I am a postdoc in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley where I am continuing work on large-scale systems for machine learning as well as the GraphLab project. As a graduate student I worked with Carlos Guestrin in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). My research addresses the challenges of designing and building large-scale machine learning algorithms and systems. In particular, my thesis focuses on large-scale structured machine learning using probabilistic graphical models that are capable of reasoning about billions of related random variables. The resulting algorithms and systems have achieved state-of-the-art performance in tasks ranging from predicting ad preferences in social networks to solving complex protein modeling tasks. As part of my thesis work we created GraphLab , a framework that dramatically simplifies the design and implementation of high-performance large-scale machine learning systems.
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