- 1989. Ph.D., University of Edinburgh. Cognitive Science and Computer Science.
- 1984. B.S., Michigan State University. Math.
- 2020 – now. Senior Research Scientist. Flatiron Institute. Center for Computational Mathematics. Computational statistics
- 2011 – 2020. Research Scientist. Columbia University. Statistics Department.
- 2002 – 2011. Software Developer, Research Scientist. Alias-i (LingPipe).
- 2000 – 2002. Software Developer. SpeechWorks.
- 1996 – 2000. Member of Technical Staff. Bell Laboratories. Multimedia Research Lab.
- 1988 – 1996. Associate Professor. Carnegie Mellon University. Philosophy Department.
- 2019 – 2020. $500K. PI. Schmidt Futures. Innovation Fellow.
- 2019 – 2022. $630K. Co-PI. National Science Foundation. RIDIR: Tool for Poststratification and Small-Area Estimation for Survey Data.
- 2019 – 2020. $360K. Co-PI. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Econometric Modeling with Stan for Causality and Differential Equilibrium.
- 2017 – 2020. $980K. Co-PI. National Science Foundation. CRI:Sustain Stan for the Long Run.
- 2017 – 2019. $750K. Co-PI. Office of Naval Research. STTR Phase II: Fast and Flexible Differential Equation Model Fitting.
- 2016 – 2017. $80K. Co-PI. Office of Naval Research. STTR Phase I: Fast and Flexible Differential Equation Model Fitting with Applications to Pharmacometrics.
- 2015 – 2018. $600K. Co-PI. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Sustaining and Growing the Stan Community.
- 2014 – 2016. $200K. Co-PI. National Science Foundation. EAGER: Advanced Machine Learning for Prediction of Preterm Birth.
- 2014 – 2017. $750K. Co-PI. Institute of Educational Sciences. Solving Difficult Bayesian Computation Problems in Education Research Using Stan.
- 2012 – 2015. $500K. Co-PI. National Science Foundation. CRI:New Stan: Scalable Software for Bayesian Modeling.
- 2006 – 2008. $750K. National Institutes of Health. Phase II SBIR: Resolving Biological Entity References.
- 2004 – 2006. $400K. National Institutes of Health. Phase I SBIR: Resolving Biological Entity References.
Please see my open source software page.
Please see my publications page.
Postdocs and Interns
I’ve had three Ph.D. students, Ariel Cohen (now a linguistics professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Gerald Penn (now a computer science professor at University of Toronto), and Kathy Baker (now out of academia). I’ve had numerous master’s students, interns, etc.
If you’re interested in postdoc positions or summer internships, please contact me.
I enjoy teaching. I taught two classes per semester in natural language processing, computability and automata theory, psycholinguistics, semantics, and the philosophy of language during the eight years I was at Carnegie Mellon. I’ve taught numerous summer school courses and short courses. I’m currently managing a Bayesian reading group that feels very much like a graduate seminar.
I enjoy giving talks, especially now that I’m no longer teaching. Please contact me if you’d like me to give a talk.
In addition to reviewing for open-access no-fee conferences and journals, I once served on the editorial board for Computational Linguistics. Nowadays, my service is largely in the form of code reviewing and departmental committees.