Colin White

colin AT realityengines DOT ai

My CV (Updated Jan. 2019).

I design algorithms which create advanced AI algorithms.

I am a Research Scientist at RealityEngines.AI in San Francisco. I recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in computer science. My research is in machine learning and theoretical computer science. I am particularly interested in autoML, specifically, neural architecture search and hyperparameter optimization.

During my Ph.D., I was supported by the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, and I was fortunate to be advised by Nina Balcan. I received my undergraduate degree from Amherst College.

You can read my thesis here.


I recently gave a webinar on neural architecture search. Thanks everyone for tuning in! The video is here and the slides are here.

Check out my new blog post on Bayesian optimization for neural architecture search.


Robust Communication-Optimal Distributed Clustering Algorithms
P. Awasthi, A. Bakshi, M. Balcan, C. White, D. Woodruff
International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP) 2019

Data-Driven Clustering via Parameterized Lloyd's Families
M. Balcan, T. Dick, C. White
Selected for spotlight presentation
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) 2018

Learning-Theoretic Foundations of Algorithm Configuration for Combinatorial Partitioning Problems (talk)
M. Balcan, V. Nagarajan, E. Vitercik, C. White
Conference on Learning Theory (COLT) 2017

Data Driven Resource Allocation for Distributed Learning
T. Dick, M. Li, V. Pillutla, C. White, M. Balcan, A. Smola
International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS) 2017

Learning Combinatorial Functions from Pairwise Comparisons
M. Balcan, E. Vitercik, C. White
Conference on Learning Theory (COLT) 2016

k-center Clustering under Perturbation Resilience (talk)
M. Balcan, N. Haghtalab, C. White
International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP) 2016

Lower Bounds in the Preprocessing and Query Phases of Routing Algorithms
C. White
European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA) 2015

Small dynamical heights for quadratic polynomials and rational functions
R. Benedetto, R. Chen, T. Hyde, Y. Kovacheva, C. White
Experimental Mathematics, Volume 23, Issue 4, 2014

An Improved Parallel Iterative Algorithm for Stable Matching
C. White, E. Lu
Extended Abstract, SuperComputing 2013