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Department of Computer Science

Michael Hughes

Assistant Professor
Ann W. Lambertus and Peter Lambertus Term Assistant Professor

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Michael Hughes

Assistant Professor
Ann W. Lambertus and Peter Lambertus Term Assistant Professor

Phone 617-627-2225
Halligan Hall, Room 210
161 College Ave, Medford, MA
machine learning, probabilistic models, optimization, clinical informatics

Michael C. (Mike) Hughes works on statistical machine learning. He develops methods that find useful structure in large, messy datasets and help people make decisions in the face of uncertainty. His research interests include Bayesian hierarchical models, optimization algorithms for approximate inference, model fairness and interpretability, and applications in medicine and the sciences. Active projects include helping clinicians understand and treat diseases like depression and infertility by training probabilistic models to make personalized drug recommendations for new patients based on the thousands of electronic health records observed from previous patients. Hughes completed a Ph.D. in computer science at Brown University in 2016 and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His research papers and open-source code are available at

Ph.D., Computer Science, Brown University, 2016
M.S., Computer Science, Brown University
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College of Engineering, 2010
Professional Experience: 

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University


Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2011: Graduate Research Fellowship Award, National Science Foundation
Selected Professional Activities: 
2017: Workshop Organizer, Machine Learning for Health (ML4H) Workshop, NIPS 2017
2016: Workshop Organizer, Practical Bayesian Nonparametrics Workshop, NIPS 2016
Professional Memberships: 
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
American Medical Informatics Association, Clinical Research Informatics Working Group
Service Memberships: 
2014: Signal Program Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

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