Dave Moore

I'm a PhD student in computer science, advised by Stuart Russell.

My primary current project is the application of Bayesian inference to nuclear test monitoring: given seismic waveforms from a global network of stations, we want to infer seismic events that plausibly explain the observed signals. Portions of this work have been funded by the CTBTO and DTRA.

I am also interested more generally in statistical machine learning, especially in probabilistic programming, i.e., how to specify and automatically perform inference in complex probability models, and also in nonparametric Bayesian statistics, in particular Gaussian processes. I'm hopeful that these interests can advance the Project of AI.

Before coming to Berkeley, I was an undergrad at Williams College, where I majored in CS and math and wrote a senior thesis with Andrea Danyluk.

Email: dmoore@cs.berkeley.edu
Office: Sutardja Dai Hall, 7th floor, desk 108.
Calendar: here.

Dec 2016: my thesis on signal-based Bayesian monitoring of seismic events is now available! This spring I'll continue at Berkeley as a postdoc following up on this work and hopefully starting some new projects.


Other work


Note: please contact me if you plan to use any of this code! Some of it may be poorly documented or broken in its current form, but I'm glad to help figure out how it can be useful to you.

Elbow is a flexible framework for probabilistic programming, built atop TensorFlow. It's focused on modular construction of probabilistic models and variational posterior representations.

Matrizer is an optimizing compiler for linear algebra expressions: it tries to infer matrix properties and rewrite computations for efficient and numerically stable execution. New: try the interactive web interface!

The TreeGP package implements Gaussian process regression in Python, with efficient posterior calculations via cover trees as described in our UAI-MSTND paper above.


I'm not currently teaching. Courses I've TA'd in the past:


In my spare time, I play violin with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. We play about one concert set per month during the academic year, with a wide range of great repertoire (see the website for details). Tickets are only $5 for Berkeley students, so come check us out!

If you're a Williams or Berkeley undergrad thinking about applying to CS grad schools, feel free to get in touch; I'm more than happy to talk about my experiences with the process! I can't guarantee to be helpful, but I can guarantee to be more helpful than either of these guys.

I've started a blog to contain writings on CS and non-CS topics. I'm not sure yet how often it'll be updated.