Contact Information

Irina Rish
Research Staff Member: machine learning in neuroscience and biology
T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA

I am a Research Staff Member (RSM) at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. I received MS in Applied Mathematics from Moscow Gubkin Institute, Russia, and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. My primary research interests are in the areas of probabilistic inference, machine learning, and information theory. Particularly, I have done work on approximate inference in graphical models, information-theoretic experiment design and active learning, with applications are in the area of autonomic computing - automated management of complex distributed systems, which includes various diagnosis, prediction and online decision-making problems. My current research is in the area of machine-learning applications to computational biology and neuroscience, with a particular focus on statistical analysis of brain imaging data such as fMRI.

In the past years, I taught several graduate courses at Columbia University as an adjunct professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering: Statistical Pattern Recognition (ELEN E6880) in Spring of 2002 and 2003, and Sparse Signal Modeling (ELEN E6898) in Spring of 2011. In Spring 2007, I also taught a machine-learning class on Learning and Empirical Inference (COMS 6998-4) at the Computer Science Department of Columbia.

In the past year, I co-organized several workshops at various conferences.

Here is my personal webpage.


In the News

Functional MRI studies of schizophrenia:

collaboration with U. of Alberta  IBM News Release (24 June 2015)

Computational Psychiatry – Eliminating the Guesswork of Treating Mental Illness, Moods Magazine, Fall 2015 issue

Mental State Recognition via Wearable EEG:

The Stack (3/2/16) (2/4/16) (2/16/16)