Official Bio for publicity purposes.
Sham Kakade is a Washington
Research Foundation Data Science Chair, with a joint appointment in
of Statistics and the Department
of Computer Science at the University of
I completed my PhD at the Gatsby
Computational Neuroscience Unit under the supervision of Peter
Dayan, and I was an undergraduate at Caltech where I obtained my
BS in physics. Before joining UW, I was a principal research scientist at Microsoft
Research, New England. Previous to this, I was an
associate professor at the Department of
Statistics, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania (from
2010-2012), and I was an assistant professor at the Toyota Technological
Institute at Chicago (from 2005-2009). I was a
postdoc in the Computer and
Information Science department at the University of Pennsylvania
under the supervision of Michael Kearns.
My research focuses on both theoretical and
applied questions in machine learning and artificial
intelligence. My hope is to help to advance the state of
the art on core scientific, technological, and AI problems in the
near future. I
enjoy collaborating with researchers, across
a variety of different areas (including statistics, computer science,
signal processing, social sciences, economics, psychology, and biology/neuroscience).
Towards these ends, some of my recent research
- specific application domains (e.g. robotics and music).
- pratical (and provably sound) methods for large scale
optimization, which address statistical issues and non-convexity (see here and here).
- learning in structured settings, such as in reinforcement learning,
estimating latent structure, and memory (see here, here, and here).
If you are interested in machine learning, optimization,
statistics, CS theory, or related areas, please apply either through the
computer science website
statistics website. UW
is a great place for these activities.
Some good stuff at UW:
Some Activities and Services
Co-organizer for the
Simons Foundations of Machine Learning, Winter, 2017
Co-chair for the
Simon's Representational Learning workshop, March, 2017
Co-chair for the
IMS-MSR Workshop: Foundations of Data Science, June 11th, 2015.
Steering committee for the fourth
New England Machine Learning Day, May 18th, 2015.
Program committee for the third
New England Machine Learning Day, May 13th, 2014.
New York Computer Science and Economics Day V, Dec 3rd, 2012.
Program committee for the first
New England Machine Learning Day, May 16th, 2012.
Program chair for the
24th Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT 2011) which took place in Budapest, Hungary, on July 9-11, 2011.
Tensor Decompositions for Learning Latent Variable Models, AAAI 2014
Tensor Decompositions Methods for Learning Latent Variable Models, ICML 2013
CSE 547 / STAT 548: Machine Learning for Big Data, Spring 2017
CSE 546: Machine Learning, Autumn 2016
CSE 547 / STAT 548: Machine Learning for Big Data, Spring 2016
CSE 546: Machine Learning, Autumn 2015
Stat 928: Statistical Learning Theory
Stat 991: Multivariate
Analysis, Dimensionality Reduction, and Spectral Methods
Large Scale Learning
Gabriel Cadamuro (co-advised with
Daniel Hsu (while at UPenn)
(in reverse chronological order)
Daniel Hsu (while at TTI-C)
Sathyanarayan Anand (while at TTI-C)
Email: sham [at] cs [dot] washington [dot] edu
Department of Statistics, Office 303
Computer Science & Engineering, Office 436
Paul Allen Center
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195