John Duchi joins the Department of Statistics on September 1st. John received his PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where he has taken full advantage of our excellent Northern California outdoor climate, maintaining interests in cycling, swimming, and backpacking. His research to date centers broadly around optimization, statistics, machine learning, and information theory. He claims to like both theoretical analysis and practical algorithms, and has developed some of the statistical learning algorithms in wide use at Google.
John's work aims at understanding the fundamental limits and difficulties of estimation problems, especially when considering practical constraints on inferential procedures. This focus has incorporated the study of inference under privacy constraints, distributed estimation with a limited communication budget, and stochastic approximation. Along with his joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering with the Information Systems Laboratory, John will hold a courtesy appointment with Stanford Computer Science.