Alex Gittens

I am an assistant professor in the Computer Science department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. My research focuses on using randomization to reduce the computational costs of extracting information from large datasets. My work lies at the intersection of randomized algorithms, numerical linear algebra, high-dimensional probability, and machine learning.

I earned my PhD in applied and computational mathematics at CalTech under the supervision of Prof. Joel Tropp, in 2013. From 2013 until 2015, I was a member of the machine learning research group at eBay. Following that I was a postdoctoral fellow in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley and a member of the International Computer Science Institute. I joined RPI in January of 2017.

I can be contacted at gittea at rpi dot edu.

I am currently seeking PhD students.


In the spring of 2017, I am teaching a course related to my research, CSCI6971/CSCI4971, "Large Scale Matrix Computation and Machine Learning". See the (coming) course site for the syllabus, and links to the assignments and helpful background materials.



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