Akshay Balsubramani

Computer Science and Engineering
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92092

Research Overview

Welcome! I am a PhD student at UC San Diego, working in machine learning. I am interested in principled algorithms which work across diverse application areas. I am advised by Yoav Freund, and received my M.S. in Computer Science from UCSD in spring 2013.

More specifically, my current research interests include devising better ways to combine ensembles of predictors, and studying sequential processes and learning algorithms. My CV contains more on some current projects.

Research Manuscripts

* Indicates joint authorship.


Before the PhD, I was an Associate at Strand Life Sciences, where I did statistical genomics, developing tools for genomics researchers. Previously, I received a B.S. (High Honors) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley in December 2008. On the way to that degree, I minored in (quantum) physics at Berkeley as well. Before that, I lived in various parts of India, the US, and Singapore.


I used to play the violin (and occasionally still do); before college, I happened to do a certification in it (unfortunately recordings are lost!). I also played the Carnatic classical style, which is less polyphonic but melodically far richer.

I have always enjoyed traveling and do so whenever the opportunity arises. In my free time, I sometimes write on history and philosophy tidbits I find interesting (links to come).

This site is (still and perennially) under construction.