I lead the Statistical Machine Learning Group at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas, Austin. I am also the associate director of the Center for Big Data Analytics at UT Austin. I am also affiliated with the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences.
I obtained my PhD from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, advised by John Lafferty, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley through 2009, working with Martin Wainwright and Bin Yu.
I have received the Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, and the Siebel Scholarship.
I was Program Chair for the Sixteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS) 2013.
Phd Thesis: Approximate Inference, Structure Learning and Feature Estimation in Markov Random Fields. Honorable Mention, ACM SIGKDD Dissertation Award. Honorable Mention, CMU School of Computer Science Distinguished Dissertation Award.