## PhD Students

The ordering on this page is randomized (as opposed to ordering alphabetically). Read more about biases due to alphabetical ordering.## Ananye Agarwal

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering

Advisor: Deepak Pathak

Research Interests: Reinforcement Learning, Robot Learning

## Nil-Jana Akpinar

University of Freiburg

Master of Science in Mathematics

Advisors: Alexandra Chouldechova & Zack Lipton

Research Interests: Statistical methodology, ML in high-stakes decision settings and fairness, accountability and transparency in ML.

*Statistics & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

Arish Alreja

Georgia Institute of Technology

BS & MS in Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Max G'Sell, Avniel S. Ghuman

Research Interests: Biological and Computer Vision, Unsupervised Learning, Dimensionality Reduction, Signal Processing, Computational Modelling of Neural Activity for Human Visual Cognitive Processes, Theory in Computational Neuroscience, Analysis of Time Series from Neural Data (human intracranial EEG, electrophysiology), Reinforcement Learning.

*Neural Computation & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

Siddharth Ancha

University of Toronto

MS in Computer Science

Advisor: David Held & Srinivasa Narasimhan

Research Interests: MCMC Inference, Deep Learning, Computer Vision

Ifigeneia Apostolopoulou

University of Thessaly at Volos

BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Advisor: Artur Dubrawski

Research Interests: Pattern Mining, Statistical Machine Learning

## Christina Baek

UC Berkeley

BS and MS in EECS

Advisor: Zico Kolter

Research Interests: Generalization, continual learning, robustness

## Anna Bair

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SB & MEng in Computer Science

Advisor: Zico Kolter

Research Interests: Theoretical Machine Learning, Fairness, Complex Systems

## Arundhati Banerjee

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

BTech & MTech in Computer Science and Engineering

Advisor: Jeff Schneider

Research Interests: Reinforcement Learning, Sequential decision making, Active Search and Tracking

## Jonathon Byrd

Morehead State University

BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Zack Lipton

Research Interests:ML on graph and molecule data, transfer learning and metalearning, reinforcement learning, search and optimization.

Sebastian Caldas

Universidad de los Andes

BS in Systems & Computing Engineering

Advisor: Artur Dubrawski

Research Interests: Machine learning for healthcare and the developing world. Transfer Learning

Cristian Challu

Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

MS in Data Science

Advisor: Artur Dubrawski

Research Interests: Optimization, Statistical Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning

## Ian Char

University of Colorado Boulder

BS in Computer Science & BS/MS in Applied Math

Advisor: Jeff Schneider

Research Interests: AI, Graphical Probabilistic Models, Statistical Machine Learning, and Reinforcement Learning

## Valerie Chen

Yale University

BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Ameet Talwalkar

Research interests: Principled approaches to fairness, accountability, and transparency in machine learning

## Cheng Cheng

University of Southern California

BS in computer science & BS in Econ/Math

Advisors: Jeremy Weiss

Research Interests: Machine Learning for Healthcare, NLP, representation learning, and transfer learning

*Machine Learning & Public Policy Joint PhD Degree*

YJ Choe

University of Chicago

BA in Mathematics

Advisor:

Research Interests: statistical machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing

*Statistics & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

## Youngseog Chung

Carnegie Mellon University

MS in Machine Learning

Advisor: Jeff Schneider

Research Interests: Uncertainty quantification, decision making and control, causal inference

## Jeremiah Cohen

Princeton University

B.S.E in Computer Science

Advisor: Zico Kolter & Ameet Talwalkar

Research Interests: Machine Learning and Optimization

Amanda Coston

Princeton University

BSE in Computer Science

Advisors: Alexandra Chouldechova, Edward Kennedy, Roni Rosenfeld

Research Interests: Algorithmic Decision Support Systems, Fairness, Causal Inference, Transfer Learning.

