Portrait of Chris Meek

Chris Meek

Research Manager

About

I am a manager in the Machine Learning Department in Microsoft Research and I am primarily interested in statistics and machine learning. My work has touched a large number of areas including the analysis of sequence data (e.g., web logs), probabilistic models for relational data, auction design, scalable algorithms, computational biology, data mining, collaborative filtering, recommendation systems, text classification, bioinformatics, clustering and mixture models. I have a long standing interest in model selection, learning and using graphical models, and learning causal relationships from non-randomized studies.

My research contributions have had an impact on a large number of systems/products during my tenure at Microsoft including Microsoft SQL Analysis Services (data mining), Microsoft AdCenter, Microsoft Bing, Microsoft Dynamics Live, Windows Tablet PC (handwriting recognition), Microsoft Commerce Server (recommender system).

Projects

Platform for Interactive Concept Learning (PICL)

Established: April 28, 2015

Quick interaction between a human teacher and a learning machine presents numerous benefits and challenges when working with web-scale data. The human teacher guides the machine towards accomplishing the task of interest. The system leverages big data to find examples…

Publications

2015

The Activity Platform
Helen Wang, Alexander Moshchuk, Michael Gamon, Mona Haraty, Shamsi Iqbal, Eli T. Brown, Ashish Kapoor, Chris Meek, Eric Chen, Yuan Tian, Jaime Teevan, Mary Czerwinski, Susan Dumais, in USENIX 15th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS XV), May 8, 2015, View abstract, Download PDF

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I am an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. I am also an associate editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research and for Statistics and Computing and was previously an associate editor for the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. I was the program chair for Uncertainty and Artificial Intelligence (UAI) in 2003 and the general chair for UAI in 2004.