Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Professor)
Dept. of Computer Science & Tech.
University of Cambridge

Director
Samsung AI Center, Cambridge

ndl32@cam.ac.uk

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I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge, where I lead the Machine Learning Systems lab. Along side my academic role, I am a Director at the Samsung AI Center in Cambridge. My teams focus on on-device and distributed forms of machine learning.

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 (Associate Professor) in the Computer Science department at University College London (UCL), and 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 led DeepX: an embedded focused deep learning unit at the Cambridge location, that was part of the Pervasive Systems department.

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.

Biography

 

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge, where I lead the Machine Learning Systems lab. Along side my academic role, I am a Director at the Samsung AI Center in Cambridge. My teams focus on on-device and distributed forms of machine learning.

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 (Associate Professor) in the Computer Science department at University College London (UCL), and 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 led DeepX: an embedded focused deep learning unit at the Cambridge location, that was part of the Pervasive Systems department.

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.