Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive
5604 EBU1
Mailcode 0407
La Jolla, CA 92093-0407
Fax: + 1 858 534-6976
Phone: + 1 858 539-6003

My research focuses on machine learning, optimization, big data, and crowdsourcing, with applications in computer audition and music information retrieval, multimedia information retrieval, and personalized, mobile health. Previously, I have worked on applications in bioinformatics and financial engineering.

I did my Ph.D. in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U. C. Berkeley, working with Professor Laurent El Ghaoui and Professor Michael Jordan, and my undergraduate studies in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the K.U.Leuven in Belgium.


Year 1 of the Million Song Data Set Challenge has concluded. For more information, click here!

A short video on Herd It and CALab's music search engine.

A 5-minute talk on what I do, at MIT's Emerging Technology Conference.


Emanuele Coviello

Katherine Ellis

Janani Kalyanam

Daryl Lim

Tsung-Yi Lin

Yonatan Vaizman

Prospective students: more info under 'Prospective students' on this page.


Brian McFee (Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University)

Luke Barrington (Senior Manager, Research & Development, DigitalGlobe; former CTO, Tomnod)

Bharath Sriperumbudur (Research Fellow, University of Cambridge)

David Torres (Software Consultant, Anssur Corp.)

Douglas Turnbull (Assistant Professor, Ithaca College)