Jeff A. Bilmes

Picture Jeff A. Bilmes is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle Washington. He is also an adjunct professor in Computer Science & Engineering and the department of Linguistics. He is the founder of the MELODI (MachinE Learning for Optimization and Data Interpretation) lab. He received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Division of the department of EECS at UC Berkeley.

His primary interests lie in statistical modeling (particularly graphical model approaches) and signal processing for pattern classification, speech recognition, language processing, bioinformatics, machine learning, submodularity in combinatorial optimization and machine learning, active and semi-supervised learning, and audio/music processing. He is particularly interested in temporal graphical models (or dynamic graphical models, which includes HMMs, DBNs, and CRFs) and ways in which to design efficient algorithms for them and design their structure so that they may perform as better structured classifiers. He has strong interests in speech-based human-computer interfaces, the statistical properties of natural objects and natural scenes, information theory and its relation to natural computation by humans and pattern recognition by machines, and computational music processing (such as human timing subtleties). He also has interests in high performance computing systems, computer architecture, and software techniques to reduce power consumption.