Welcome to new academics
Dr. Dario Paccagnan joined from the Center for Control, Dynamical System, and Computations, UCSB, USA. He received his PhD in optimization and control from ETH Zurich. His research focuses on the modeling, analysis, and control of multi-agent systems where self-interested agents take autonomous decisions. He leverages theoretical models and real world case studies to shed light on the societal impact of self-interested decision making.
Dr. Mark van der Wilk worked as a machine learning researcher at PROWLER.io, a research-led startup aiming to solve a wide variety of decision making problems. I did my PhD in the Machine Learning Group at the University of Cambridge. He is particularly interested in reinforcement learning methods which use explicit predictive models of the world to plan behaviour. This approach improves data efficiency, as knowledge about the world generalises strongly to new situations.
Dr. Azalea Raad was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Germany before joining the department and she completed her PhD at Imperial College in 2017. Her research is in the area of programming languages and verification, spanning several topics including non-volatile memory, persistency semantics, weak memory models, stateless model checking and program logics.
Dr. Marek Rei previously worked in the Research team at SwiftKey, where we developed experimental technologies for language modeling and natural language processing. One of his main projects was the neural network language model for text prediction SwiftKey has since been acquired by Microsoft. He received his PhD degree as a member of Churchill College in Cambridge, with his thesis on Minimally supervised dependency-based methods for natural language processing.
Dr. Lluis Vilanova was a post-doctoral researcher with Yoav Etsion at the Technion’s Electrical Engineering department before joining the department. He received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Computer Architecture Department at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. His research interests are computer architecture; operating systems and runtimes; resource and device virtualization; hardware/software interfaces and co-design; resource management in heterogeneous and parallel systems; security and privacy.