Michael Mahoney

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I am at ICSI and the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley; I am in the RISELab (in the past AMPLab) in the Department of EECS; and I am also an Amazon Scholar.

Email: mmahoney is the username, and stat dot berkeley dot edu is the domain name

Most of my work focuses on the applied mathematics of data, in particular on algorithmic and statistical aspects of what is now called big data, although I was doing it back when it was just massive, and prior to that when it was just large. On the theory side, we develop algorithmic and statistical methods for matrix, graph, regression, optimization, and related problems. On the implementation side, we provide implementations (e.g., on single machine, distributed data system, and supercomputer environments) of a range of matrix, graph, and optimization algorithms. On the applied side, we apply these methods to a range of problems in internet and social media analysis, social networks analysis, as well as genetics, mass spec imaging, astronomy, climate, and a range of other scientific applications. For more information, you can also see a headshot and bio.

Recent News

Students and Postdocs

I have been fortunate to work with a number of great students and postdocs over the years.

Current Students and Postdocs:

  • Sen Na (postdoc, UC Berkeley / ICSI, 2021-present)

  • Shashank Subramanian (postdoc, UC Berkeley / LBNL, 2021-present)

  • Riley Murray (postdoc, UC Berkeley / ICSI, 2021-present)

  • Geoffrey Negiar (PhD student, UC Berkeley, joint w. L. El Ghaoui)

  • Aditi Krishnapriyan (postdoc, UC Berkeley / LBNL, 2020-present)

  • Liam Hodgkinson (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2020-present)

  • Yaoqing Yang (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2019-present, joint w. J. Gonzalez)

  • Ryan Theisen (PhD student, UC Berkeley)

  • Feynman Liang (PhD student, UC Berkeley)

  • Amir Gholaminejad (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2017-present, joint w. K. Keutzer)

Former Students and Postdocs

  • Zhenyu Liao (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2020-2021; now faculty at Huazhong)

  • Jianfei Chen (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2019-2021, joint w. J. Gonzalez; now faculty at Tsinghua)

  • Michal Derezinski (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2018-2021; now faculty at Michigan)

  • Rajiv Khanna (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2018-2021; now faculty at Purdue)

  • N. Benjamin Erichson (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2018-2021; now faculty at Pittsburgh)

  • Vipul Gupta (student, UC Berkeley, PhD, 2021, joint w. K. Ramchandran; onto Bytedance)

  • Zhewei Yao (student, UC Berkeley, PhD, 2021; onto Microsoft)

  • Francisco Utrera (MEng student, UC Berkeley, researcher, ICSI, 2019-2021; onto Pittsburgh)

  • Dominic Carrano (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2020-2021)

  • Charles Yang (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2020-2021)

  • Evan Kravitz (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2019-2020; onto Amazon)

  • Janelle Lines (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2019-2020)

  • Qixuan Wu (student, UC Berkeley, undergraduate, 2019-2020)

  • Vanessa Lin (student, UC Berkeley, undergraduate, 2019-2020)

  • Naijing Zhang (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2019-2020; onto Google Youtube)

  • Yifan Bai (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2019-2020; onto Amazon)

  • Xinran Rui (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2019-2020; onto TensTorrent)

  • Sarvagya Singh (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2019-2020; onto Forward Health)

  • Xing Jin (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2019-2020; onto Volume Hedge Fund)

  • Vyom Kavishwar (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2019-2020; onto Hive)

  • Yaohui Cai (visiting researcher, UC Berkeley, 2019-2020, joint w. K. Keutzer; onto Cornell for PhD)

  • Sheng Shen (visiting researcher, 2019-2020, joint w. K. Keutzer; onto UCB for PhD)

  • Daiyaan Arfeen (student, UC Berkeley, undergraduate 2019-2020, joint w. K. Keutzer; onto CMU for PhD)

  • Linjian Ma (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2018-2019; onto UIUC for PhD)

  • Gabe Montague (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2018-2019; onto Co-Founder of Park and Pedal)

  • Jiayu Ye (student, UC Berkeley, MEng capstone, 2018-2019; onto Google)

  • Kai Rothauge (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2017-2019; onto a startup)

  • Shusen Wang (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2016-2018; now faculty at Stevens Institute)

  • Danqing Zhang (student, UC Berkeley, PhD, 2018, advised by Alexei Pozdnoukhov; now at Amazon)

  • Ruoxi Wang (student, Stanford, PhD, 2018, advised by Eric Darve; now at Google)

  • Peng Xu (student, Stanford, PhD, 2018; now at Amazon)

  • Aditya Devarakonda (student, UC Berkeley, PhD, 2018, joint w. J. Demmel; now at Hopkins APL)

  • Norman Mu (visiting researcher, 2018, joint w. K. Keutzer; onto UCB for PhD)

  • Stefan Ivo Palombo (student, UC Berkeley, undergraduate thesis, 2017-2018)

  • Noah Golmant (student, UC Berkeley, undergraduate, 2017-2018, joint w. J. Gonzalez; now at OpenAI)

  • Kimon Fountoulakis (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2015-2018; now faculty at Waterloo)

  • Julian Shun (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2015-2017; now faculty at MIT)

  • Fred Roosta (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2015-2017; now faculty at Queensland)

  • Alex Gittens (postdoc, UC Berkeley, 2015-2017; now faculty at RPI)

  • Evgeniy Faerman (visiting researcher, UC Berkeley, 2016-2017)

  • Felix Borutta (visiting researcher, UC Berkeley, 2016-2017)

  • Liping Jing (visiting researcher, ICSI, 2016-2017, joint w. G. Friedland)

  • Di Wang (student, UC Berkeley, PhD, 2017, joint w. S. Rao; now at Google)

  • Simon Du (student, UC Berkeley, undergraduate thesis, 2014-2015, joint w. M. Gu; now at Washington)

  • Jiyan Yang (student, Stanford, PhD, 2016; now at Facebook)

  • Aaron Adcock (student, Stanford, PhD, 2014; now at Facebook)

  • Xiangrui Meng (student, Stanford, PhD, 2014; at LinkedIn, then Databricks)

  • Lorenzo Orecchia (intern, 2008, Yahoo; faculty at Boston, then Chicago)

  • Jure Leskovec (intern, Yahoo, 2007; now faculty at Stanford)

  • Hari Narayanan (intern, Yahoo, 2007; faculty at Washington, then TIFR, Mumbai)

  • Jeff Phillips (intern, Yahoo, 2007; now faculty at Utah)

  • Lek-Heng Lim (intern, Yahoo, 2006; now faculty at Chicago)

  • Boulos Harb (intern, Yahoo, 2006; now at Google)

  • James Campbell (student, Yale, undergraduate thesis, 2005)