Ashwin Pananjady


PhD Student
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley
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ashwinpm (at) berkeley (dot) edu
264 Cory Hall

Berkeley Laboratory for Information and System Sciences (BLISS)
Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab (BAIR)


I am on the 2019-20 job market.

Nov 2019: Paper on permutation-based models to appear in Annals of Statistics
Oct 2019: Received the inaugural IMS Lawrence Brown PhD student award
Oct 2019: Talk at Princeton CISS (March 2020)
Oct 2019: Talk at Stanford ISL colloquium
Oct 2019: Talk at Cornell ORIE Young Researchers Workshop
Oct 2019: Paper on sharp rates for derivative-free optimization in LQR control to appear in JMLR
Oct 2019: Preprint on lowering the bias in single index models
Sep 2019: Preprint on instance-dependent bounds for policy evaluation

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About me

I am a graduate student in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, advised by Martin Wainwright and Thomas Courtade. My thesis committee members are Martin Wainwright, Thomas Courtade, Michael Jordan, and Adityanand Guntuboyina.

My research is centered around the theoretical and methodological aspects of drawing inferences from large, noisy data sets, and builds upon ideas rooted in statistics, optimization, and information theory. I am particularly interested in the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of models and algorithms that are useful in practice. I like thinking about the statistical and computational trade-offs of estimation in both the passive and sequential settings when the underlying object to be estimated has some interesting geometric structure.

I spent the summer of 2017 at Microsoft Research Redmond working with Denny Zhou and Lihong Li, and the summer of 2018 at Amazon Research NYC working with Dean Foster and Lee Dicker.

Before coming to Berkeley, I graduated with a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, and was fortunate to have worked with Rahul Vaze, Sounaka Mishra and Andrew Thangaraj during my bachelor’s degree.

I co-organize the BLISS seminar at Berkeley; send me an email if you would like to give a talk!