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Ruslan Salakhutdinov

Ruslan Salakhutdinov’s primary interests lie in statistical machine learning, computational statistics, probabilistic inference, and large-scale optimization. He is the author of over two dozen research papers, including a highly cited paper in Science.


Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, 2013-2015.

Sloan Research Fellowship, 2013-2015.

Early Researcher Award, 2012-2017.

Connaught New Researcher Award, 2012-2014.

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2011.

Relevant Publications

G. Hinton and R. Salakhutdinov, "Reducing the Dimensionality of Data with Neural Networks," Science, vol. 313, no. 5786, pp. 504-507, July 2006



Fellow Learning in Machines & Brains


Carnegie Mellon UniversityMachine Learning Department, School of Computer Science


PhD (Computer Science) University of Toronto

MSc (Computer Science) University of Toronto

BSc (Computer Science and Mathematics) High Point University


United States

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