This talented group of young researchers form the AMISTAD Lab. Together we work on problems in theoretical machine learning, probability, statistics, and search.
Our current research projects include:
- Machine Learning as Search
- A Theory of Overfitting and Underfitting
- Fast Kernel Density Estimation with Error Guarantees
Interested in joining the lab as a summer research student? Stop by Olin 1281 so we can chat!
(Non-Claremont Colleges students can apply here.)
What does AMISTAD mean? In Spanish, amistad means “friendship,” which is an important aspect of our lab culture. There is the backcronyn given at the top of the page, which alludes to the fact that machine learning and AI can be reduced to searches for small targets, a guiding focus of the research in our lab. Lastly, La Amistad was also the name of a 19th century slave ship (with an eponymous film based on the story, Amistad) taken over by those held captive, risking their lives in their fight for freedom. Their courage and struggle reminds us that rebellion and defying consensus, though always dangerous, can at times become necessary. Groundbreaking research always includes an aspect of rebellion. But rebellions can remain optimistic, generous, and loving pursuits of truth, of which amistad (friendship) is a reminder. We have hope; and in the words of Jyn Erso, rebellions are built on hope.