Kriste Krstovski

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University

Data Science Institute

407 S.W. Mudd

500 West 120th Street

New York, NY


I am a postdoctoral research scientist working with David Blei at Columbia University and John Lafferty at Yale University.


I received my PhD in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts Amherst with David Smith. I spent half of my PhD studies as a Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where I was researching efficient latent variable models of text as part of the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) under the supervision of Dr. Michael J. Kurtz.


Prior to starting my Ph.D. studies, I worked as a Staff Scientist in the Speech and Language Processing Department at Raytheon BBN Technologies. My research work at BBN span across various DARPA projects including DARPA's TransTac, MADCAT and BOLT programs. While working full-time at BBN, I attended two semesters at MIT as a special graduate student.


I finished my B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire while being a member of the Consolidated Advanced Technologies for Law Enforcement Laboratory (CATLab) under the supervision of Andrew L. Kun and W. Thomas Miller III. As a member of the CATLab team, I was a key contributor in the development of the revolutionary Project54 system - a completely integrated voice controlled police cruiser.


My research interests span across the following areas: 

  • Probabilistic modeling
  • Bayesian latent variable models of text
  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Translation: modeling comparable corpora
  • Natural Language Processing

© Kriste Krstovski, 2017