I joined the CSE faculty at Wash U in January 2015. Before arriving here, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Knowledge Discovery and Machine Learning research group at the University of Bonn (2012–2014) and the Auton Lab at Carnegie Mellon University (2010–2012). I completed my PhD as a member of the Machine Learning Research Group at the University of Oxford in 2010, and received an AB and MSc from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004.
My primary research interest is developing new Bayesian machine-learning techniques for sequential decision making under uncertainty. I am especially interested in active learning, active search, Bayesian optimization, and Bayesian quadrature. Gaussian process models are a common tool in my research.
I am also passionate about applications of machine learning in natural science and engineering, and have made contributions in areas including astrophysics, chemoinformatics, surface science, sensor network design, and animal behavior.