PhD Students

Roy Adams

PhD Student

Roy is a PhD candidate working with Prof. Ben Marlin. He is interested in the application of machine learning (specifically, probabilistic graphical models) to the fields of medicine and ecology and the novel techniques that can come out of such applications. Before joining UMass, he received his BS in Computer Science Engineering from University of California - Davis.

Garrett  Bernstein

Garrett Bernstein

PhD Student

Garrett is a PhD student advised by Prof. Dan Sheldon. His research focuses on developing machine learning algorithms to analyze large environmental datasets. Prior to UMass, he received a B.S. in Applied Physics and an MEng in Computer Science from Cornell University, and worked for three years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Su Lin Blodgett

MS/PhD student

Su Lin is a PhD student working with Professor Brendan O’Connor. She is interested in machine learning and natural processing, especially the use of statistical text analysis to answer social science questions. She received a B.A. in mathematics from Wellesley College.

Abram Handler

PhD Student

Abram Handler studies natural language processing and machine learning with Prof. Brendan O'Connor. He is interested in using techniques from data science and human computer interaction to answer questions about society and politics. Before coming to U. Mass, he worked as a software developer with the Louisiana Office of Public Health and as a data journalist with The Lens, a nonprofit news website covering New Orleans. He earned a BA in philosophy from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from the University of New Orleans.

Steve Cheng-Xian Li

PhD Student

Steve is a PhD student in the School of Computer science working with Professor Ben Marlin. He is interested in machine learning and its applications. Prior to joining UMass, he received a B.S. in Computer Science and Information Engineering from the National Taiwan University and an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Annamalai  Natarajan

Annamalai Natarajan

PhD Candidate

I am a PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science. I am broadly interested in probabilistic models, inference in these frameworks and their applications. Prior to coming to UMass, I worked as a research assistant for Ken Norman at the Princeton Computational Memory lab. At Princeton we studied the effects of memory retrieval in humans. Even before that I got my Masters from Colorado State University working with Chuck Anderson on Brain Computer Interface applications.

Tao Sun

Ph.D Candidate

Tao is a PhD student in the Schoolof Computer science working with Professor Dan Sheldon. He is interested in machine learning and its applications, and is now involved in the project BirdCast to develop novel methods for continent-scale bird migration prediction. Prior to joining UMass, he studied in Oregon State University for two years, and received a M.E. in Electronics Engineering and Communications from the Tsinghua University.

Kevin  Winner

Kevin Winner

Ph.D. Candidate

Kevin is a Ph.D. candidate working with Prof. Sheldon on machine learning for problems in population ecology and animal movement.