Rosenbaum Receives 2018 IBM PhD Fellowship

Clemens Rosenbaum
Clemens Rosenbaum

International Business Machines (IBM) has awarded College of Information and Computer Sciences PhD Candidate Clemens Rosenbaum a 2018 IBM PhD Fellowship.

The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards Program is a highly competitive international program aimed to support outstanding Ph.D. students. The program selects students whose research interests are in line with the issues IBM works to resolve, along with being innovative in their field of study.

Clemens' doctoral research interests cover a variety of applications of Machine Learning, from developing conversational skills for intelligent assistants to meta-learning for deep neural networks. The common theme of his interests is that they try to cast different problems as being fundamentally interactive, allowing the application of Reinforcement Learning techniques.

In his thesis, he investigates approaches to let different Machine Learning architectures automatically adapt to the data available; in simple cases, this requires adapting the architecture to an entire dataset at once; in more sophisticated cases, it may involve adapting architectures to individual tasks in multi-task settings.

Rosenbaum received his B.Sc. in electrical and electronics engineering from the Technische Universitat Darmstadt in 2011 and a Magister Artium (B.Sc. and M.Sc. equivalent) in Philosophy and Linguistics from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat Frankfurt in 2010. He entered the UMass Amherst MS/ PhD program in computer science in 2013.

Rosenbaum has served as a research intern for IBM in New York over two separate periods between May 2016 and September 2017. Additionally, he worked as a requirements engineer at PRODYNA AG from 2011 till 2013.

On campus, Rosenbaum is a research assistant advised by Professor Sridhar Mahadevan.