Amr Ahmed, PhD (CMU)


Google Research Scientist

Email: amahmed AT CS DOT CMU DOT EDU

About Me

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my always –approximate webpage. As we all know, completing a webpage is an NP-Complete problem, hence, I don’t aspire to do that in a reasonable time unless P=NP Q.E.D.  (if you buy this argument, you need to look here)

I am now a Google Research Scientist after spending a year at Yahoo! Research. I got my Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University working with Prof. Eric Xing in the Sailing Lab.

My PhD thesis ( defense sildes, proposal sildes ) received the ACM SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award

My random walk in the world is [Cairo Magdeburg Cairo Urbana-Champaign PittsburghSanta ClaraMountain View] I am sure that this is not Markovian! I got my BSc. And MSc. in Computer Engineering from Cairo University. I then moved to start my PhD in the Department of Computer Science at the University of  Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I spent two years at UIUC and then transfered to CMU and got my Phd in 2011.

Last Updated Jan 2009

Recent News

 Our paper, Scalable Inference in Latent Variable Models won a best paper (runner-up) at WSDM 2012 [Relevant tutorial video]

 WWW 2012 Tutorial On , New Templates for Scalable Data Analysis, with Alexander J. Smola, and Markus Weimer.

 NIPS 2011 Tutorial On , Graphical Models for the Internet, with Alexander J. Smola [Video]

 WWW 2011 Tutorial On , Latent Variable Models for the Internet, with Alexander J. Smola.

 Our SLIF team is a finalist (4 out of 70 teams) in the Elsevier Grand Challenge  (read CMU News article)

 I used to co-organize the CMU Machine Learning Lunch seminar (2008-2010).

 I TA’ed the Fall 2008 Probabilistic Graphical Model class.

Professional Actitivites

 Program committee: ICML 2013 WWW 2013 NIPS 2012 ICML 2012 WWW 2012 NIPS 2011 , ICML 2011,AISTAS 2011, WWW 2010,UAI 2009, EMNLP 2008,EMNLP 2009

 Reviewer:  ICML (2006), UAI (2008), NIPS (2007, 2008, 2009,2010), SDM (2007),EMNLP (2007), AAAI (2008)

 Journal Reviewer: ACM computing Surveys, Journal of Machine Learning Research, Transaction of Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.


Mailing Address:

Campus Coordinates