Anima Anandkumar is a principal scientist at Amazon Web Services. Anandkumar is currently on leave from UC Irvine, where she is an associate professor. Her research interests are in the areas of large-scale machine learning, nonconvex optimization and high-dimensional statistics. In particular, she has been spearheading the development and analysis of tensor algorithms.
Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research New England. Anandkumar is the recipient of several awards, including the Alfred. P. Sloan fellowship, the Microsoft faculty fellowship, the Google research award, the ARO and AFOSR Young Investigator awards, the NSF CAREER Award, the Early Career Excellence in Research Award at UCI, the Best Thesis Award from the ACM SIGMETRICS society, the IBM Fran Allen Ph.D. fellowship and several best paper awards. She has been featured in a number of forums, such as the Quora ML session, Huffington Post, Forbes and O’Reilly Media. Anima holds a B.Tech. in electrical engineering from IIT Madras and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.