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Rahul Krishnan-BW_F

Rahul G. Krishnan


  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Pan-Canadian AI Strategy


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Rahul Krishnan’s research seeks to accelerate advances in healthcare using machine learning. By blending ideas from Bayesian networks, probabilistic inference, causal inference, and deep learning, he hopes to build practical machine learning models for use in clinical decision support tools. Such tools may be used to summarize clinical knowledge, help doctors in decision-making and point to new insights in the inner workings of the human body. The lack of prior knowledge about how high-dimensional data in medicine behave makes it challenging to prescribe mechanistic models of the data generating distribution. His research therefore has centered around developing learning algorithms for deep latent variable models, a powerful class of generative models that combine the probabilistic framework of Bayesian networks with the representational capacity of neural networks.


  • NeurIPS Top 400 Reviewer, 2019, 2020
  • Henning Biermann Award, New York University, 2016
  • Pearson International Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2008-2013

Relevant Publications

  • Krishnan, R., Shalit, U., & Sontag, D. (2017, February). Structured inference networks for nonlinear state space models. In Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (Vol. 31, No. 1).
  • Liang, D., Krishnan, R. G., Hoffman, M. D., & Jebara, T. (2018, April). Variational autoencoders for collaborative filtering. In Proceedings of the 2018 World Wide Web Conference (pp. 689-698).
  • Krishnan, R., Liang, D., & Hoffman, M. (2018, March). On the challenges of learning with inference networks on sparse, high-dimensional data. In International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (pp. 143-151). PMLR.

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