*Machine Learning & Public Policy Joint PhD Degree*

Don Dennis

Indian Institute of Technology, Patna

B. Tech, Computer Science and EngineeringAdvisor: Virginia Smith

Research Interests: Statistical Machine Learning, Optimization, Resource Constrained ML

Ben Eysenbach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BS in Mathematics

Advisor: Ruslan Salakhutdinov

Research Interests: Reinforcement Learning

Yewen Fan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Kun Zhang

Research Interests: Deep Learning, Learning Theory, Optimization, Recommendation Systems

## Zhili Feng

University of Wisconsin

MS in Computer Science

Advisor: Zico Kolter

Research Interests: Machine Learning Theory

## Euxhen Hasanaj

Carnegie Mellon UniversityMS in Machine Learning

Advisor: Ziv Bar-Joseph, Barnabas Poczos

Research Interests: Unsupervised Learning, Genomics, Non-Convex Optimization

## Nupoor Gandhi

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. in Computer Science

Advisor: Alexandra Chouldechova

Research Interests: Natural Language Understanding, Computational Psycholinguistics, Computational Social Science

*Machine Learning & Public Policy Joint PhD Degree*

## Saurabh Garg

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

BTech in Computer Science & Engineering

Advisors: Zack Lipton & Siva Balakrishnan

Research Interests: Machine Learning

## Théophile Gervet

McGill University

BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Jeff Schneider & Tom Mitchell

Research Interests: Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Probabilistic Graphical Models

Sachin Goyal

IIT Bombay

BTech in Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Zico Kolter

Research Interests: Robustness, Domain Generalization, Out of Distribution detection

Chirag Gupta

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

B.Tech, Computer Science and Engineering

Advisor: Aaditya Ramdas

Research Interests: Optimization, Statistics aspects of Learning, Causal Inference

Kartik Gupta

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

BTech in Computer Science & Engineering

Advisor: Pradeep Ravikumar

Research Interests: Statistical Machine Learning and Optimization

## Shantanu Gupta

Nanyang Technological University

B.Eng. in Computer Science

Advisors: Zack Lipton & David Childers

Research Interests: Causal inference, sequential decision making

## William Guss

University of California, Berkeley

BA in Pure Mathematics

Advisor: Ruslan Salakhutdinov

Research Interests: Deep Learning Theory, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Automated Machine Learning, Applied Algebraic Topology, and Functional Analysis

## Kin Gutierrez Olivares

Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

BS in Applied Mathematics

Advisor: Artur Dubrawski

Research Interests: Optimization and Statistical Learning Theory

## Keegan Harris

Pennsylvania State University

BS in Computer Science

BS in Physics

Advisors: Hoda Heidari & Steven Wu

Research Interests: algorithmic game theory, economics & computation, online learning

## Jennifer Hsia

Princeton University

B.S.E. in Computer Science

Advisors: Zack Lipton & Aarti Singh

Research Interests: Human-centered machine learning (fairness, interpretability)

## Addison Hu

Yale University

BS in Statistics

Advisor: Ryan Tibshirani

Research Interests: Statistical machine learning, optimization

*Statistics & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

## Shengyuan Hu

Cornell University

B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics

Advisor: Virginia Smith

Research interests: Federated Learning, Privacy Preserving Machine Learning, Robustness

## Conor Igoe

University College Dublin

B.E. in Electronic Engineering

Advisor:Jeff Schneider

Research Interests: Optimization, Algorithmic Game Theory, Bayesian modeling

## Elias Jaasaari

University of Helsinki

MS in Computer Science

Advisor: Tianqi Chen

Research Interests: Automated, scalable, and fair machine learning

## Yiding Jiang

UC Berkeley

BS in EECS

Advisor: Zico Kolter

Research Interests: Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning

## Nari Johnson

Harvard University

BA and MSc in Computer Science

Advisor: Ameet Talwalkar

Research Interests: Interpretability/explainability, transparency, robustness, human-AI interaction

Stefani Karp

Princeton University

BSE in Computer Science

Advisor: Aarti Singh

Research Interests:

