Portrait of Adam Tauman Kalai

Adam Tauman Kalai

Senior Principal Researcher

About

I have been researching away at Microsoft Research New England (Cambridge, MA) since its founding in 2008 on various fun problems including machine learning, program synthesis (getting computers to write programs), crowdsourcing, accessibility, and computational humor, to name a few. Here’s an NPR story about our recent work on getting computers to be less biased (or try the demo we made recently at a hackathon).

Previously, I served as an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Georgia Tech and TTI-Chicago. I was extremely fortunate to receive a PhD at CMU from the ingenious Avrim Blum (where I was also supervised by Randy Pausch for a time), followed by an NSF postdoc at MIT under the wise guidance of Santosh Vempala.

I’ve chaired and co-chaired a number of conferences and meetings including NEML (New England Machine Learning Day), HCOMP 2017 (Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing), and COLT 2010 (Conference on Learning Theory).

Short Biography

Adam Tauman Kalai received his BA (1996) from Harvard, and MA (1998) and PhD (2001) under the supervision of Avrim Blum from CMU. After an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at M.I.T. with Santosh Vempala, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago and then at Georgia Tech. He is now a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. His honors include an NSF CAREER award and an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship. His research focuses on machine learning, human computation, and algorithms.

Students & Teaching

Previous students/interns: Jake Abernethy (Berkeley→Georgia Tech), Daniel Alabi (Harvard), Ken Arnold (Harvard), Maria De-Arteaga (CMU), Pranjal Awasthi (CMU→Rutgers), Nina Balcan (CMU→CMU), Harry Bovik (CMU→CMU), Danielle Bragg (UW), Elisa Celis (UW→Yale), Konstantina Christakopoulou (UMN→Google), Brittany Fiore-Gartland (UW→UW),  Abie Flaxman (CMU→UW), Varun Kanade (Georgia Tech→Oxford), Ashwin Kalyan (Georgia Tech), Katrina Ligett (CMU→Caltech), Azarakhsh Malekian (UMD→Toronto), Brendan McMahan (CMU→Google), Aditya Menon (UCSD→Google), Ankur Moitra (MIT→MIT), Claire Monteleoni (MIT→GWU), Peter Organisciak (UIUC→Denver),  Alexey Romanov (UMASS Lowell→Microsoft), Aaron Roth (CMU→UPenn), Omer Tamuz (Weizmann→Caltech), Jason Tsay (CMU→IBM), Shubham Tulsiani (IIT→Berkeley), Duru Turkoglu (U. Chicago→DePaul), Shyam Upadhyay (UIUC→Google), Greg Valiant (Berkeley→Stanford), Elad Verbin (Tel Aviv University→Lunar), Ellen Vitercik (CMU), Miaomiao Wen (CMU→Coursera), and Kuat Yessenov (MIT→Google).

Spring 2008: Game Theory and Computer Science, (Georgia Tech)

Fall 2006: Machine Learning Theory (Weizmann Institute)

Autumn 2004: Online Algorithms (University of Chicago)

I’m also co-founder of majulook.

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