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Vashist Avadhanula

Research Scientist

I am a research scientist on the Core Data Science team. I have recently graduated from Columbia University with a PhD in decision, risk and operations. I worked on online algorithms for learning choice models. As part of my thesis work, I have also collaborated with Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce firm in improving their product recommendations. I am broadly interested in developing tractable approaches for decision making under uncertainty. I am particularly excited about applying these ideas to improve business products at Facebook.

Interests

Machine learning, optimization, multi-armed bandits and fairness in machine learning

Latest Publications

Thompson Sampling for Contextual Bandit Problems with Auxiliary Safety Constraints

Sam Daulton, Shaun Singh, Vashist Avadhanula, Drew Dimmery, Eytan Bakshy

Workshop on Safety and Robustness in Decision Making at NeurIPS - December 2, 2019