## Joon Sik Kim

California Institute of Technology

BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Ameet Talwalkar

Research Interests: Interpretable/explainable machine learning, Human-AI interaction, Deep learning

## Juyong Kim

Seoul National University

MS in Computer Science and Engineering

BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor: Pradeep Ravikumar & Jeremy Weiss

Research Interests: Deep Learning, Computer Vision

## Alex Li

University of California, Berkeley

BS, MS in EECS

Advisor: Deepak Pathak

Research Interests: Continual Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Robustness, Optimization

## Oscar Li

Duke University

BS in Mathematics; BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Virginia Smith

Research Interests: Reinforcement Learning, Lifelong Learning, Interpretable Machine Learning, Computer Vision

## Yuchen Li

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. Statistics and Computer Science, Mathematics

Advisor: Andrej Risteski

Research Interests: Machine learning, natural language processing, and data mining. My long-term goals include improving mathematical understanding of empirical phenomena, and developing principled approaches to modern deep learning applications.

## Paul Liang

Carnegie Mellon University

M.S. in Machine Learning, B.S. in Computer Science

Advisors: Louis-Philippe Morency & Ruslan Salakhutdinov

Research Interests: Multimodal Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Probabilistic Graphical Models

## Bingbin Liu

Stanford University

MS in Computer Science

Advisors: Pradeep Ravikumar & Andrej Risteski

Research Interests: Interpretability, representation learning, data efficiency

## Leqi Liu

Bryn Mawr College

BA in Computer Science

Advisor: Zachary Lipton

Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence; Statistical Machine Learning; Reinforcement Learning; Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in Machine Learning

## Yusha Liu

Carnegie Mellon University

MS in Machine Learning

Advisor: Aarti Singh

Research Interests: Sequential decision making; Active learning

## Natalia L. de Oliveira

Federal University of Sao Carlos and University of Sao Paulo

MS in Statistics

Advisors: Ryan Tibshirani & Jing Lei

Research Interests: statistical machine learning, out-of-sample error estimation, randomization-based methods to improve generalization, Bayesian methods.

*Statistics & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

## Darby Losey

University of Washington

BS in Computer Science, Neurobiology

Advisors: Byron Yu & Steve Chase

Research Interests: Brain-Computer Interfacing, Computational Neuroscience,Dimensionality Reduction, Signal Processing

*Neural Computation & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

## Pratyush Maini

IIT, Dehli

B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering

Advisors: Zico Kolter & Zack Lipton

Research Interests: Trustworthy Machine Learning

## Tanya Marwah

Carnegie Mellon University

MS in Robotics

Advisors: Zack Lipton & Andrej Risteski

Research Interests: Reinforcement Learning, Machine Learning, Optimization

## Abhinav Maurya

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

M.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering

Advisor: Rahul Telang

Research Interests: Machine Learning, Data Science, Computational Social Science, Public Policy

*Machine Learning & Public Policy Joint PhD Degree*

## Stephanie Milani

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

BS in Computer Science & BA in Psychology

Advisor: Fei Feng

Research Interests: Sequential decision making, Artificial Intelligence, Reinforcement learning

## So Yeon (Tiffany) Min

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S. & M.Eng. in EECS

Advisors: Ruslan Salakhutdinov & Yonatan Bisk

Research Interests: Deep learning with domain knowledge

## Renato Negrinho

Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal

MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisors: Geoff Gordon & Matt Gormley

Research Interests: Statistical Machine Learning, Optimization, Natural Language Processing

## Ojash Neopane

University of California, San Diego

BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mathematics

Advisor: Aaditya Ramdas & Aarti Singh

Research Interests: Sequential Analysis, Reinforcement Learning

## Inioluwa Oguntola

MIT

ME & BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Katia Sycara

Research Interests: Deep learning, multimodal learning, computer vision, natural language processing

