Investigating Decision-making and Reward In Schizophrenia 

Ziye Xu M.Sc

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Research Assistant

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC)

Department of Psychiatry

University of Maryland School of Medicine


Date: March 7, 2014



Contact Information


Business Address:

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC)

P.O. Box 21247

Baltimore, MD 21228



Business Phone Number: (410) 402-7381

Business Fax: (410) 402-7198


E-mail: zxu[at]


Languages: Chinese (Native), English (Fluent)





2011 - B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiatong University, UM-SJTU Joint Institute, Shanghai, China (GPA: 3.39/4.0)

2011 - B.Eng. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, College of Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI, USA (GPA: 3.68/4.0)

2013 - M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering, Durham, NC, USA (GPA: 3.8/4.0)



Academic Appointments


2012-2013 - Research Assistant, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

(Developed graphical user interface in MATLAB for decision-making study in annuity, utilized Tobii eye tracker to collect data from participants and troubleshoot hardware problems and provide training to new experimenters.)       


2013 - Research Associate: Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls, Duke University 

(Developed indirect training algorithm for spiking neural network, contributed to the development of a neural circuit simulator using C++, and prepared manuscript for funding application and paper draft, and simulated neural network activities.)


2014-present - Research Assistant, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine

(Developed image preprocessing streams for BOLD and ASL. Analyzed brain connectivity using independent component analysis and context-dependent correlation analysis. Applied machine learning models to reinforcement learning task and simulated human learning behavior.)                                                                                  



Honors and Awards


2010 - Dean's List, University of Michigan

2013 - The Duke BME Excellence in MS Studies Award





Programming: C++, Shell programming, Perl, MATLAB, R

Image Analysis Tool: AFNI, SPM, FSL



Project Experience


2011 - Mechanical Senior Design: Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China                                                                   

(Designed tracking system using Micron Tracker for laparoscopic surgery.)


2012 - DNA Sequence Project: Biomedical Engineering, Duke University                                                                               

(Developed Perl scripts to access DNA database, extract DNA sequences and compare genetic similarity between different species.)


2012 - Finite Element Analysis of Total Hip Replacement: Biomedical Engineering, Duke University                                

(Created a diseased femur with a total hip arthroplasty in SolidWorks and conducted stress/strain analyses on femur using ANSYS and compared different implant materials.)


2012 - Simulation of Glucose and Insulin Dynamics Project: Biomedical Engineering, Duke University                               

(Generated a MATLAB program to simulate the metabolism of glucose and insulin for normal people, type I and type II diabetics and created a user interface for the quantitative physiology course.)


2013 - Image Denoising with Multiresolution Bilateral Filter Project: Biomedical Engineering, Duke University                        

(Applied Stein’s unbiased risk estimator and brutal force algorithm in the optimization problem of bilateral filter parameters and designed a denoising framework with the combination of bilateral filter and wavelet thresholding.)