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David Carlson


Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Assistant Professor - Track V in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Hudson Hall 165, 100 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5421
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2015

Research Interests

Machine learning, predictive modeling, health data science, statistical neuroscience

Courses Taught

  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 692: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Carlson, D; Carin, L, Continuing progress of spike sorting in the era of big data., Current Opinion in Neurobiology, vol 55 (2019), pp. 90-96 [10.1016/j.conb.2019.02.007] [abs].
  • Zheng, T; Bergin, MH; Johnson, KK; Tripathi, SN; Shirodkar, S; Landis, MS; Sutaria, R; Carlson, DE, Field evaluation of low-cost particulate matter sensors in high-and low-concentration environments, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, vol 11 no. 8 (2018), pp. 4823-4846 [10.5194/amt-11-4823-2018] [abs].
  • Goldstein, BA; Carlson, D; Bhavsar, NA, Subject Matter Knowledge in the Age of Big Data and Machine Learning., Jama Network Open, vol 1 no. 4 (2018) [10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.1568] [abs].
  • Hultman, R; Ulrich, K; Sachs, BD; Blount, C; Carlson, DE; Ndubuizu, N; Bagot, RC; Parise, EM; Vu, M-AT; Gallagher, NM; Wang, J; Silva, AJ; Deisseroth, K; Mague, SD; Caron, MG; Nestler, EJ; Carin, L; Dzirasa, K, Brain-wide Electrical Spatiotemporal Dynamics Encode Depression Vulnerability., Cell, vol 173 no. 1 (2018), pp. 166-180.e14 [10.1016/j.cell.2018.02.012] [abs].
  • Vu, M-AT; Adalı, T; Ba, D; Buzsáki, G; Carlson, D; Heller, K; Liston, C; Rudin, C; Sohal, VS; Widge, AS; Mayberg, HS; Sapiro, G; Dzirasa, K, A Shared Vision for Machine Learning in Neuroscience., Journal of Neuroscience, vol 38 no. 7 (2018), pp. 1601-1607 [10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0508-17.2018] [abs].