Kriste Krstovski

Data Science Institute Associate Research Scientist
Columbia Business School Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kriste Krstovski is an associate research scientist at the Data Science Institute and an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Business School. Prior to DSI, he was a postdoctoral research scientist working with David Blei at Columbia University and John Lafferty at Yale University.

​He received his Ph.D. in computer science from University of Massachusetts Amherst with David Smith. He spent half of his Ph.D. as a Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where under the supervision of Michael J. Kurtz he researched efficient latent variable models of text as part of the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS).

Before his doctoral studies, he was a Staff Scientist in the Speech and Language Processing Department at Raytheon BBN Technologies. His research at BBN spanned various DARPA projects, including DARPA's TransTac, MADCAT and BOLT programs. While working full-time at BBN, he attended two semesters at MIT as a special graduate student in the EECS department.

​He finished his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, where he was a member of the Consolidated Advanced Technologies for Law Enforcement Laboratory (CATLab). As a member of CATLab, he was a key contributor in the development of the revolutionary Project54 system - a completely integrated voice controlled police cruiser.

​His research interests are:

  • Probabilistic modeling
  • Bayesian latent variable models of text
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Translation: modeling comparable corpora


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