## Motolani Olarinre

New Jersey Institute of Technology

MS in Computational Biology

Advisor: Robert Kass

Research Interests: Statistical Machine Learning and Reinforcement Learning

## Biswajit Paria

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur,

BS & MS in Computer Science and Engineering

Advisors: Barnabas Poczos & Jeff Schneider

Research Interests: Statistical and theoretical machine learning

## Emilio Parisotto

University of Toronto

BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Ruslan Salakhutdinov

Research Interests: Deep Reinforcement Learning, Generative Models, and Multitask and Transfer Learning in the RL setting. In particular, I am currently interested in more sophisticated memory systems for deep reinforcement learning agents that can allow them to operate in rich 3D environments

## Pratik Patil

University of Toronto

MASc in Electrical & Computer Engineering

MS in Statistics

Advisor: Ryan Tibshirani

Research Interests: Statistical Machine Learning, Information Theory, Optimization

*Statistics & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

Tara Pirnia

University of California, Los Angeles

B.S. in Neuroscience

Advisor: Tom Mitchell

Research Interest: Machine learning, signal processing, and neural computation. In particular,

modeling neural mechanism of speech production.

*Neural Computation & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

## Gregory Plumb

University of Wisconsin, Madison

BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Ameet Talwalkar

Research Interests: Theoretical Machine Learning, Deep Learning

## Aleksandr (Sasha) Podkopaev

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, MS in Applied Mathematics and Physics

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology,MS in Mathematics and Computer Science

Advisor: Aaditya Ramdas

Research Interests: Statistical Modeling of Neural Signals, Statistical Learning Theory, Optimization, Implicit Algorithmic Regularization

*Statistics & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

## Ashwini Pokle

Stanford University

MS in Computer Science

Advisor: Zico Kolter

Research Interests: Multi-task learning, Reinforcement learning, Generative Modelling, 2D Vision

## Rattana Pukdee

University of Oxford

Master in Mathematics

Advisors: Nina Balcan & Pradeep Ravikumar

Research Interests: Robustness, Fairness, ML in public policy

## Charvi Rastogi

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

B.Tech/M.Tech in Electrical Engineering

Advisors: Nihar Shah, Kenneth Holstein

Research Interests: Statistical Machine Learning, Learning Theory, Learning from People, Crowdsourcing

## Elan Rosenfeld

Carnegie Mellon University

BS in Computer Science, Statistics & Machine Learning

Advisors: Pradeep Ravikumar & Andrej Risteski

Research Interests: Statistical machine learning, computational learning theory, graphical models, neural networks

Aaron Rumack

Cornell University

BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Roni Rosenfeld

Research Interests: applied machine learning and computational biology

Dylan Sam

Brown University

BS in Computer Science and Mathematics

Advisor: Zico Kolter

Research Interests: Statistical Machine Learning

## Abulhair Saparov

Princeton University

B.S.E. in Computer Science

Advisor: Tom Mitchell

Research Interests: Scalable machine learning, AI, algorithms, Bayesian statistical methods, natural language processing.

## Robin Schmucker

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

B.Sc. in Informatics

Advisor: Tom Mitchell

Research Interests: Event Detection, Optimization, Internet of Things

## Amrith Setlur

Carnegie Mellon University

MS in Language Technologies

Advisor: TBD

Research Interests: Statistical Machine Learning, Sequential Decision Making

## Shubhranshu Shekhar

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

MS in Computer Science and Engineering

Advisor: Leman Akoglu

Research Interests: Data Mining, Anomaly Detection, Medical and Social Science Applications

*Machine Learning & Public Policy Joint PhD Degree*

## Junhong Shen

UCLA

B.S. in Mathematics of Computation,

Advisor: Ameet Talwalkar

Research Interests: Statistical machine learning with a focus on automation and interpretability

## Samuel Sokota

University of Alberta

MS in Computer Science

Swarthmore College

BA in Mathematics

Advisor: Zico Kolter

Research Interests: Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Game Theory, Online Learning, Optimization

