About Me


(not as up-to-date as my Publications page)

Current :
I am a Senior Machine Learning Scientist working on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Reinforcement Learning (add other buzz words here) making history at the one and only Amazon. I am a part of Amazon AI, out of Palo Alto. Some recent projects I pretend to, will or do help with (probably with high variance and low mean levels of usefulness) include Amazon Personalize, Amazon Forecast and Amazon SageMaker RL. These and many other projects in our lab are hiring scientists and engineers. If you are interested, do reach out.

My research interests lie at the intersection of AI, optimization, learning and inference particularly using them to understand, model and combat noise and uncertainty in real world applications. I'm particularly interested in Reinforcement Learning in practice and at scale. Broadly, I work on using ideas from online algorithms, optimization under uncertainty, control theory, game theory, artificial intelligence, graphical models and estimation theory. My goal is to develop novel, somewhat theoretically well motivated optimization algorithms that bring intelligent decision support to useful resource allocation problems. My role model is Hari Seldon, though results in my time would be nice. For technical details on stuff I managed to sneak past peer review, see my publications page. 

Evolution :

Murali Energy Wordle

Trajectory :
From 2014-2015 I was a post-doc at UC San Diego, in the Machine Learning Group with Prof. Charles Elkan and MESLheaded by Prof. Rajesh Gupta.

From 2011-2013 I was a Research Staff Member at IBM ResearchIndia Research Lab in Bangalore where I worked on Next Generation Systems. I was a part of the High Performance Computing (HPC) group and also worked with the Smarter Energy group.

At the same time, I had the pleasure of working with the amazing game theory lab run by Prof. Narahari at the Indian Institute of Science. My collaborators included Shweta Jain, Swaprava Nath and Pankaj Dayama.

Before IBM (note the obfuscation of a start date), I was a Doctoral student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University, from where I graduated in 2011. I am fortunate to be advised (then and now) by Profs. Raj ReddyRohit Negi and Pradeep Khosla. I was also lucky to be mentored by Yaron Rachlin. My PhD research interests were in establishing theoretical and algorithmic limits and guarantees for large scale detection applications (think sensor networks) using ideas from information and coding theory.

In the past I have worked in robust speech recognition, text-independent speaker identification, speech science, machine learning and auditory scene analysis with Prof. Richard Stern. I also did some work on target tracking with Ryan Kerekes and Iris recognition (the body part not the flower) with Ryan Kerekes and Jason Thronton (who even in this day and age does not have a webpage).

At CMU I was associated with CENSIR, the Robust Speech Group and the Sphinx Speech Group.

I am a proud recipient of the National Talent Search (NTSE) and the Jawaharlal Nehru (JNCASR) scholarships from the the government of India during my undergraduate studies.

Service :

TPC of BuildSys 2016

Reviewer for   NIPS 2016

Very limited reviewer for ICML 2016 

Organizing MPE 2013+ Workshop on Data-aware Energy Use

TPC of E-Energy 2015 and DEN 2015
TPC of ECML PKDD 2014 and 2013
TPC of HotPower 2014 
Publicity Chair for  BuildSys 2014
Reviewer for the Journal of Climate

Education :  (kinda)

B.E - Electronics and Communication Engineering - M.S.R.I.T, Bangalore under VTU (03)
M.S - Electrical and Computer Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh(05)

PhD - Electrical and Computer Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh(11)

Disclaimer : The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent Amazon's positions, strategies or opinions.