Feras Saad فِرَاسْ سَعَد

Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email Address: fsaad@cmu.edu
Tel: (412) 268-1805
Administrative Assistant: Oliver Moss
Office: Gates Hillman Complex 9225

I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at CMU, where I am affiliated with the Principles of Programming and Artificial Intelligence groups.

My research develops new techniques for building scalable computing systems that enable flexible probabilistic modeling and sound probabilistic inference. By integrating ideas from programing languages and probabilistic AI, we seek to improve our ability to engineer powerful reasoning systems with a higher degree of automation, accuracy, and scale as compared to existing approaches. I explore applications in diverse areas such as automatic model discovery, time series analysis, and random variate generation; and maintain open-source software tools that help practitioners leverage these techniques in their own domains: see research and software for an overview.

Prior to joining CMU, I was a Visiting Research Scientist at Google. I received the PhD, MEng, and SB degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. My theses on probabilistic programming were recognized with the George M. Sprowls PhD Thesis Award in Artificial Intelligence + Decision Making (2023) and Charles & Jennifer Johnson MEng Thesis Award in Computer Science (2017).

Research Opportunities

I am actively recruiting self-motivated students and postdocs at all levels.
  • Prospective Students: If you are interested in working with me as a graduate student, please apply to the CMU CS PhD program and mention my name in your application.
  • Current CMU Students: If you are already a graduate, masters, or undergraduate student at CMU, please send me an email and we can find a time to chat.
  • Postdocs: Please send me an email with your CV, two representative papers, and a short description of your background and interests.