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 advised by Yoav Freund, and received my M.S. in Computer Science from UCSD in spring 2013. During my PhD, I have developed semi-supervised algorithms to combine ensembles of predictors, and have also worked on sequential processes and learning algorithms. My research statement and CV have more information.

After finishing my PhD this summer, I will be joining the lab of Anshul Kundaje at Stanford University, as a postdoctoral researcher in functional genomics and machine learning.

Research Manuscripts

Click on each paper title for a very unofficial one-sentence summary.


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.