Aman Sinha

I'm a 3rd year PhD student at Stanford working at the intersection of machine learning, optimization, and control. I try to make computers faster and smarter on problems that matter to people.

I work in the Artificial Intelligence Lab and Information Systems Lab, jointly advised by John Duchi and Nick Bambos. My recent research includes projects on fast methods for discovering feature representations, adaptive coordinate descent methods, and distributionally robust optimization. I'm supported by a William R. Hewlett Stanford Graduate Fellowship and a Hertz Fellowship.

Before Stanford, I received an MPhil in Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where I was advised by Glenn Vinnicombe and Carl Rasmussen. I received a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton; my thesis advisor was Naomi Leonard, and I also worked in the research groups of Howard Stone and Lex Smits.

I've been fortunate to complement my academic work with practical experience. This summer I am working at Toyota Research Institute (TRI). I've previously worked at Quantifind, Microsoft, and Merck.

amans at stanford dot edu, CV, Linkedin, Google scholar

Adaptive Sampling Probabilities for Non-Smooth Optimization.
Hongseok Namkoong, Aman Sinha, Steve Yadlowsky, John Duchi. ICML 2017.
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Objective measurement of free-living physical activity (performance) in lumbar spinal stenosis: are physical activity guidelines being met?
Justin Norden, Matt Smuck, Aman Sinha, Richard Hu, Christy Tomkins-Lane. The Spine Journal, 2017.
Outstanding Paper Award Runner-up.

Learning kernels with random features.
Aman Sinha, John Duchi. NIPS 2016.
[link] [pdf] [code] [poster]

Dynamic management of network risk from epidemic phenomena.
Aman Sinha, John Duchi, Nick Bambos. IEEE CDC 2015.
[link] [pdf] [slides]

Visualizing the very-large-scale motions in turbulent pipe flow.
Leo Hellström, Aman Sinha, Lex Smits. Physics of Fluids, 2011.
[link] [pdf]

Distributed gaussian process regression in networked systems.
Aman Sinha. University of Cambridge MPhil. Thesis, 2014.
[link] [pdf]

Distributed consensus protocols in adaptive multi-agent systems.
Aman Sinha. Princeton University Undergraduate Thesis, 2013.
Awarded Morgan W. McKinzie '93 Senior Thesis Prize for best senior thesis.
[link] [pdf]

Single-particle motion in colloids: nonlinear fluctuations in the presence of hydrodynamic interactions.
Aman Sinha. Princeton University Junior-Year Independent Study, 2012.

I wrote an iOS app that converts handwriting to LaTeX. The website/server backend was developed and is maintained by Gina Triolo and me. More info available here.

One time I had the honor of speaking to a lot of people. [link]