David Alvarez Melis

I'm a second year graduate student in the EECS department at MIT, working with Tommi Jaakkola. I'm broadly interested in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. Some topics that I am currently (or have been) working on:

Before coming to MIT, I spent a year at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, working with Ken Church and others in the Speech Recognition Group.

Even before that, I completed a BSc in Applied Math at ITAM (Mexico City) where I was advised by Carlos Bosch and an MS in Math at the Courant Institute, NYU, where I was advised by Mehryar Mohri.


MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Stata Center, Bldg 32-G484
Cambridge, MA 02139
E-mail: d_alv_mel_[at]_mit_[dot]_edu (humans: remove underscores).



Some course projects:


Explaining is understanding.

The following extract is from David Goldstein's book on Feynman:

"Feynman was a truly great teacher. He prided himself on being able to devise ways to explain even the most profound ideas to beginning students. Once, I said to him, "Dick, explain to me, so that I can understand it, why spin one-half particles obey Fermi-Dirac statistics." Sizing up his audience perfectly, Feynman said, "I'll prepare a freshman lecture on it." But he came back a few days later to say, "I couldn't do it. I couldn't reduce it to the freshman level. That means we don't really understand it."

Some current and past courses I have TA'd: