Jean Honorio

Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Purdue.
Assistant Professor in the Statistics Department (by courtesy) at Purdue.
Lawson Building 2142-J, West Lafayette, IN 47907, phone: 765-496-6757
e-mail: jhonorio at purdue.edu

Modern machine learning (ML) problems are combinatorial and non-convex, for which theoretical guarantees are quite limited. Furthermore, while quantitative guarantees (e.g., small test error) have been studied, qualitative guarantees (e.g., correctness of clustering) are mostly lacking. My long-term research goal is to uncover the general foundations of ML and optimization that drives the empirical success across many specific combinatorial and non-convex ML problems. I aim to develop a set of optimization-theoretic frameworks and tools to bridge the aforementioned gaps, to further our understanding of continuous (possibly non-convex) relaxations of combinatorial problems, as well as our knowledge of non-convexity. [vita]

Prior to joining Purdue, I was a postdoctoral associate at MIT CSAIL, working with Tommi Jaakkola. My Erdős number is 3: Jean Honorio → Tommi Jaakkola → Noga Alon → Paul Erdős.

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