Avneesh S. Saluja

Carnegie Mellon University

PhD Candidate
Electrical & Computer Engineering / Language Technologies Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Email: {first-name} AT cs DOT cmu DOT edu


I am co-organizing the Modern Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing workshop with Ankur Parikh, Chris Dyer, and Eric Xing at NIPS 2014.


I'm a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), affiliated with the Language Technologies Institute (LTI) and Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley (CMU-SV). My advisors are Professors Chris Dyer and Ian Lane. I have also worked closely with Joy (Ying) Zhang. I am very thankful to be supported by a generous fellowship from eBay Inc.

This summer (2014), I interned with the eBay machine translation team in San Jose, CA, where I worked on modeling compositional and non-compositional semantics. Last summer (2013), I interned with the machine translation team at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, where I worked on graph-based semi-supervised learning for machine translation. Previously (Summer 2012), I interned at the T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM Research, and worked on unsupervised word similarity methods in the Statistical Natural Language Processing group.

You can find my CV here, and my github page here.

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in statistical natural language processing (especially machine translation) and machine learning, and am currently working on ideas related to graph-based learning and spectral learning methods for latent variable models. I am tangentially interested in machine learning applications in computational finance.

During my undergraduate days, I conducted research in fiber-optic communications with Prof. Joseph Kahn's Optical Communications Group (2006-2007). I also did a summer research internship with the Goldman Sachs Options Research Group in New York (2006).






Teaching Experience


I received a B.Sc. (with Distinction) from the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University in 2007. In a previous avatar, I worked as an Analyst for the Structured Equity Solutions (SES) Group at Goldman Sachs in both New York and Hong Kong (2007-2009). I was also a Product Manager at July Systems in Bangalore, India (2009-2010), where the product that I launched and managed won the "Best Mobile International" category at the 2010 Mobile Excellence Awards.


I'm a wanna-be amateur photographer. Check out my SmugMug page.

Last updated: September 2014