Borja De Balle Pigem

Department: Math & Stats / Data Science Institute
Room: PSC, B54
Tel: +44 (0)1524 594701
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Homepage: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/~deballep/

I joined Lancaster University as a Lecturer in Data Science in 2015. I received my PhD from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in 2013, and then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University. My research focuses on the design and analysis of machine learning algorithms for structured data like sequences, trees, and graphs. On the theoretical side, my goal is to advance our understanding of the foundations of data science by identifying essential trade-offs between statistical and computational efficiency. Besides my work in machine learning, I also conduct research in related areas like automata theory, streaming algorithms, and data privacy. Practical applications of my research include efficient algorithms for solving large-scale problems in natural language processing and reinforcement learning. I have served as workshops chair for NIPS 2015 and area chair for NIPS 2014, and have recently organized workshops on spectral methods of moments at NIPS 2013, ICML 2013, and ICML 2014. My research has been recognized with several awards, including best paper at EACL 2012, best student paper at ICGI 2012, and runner-up for best student paper at NIPS 2012.