Niki Kilbertus

My mission is to build socially beneficial, interpretable and theoretically substantiated machine learning systems.

I started my PhD in the Cambridge-Tübingen program in 2016, where I am co-supervised by Bernhard Schölkopf at the MPI for Intelligent Systems and Carl Rasmussen and Adrian Weller at the University of Cambridge. I am a member of Pembroke College, funded by the Cambridge-Tübingen PhD fellowship with generous donations from Microsoft. My prospective graduation year is 2020.

My background is in Physics and Mathematics. During my studies I spent time at Harvard, where I worked with Paul Chesler and Wilke van der Schee on simulating holographic planar shock collisions, as well as at Stanford, where I worked with William East and Tom Abel on simulating gravitational wave formation during preheating.

Selected Publications & Projects

Avoiding Discrimination Through Causal Reasoning

NK, Mateo Rojas-Carulla, Giambattista Parascandolo, Moritz Hardt, Dominik Janzing, Bernhard Schölkopf

NIPS 2017

[paper][bibtex][poster][in the press: MPI][related grant: Digital Impact Grant by Stanford PACS]

ConvWave: Searching for Gravitational Waves with Fully Convolutional Neural Nets

Timothy Gebhard*, NK*, Giambattista Parascandolo, Ian Harry, Bernhard Schölkopf (* equal contribution)

NIPS 2017 Workshop on Deep Learning for Physical Sciences


Learning Independent Causal Mechanisms

Giambattista Parascandolo, NK, Mateo Rojas-Carulla, Bernhard Schölkopf

NIPS 2017 Workshop on Learning Disentangled Representations


Universal Hydrodynamic Flow in Holographic Planar Shock Collisions

Paul Chesler, NK, Wilke van der Schee

Journal for High Energy Physics, 2015

[paper, arxiv version][detailed project report (pdf, ~1MB)]

Quod erat knobelandum

Clara Löh, Stefan Krauss, NK

Springer Spektrum, 2016


Master Thesis Physics: Numerical Analysis of Gravitational Wave Generation during Metric Preheating


[thesis (pdf, ~12MB)][code]

Master Thesis Mathematics: Numerical Analysis of Causal Fermion Systems on $\mathbb{R} \times S^3$


[thesis (pdf, ~3.8MB)]

Physics Project: Sky-MoCa: The Skyrmion Phase in 3D Lattice Simulations




  • Albert Einstein Institute (Potsdam-Golm, Germany): Machine Learning powered CBC Search
  • Alan Turing Institute (London, UK): Fairness in Machine Learning
  • Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (Saarbrücken, Germany): Fairness in Machine Learning
  • Stanford University (CA, USA): Searching for Gravitational Waves with Machine Learning
  • University of Regensburg (Regensburg, Germany): Fully Convolutional Networks for Gravitational Wave Searches
  • Microsoft Research (Cambridge, UK): Learning Independent Causal Mechanisms
  • University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK): Introduction to the Minimum Description Length Principle



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