Renato Negrinho

PhD Student

Gates Hillman Centers 8005
Machine Learning Department
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

negrinho at cs dot cmu dot edu

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I am a fourth year PhD student in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. I am fortunate to be advised by Geoff Gordon and Matt Gormley.

I am interested in the application of imitation learning, reinforcement learning, and deep learning to algorithmic domains with strong heuristic aspects, such as optimization and combinatorial search. I tend to look at applications within machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. I am also interested in the software engineering side of machine learning, where I like to think about modularity, reusability, expressivity, workflow, and tooling. I think that, as a community, we should pay a lot more attention to interfaces, standardization, and design patterns.

I am currently contracting part-time for Microsoft to continue working on the research direction that we have pursued during my last internship at Microsoft Research. From January 2018 to May 2018, I was a research scientist intern at Petuum working on an architecture search framework (to be open sourced soon!). I have spent two summers at Microsoft Research: one in 2018, working with Ben Zorn and Alex Polozov on applying deep learning to spreadsheets; one in 2016, working with Asela Gunawardana and Vincent Etter on machine learning for user interaction. Before coming to CMU, I spent the summer of 2015 as a research intern at Xerox Research Centre Europe working with Ariadna Quattoni and Xavier Carreras on sketching algorithms for spectral learning. I spent the year of 2014 as a research scholar working with André Martins on machine learning and natural language processing. I spent three months as a visiting scholar at CMU working with Noah Smith on multiword expression tagging. Prior to that, I got a MSc and a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico. For my MSc thesis, I worked with Pedro Aguiar on developing invariants for shape representation using symmetric polynomials and the bispectrum. It has been a pleasure to work with so many great people!

I am always happy to discuss research. Send me an email or stop by my office if you want to chat.