Associate Professor
Dept. of Computer Science & Tech.
University of Cambridge

Laboratory Director
Samsung AI, Cambridge

ndl32@cam.ac.uk

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MLSys Lab

I am an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge, where I lead the Machine Learning Systems lab (CaMLSys). Alongside my academic role, I am the Lab Director at Samsung AI in Cambridge. This 50-person lab has an agenda of broad ML advancement, and in addition to leading the lab — I personally direct teams focused on distributed and on-device forms of learning.

In my capacity as a scientist, I study the design, architecture and algorithms of scalable and robust end-to-end machine learning (ML) systems. My research interests drive towards the development of new forms of ML systems that are revolutionary in how they leverage multi-modal data (e.g., speech, vision, location, inertial information) to infer and reason over complex real-world situations — while simultaneously, maintaining extreme levels of systems flexibility (e.g., distributed execution, adaptation) and efficiency (e.g., compute, memory).

In the past, I have developed computational models of human behavior and context (i.e., activity recognition), in addition to algorithms and systems software for mobile and embedded platforms ranging from smartphones to sensor networks.

Until May 2020, I was an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Oxford. At Oxford, I was a member of the Cyber-Physical Systems group, taught machine learning on the Professional Masters Program and was a Fellow of Kellogg College.

Earlier in my career, I held dual academic and industrial appointments as a Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science department at University College London (UCL), and as a Principal Scientist at Nokia Bell Labs. At UCL I was part of the Digital Health Institute and UCL Interaction Center, while at the Bell Labs I was part of the Pervasive Systems department based in Cambridge.

Before moving to England, I spent four years at Microsoft Research based in Beijing. There I was a Lead Researcher within the Mobile and Sensing Systems group (MASS). In March 2011, I received a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. I also hold an M.Eng from Cornell University and a BSc.(Hons) from the University of Waikato.

Biography

 

I am an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge, where I lead the Machine Learning Systems lab (CaMLSys). Alongside my academic role, I am the Lab Director at Samsung AI in Cambridge. This 50-person lab has an agenda of broad ML advancement, and in addition to leading the lab — I personally direct teams focused on distributed and on-device forms of learning.

In my capacity as a scientist, I study the design, architecture and algorithms of scalable and robust end-to-end machine learning (ML) systems. My research interests drive towards the development of new forms of ML systems that are revolutionary in how they leverage multi-modal data (e.g., speech, vision, location, inertial information) to infer and reason over complex real-world situations — while simultaneously, maintaining extreme levels of systems flexibility (e.g., distributed execution, adaptation) and efficiency (e.g., compute, memory).

In the past, I have developed computational models of human behavior and context (i.e., activity recognition), in addition to algorithms and systems software for mobile and embedded platforms ranging from smartphones to sensor networks.

Until May 2020, I was an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Oxford. At Oxford, I was a member of the Cyber-Physical Systems group, taught machine learning on the Professional Masters Program and was a Fellow of Kellogg College.

Earlier in my career, I held dual academic and industrial appointments as a Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science department at University College London (UCL), and as a Principal Scientist at Nokia Bell Labs. At UCL I was part of the Digital Health Institute and UCL Interaction Center, while at the Bell Labs I was part of the Pervasive Systems department based in Cambridge.

Before moving to England, I spent four years at Microsoft Research based in Beijing. There I was a Lead Researcher within the Mobile and Sensing Systems group (MASS). In March 2011, I received a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. I also hold an M.Eng from Cornell University and a BSc.(Hons) from the University of Waikato.