## Xiangchen Song

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science

Advisors: Kun Zhang & Eric Xing

Research Interests: Machine Learning and Data Mining

## Ivan Stelmakh

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

BS in Computer Science

Advisors: Nihar Shah & Aarti Singh

Research Interests: Statistical Learning Theory, Learning form People, Theoretical Machine Learning

## Haitian Sun

Carnegie Mellon University

MS in Machine Learning

Advisor: Ruslan Salakhutinov

Research Interests: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Question Answering

## Nicholay Topin

University of Maryland

BS in Computer Science

Advisor: Manuela Veloso

Research Interests: Reinforcement Learning, Deep Learning, Sequential decision making

Brandon Trabucco

UC Berkeley

B.S. in EECS

Advisor: Russ Salakhutdinov

Research Interests: Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Probabilistic Models

## Che-Ping Tsai

National Taiwan University

BS in Electronic Engineering and Mathematics,

MS in Computer Science

Advisor: Pradeep Ravikumar

Research Interests: Interpretability and Natural language processing

## Jacob Tyo

West Virginia University

M.S. & B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Zachary Lipton

Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Reinforcement Learning, Unsupervised Learning, Causal Inferencing, Active Learning

## Akash Umakantha

Vanderbilt University

B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Advisor: Byron Yu & Matthew Smith (University of Pittsburgh)

Research Interests:Latent variable models, dynamical systems, visual neuroscience, computational neuroscience

*Neural Computation & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

Aria Yuan Wang

UC Berkeley

BA in Statistics and Cognitive Science

Advisors: Mike Tarr, Leila Wehbe

Research Interests: Computer and Human Vision, Computational neuroscience

*Neural Computation & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

## Maxwell Wang

Washington University in St. Louis

BS in Electrical Engineering

Advisors: Avniel Ghuman, Max G'Sell, and Rob Kass

Research Interests: dynamical systems, neuroscience, and medicine

*Neural Computation & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

## Zixin Wen

University of International Business and Economics in China

B.A. in Financial Mathematics

Advisors: Yuanzhi Li & Yuejie Chi

Research Interests: Deep Learning Theory

## Ezra Winston

Carnegie Mellon University

MS in Machine Learning

Advisor: Zico Kolter

Research Interests: Natural language understanding, representation learning

## Shenghao Wu

City University of Hong Kong, B.S. in Computing Mathematics;

Columbia University, B.A. in Mathematics & Statistics

Advisors: Byron Yu & Matthew Smith & Brent Doiron (University of Chicago)

Research Interests: computational neuroscience, dimensionality reduction, spiking neural networks

*Neural Computation & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

## Tom Yan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BS & MEng in EECS

Advisors: Ariel Procaccia & Zack Lipton

Research Interests: Principled approaches to Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

## Tian Ye

Tsinghua University

B.E. in Computer Science

Advisor: Yuanzhi Li

Research Interests: Deep learning and representation learning

## Chih-Kuan Yeh

National Taiwan University

BS in Electronic Engineering

Advisor: Pradeep Ravikumar

Research Interests: deep learning algorithms and its application in computer vision, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing. I'm also interested in transfer learning, generative model, and deep reinforcement learning

## David Zhao

Harvard University

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics

Advisor: Ann Lee

Research Interests: Statistical Machine Learning, Likelihood-free Inference, Uncertainty Quantification, Applications to Astronomy and Physics

*Statistics & Machine Learning Joint PhD Degree*

Lingxiao Zhao

Carnegie Mellon

MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisors: Leman Akoglu & Aarti Singh

Research Interests: machine learning on graph

*Machine Learning & Public Policy Joint PhD Degree*

## Chenghui Zhou

McGill University, B.S. in Computer Science

Advisor: Barnabas Poczos

Research Interests: learning from time series data, statistical machine learning, spectral learning

## Helen Zhou

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S. and M.Eng. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Zachary Lipton

Research Interests: deep learning, representation learning, bayesian methods, natural language processing, machine learning for healthcare