up to get some great, customized suggestions.

Videos of my research

If you're more into watching clips (instead of reading academic papers), then you might like to learn more about my research through the following videos.

First, I recently had the honor of giving an Everhart Lecture at Caltech. In this talk, I summarize my lab's work creating microscopes that capture gigapixel-scale images. You can watch the whole lecture for free at iTunes U at the link below:

Computational microscopy: turning megapixels into gigapixels

Second, I was lucky enough to feature some of my research on cryptography on the Science Channel show, Through the Wormhole, with Morgan Freeman. Check out my explanation of how one-time pads and physical unclonable functions work!

The third video you might like is a great educational tutorial on how a camera works, created by Stephanie Li Xian Seo and her team for young and curious students at If anyone else would like to animate any other optics-related subjects, please let me know!