Research Focus: Machine Learning meets Networked Systems

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Wireless networks: SIGCOMM ’15, CCR '21,JSYS '22
Light-weight web: TWeb '22, WWW '22, ICTD '22

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Global Health: JAMA '20, SCIADV '16
Explainable DL Models: JAMIA '21, FRONTIER '21
Bioinformatics: ICML WCB '18, Briefings in Bio '19

Welcome to the Open Networks and Big Data Lab, led by Prof. Lakshminarayanan Subramanian.

We are a team of researchers in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, focusing on research at the intersection of machine learning and networked systems.

We are part of the NYU Systems group in the Computer Science Department.


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Shiva Iyer, our recent Ph.D graduate, joins Intel Corporation as AI Research Scientist!

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Ananth Balashankar, our recent Ph.D graduate, joins Responsible AI team at Google as Research Scientist!

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Varun Chandrasekaran, our former masters' student, joins University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor!

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Muhhamad Khan joins University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, as an Assistant Professor!


  • [Mar 22, 2023] Ananth and Sam's work on Predicting food crises using news streams gets accepted in Science Advances. Congratuations to both! Read more here!
  • [Aug 31, 2022] Ramakrishnan Krishnamurthy joins our group as a Ph.D student, after completing his Master's in Computer Science by research from IISc, India. Welcome Rama!
  • [Jun 9, 2022] The group's work on air pollution modeling with low-cost sensors in Delhi gets accepted pending revisions at NPJ Climate and Atmospheric Sciences. Congratulations to all the authors!
  • [May 23, 2022] Shiva Iyer joins Intel Corporation as AI Research Scientist. Congratulations Shiva!
  • [May 23, 2022] Ananth Balashankar joins Google AI as Research Scientist. Congratulations Ananth!
  • [May 4, 2022] Ananth successfully defends his doctoral dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Balashankar!
  • [Feb 1, 2022] Shiva Iyer joins Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley as Guest Lecturer and Mentor for the Masters program in Development Engineering. Congratulations Shiva!
  • [Dec 22, 2021] Shiva successfully defends his doctoral dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Iyer!
  • [Dec 3, 2021] The group's work on High Precision Mammography Indentification gets published in Frontiers Big Data in Medicine. Congratulations to all authors!
  • [Nov 10, 2021] Ananth's paper on Pareto Fairness in ML models is accepted at iConference '22. Congratulations Ananth!
  • [Oct 24, 2021] Ananth Balashankar and Shiva R. Iyer present their papers at INFORMS 2021 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. Congratulations both!
  • [Sep 1 , 2021] Masters students Sriram and Sudharsana join our research group. Welcome, Sriram and Sudharsana!
  • [Aug 16, 2021] Ankit Bhardwaj joins our group as the latest Ph.D student, from Wadhwani AI in India, focusing on ML/AI for social good, particularly healthcare. Welcome Ankit!
  • [Mar 12, 2021] Shiva R. Iyer is nominated as a Harvard CRCS Rising Star in AI for Social Good! Congratulations, Shiva!
  • [Jan 1, 2021] Yan Shvartzshnaider joins York University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Congratulations Yan!
  • [Dec 17, 2019] Shiva R. Iyer wins the Dean's Dissertation Fellowship that is awarded to a select group of Ph.D. students in their final year of dissertation writing. Congratulations Shiva!
  • [Sep 9, 2019] Ananth Balashankar wins the Google Student Research Advisorship Program Fellowship that is awarded to a select group of Ph.D. students. Congratulations Ananth!
  • [Sep 5, 2019] Talal Ahmad successfully defends his doctoral dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Ahmad!
  • [Aug 26, 2019] Kate Boxer (former masters student in the group) joins the department as a Ph.D. student under Prof. Daniel B. Neill. Welcome back Kate!
  • [Aug 10, 2019] Shiva R. Iyer wins the Nokia Bell Labs Innovation Project Award for his work as a summer intern at Nokia Bell Labs. Congratulations, Shiva!
  • [Jun 16, 2019] Ananth's paper at the ICML 2019 Workshop on AI for Social Good wins the best paper award!
  • [Apr 24, 2019] Recent article on Medium on GAIUS Networks Inc, a startup from our group, focused on hyperlocal communities in emerging markets.
  • [Apr 22, 2019] Ananth Balashankar and Shiva R. Iyer win the Harold Grad Memorial Prize and the Henning-Biermann Prize respectively. Congratulations both!
  • [Apr 15, 2019] Ulzee An accepts offer to join the Ph.D. program at UCLA. Congratulations Ulzee!
  • [Mar 27, 2019] Ulzee An wins the Master's Innovation Prize. Congratulations Ulzee!
  • [Feb 21, 2019] Ashwin Venkataraman accepts position as Assistant Professor at Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas, Dallas. Congratulations and all the best, Ashwin!
  • [Jan 1, 2019] Entrupy, a startup launched by Ashlesh Sharma, a former PhD student in the group, wins several important awards -- 2018 AI Breakthrough Award, 2018 Edison Award and AI Application / Product of the Year award by Awards.AI