CDS Student Community

Ph.D. Students

Xintian Han: Xintian is currently a PhD student at NYU Center for Data Science, co-advised by Professor Joan Bruna and Professor Carlos Fernandez-Granda. His main research interests are machine learning theory and methods with application in high dimensional and network data analysis. Before joining NYU, Xintian earned his bachelor degree in statistics from Peking University (PKU), where he worked with Professor Jinzhu Jia on high dimensional regression models and confidence intervals. He also explored unrolling optimization algorithms into neural networks with Professor Bin Dong. During the summer of 2016, Xintian visited Professor Karl Rohe at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he developed some theories and methods for network driven sampling.

Phu Mon Htut: Phu is a PhD student at NYU Center for Data Science. She is also a member of the Machine Learning for Language (ML²) group where she is working with two amazing professors, Sam Bowman and Kyunghyun Cho. Phu is broadly interested in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Phu also worked as a research engineer for a couple years in Singapore before joining CDS.

Vladimir Kobzar: Vladimir Kobzar is PhD Candidate at the NYU Center for Data Science, where he is a part of the Math and Data Group. He completed an MS in Mathematics at the Courant Institute under the advisement of Afonso Bandeira, as well as a JD and LLM at the NYU School of Law. A copy of his master’s thesis is available here. His research interests include applications of convex optimization to problems that exhibit an algebraic structure. These include problems in cryo-electron microscopy, robotics, as well as computer and human vision. More broadly, Vladimir is interested in the development of computationally efficient, provably robust and interpretable algorithms for data science and machine learning, and in applying methods of mathematics to analyze, among other things, legal and regulatory ramifications of such algorithms.

Sreyas Mohan: Sreyas a PhD student at the Center for Data Science, NYU working under the joint guidance of Prof. Eero P Simoncelli and Prof. Carlos Fernandez-Granda. He is also a part of Math and Data Group. He graduated in July 2017 with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras where his undergraduate thesis was supervised by Prof. Kaushik Mitra. Sreyas spent the summer of 2017 at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST), Austria working with Prof. Gasper Tkacik on deep learning models for a particular neuroscience application and the summer before that at the Simons Center for Data Analysis, NYC working with Dr. Dmitri Chklovskii in the intersection of unsupervised learning and computational neuroscience.

Leadership Circle

The CDS Leadership Circle is our student representative group that plans events and activities for students and acts as a representative of the Data Science student body. The mission of the group is to help improve the student community at CDS and to develop student leaders. If you have any suggestions for the Leadership Circle or want to get involved, please email

2017-2018 Members
Yiran Xu (President)
Millie Dwyer
Preet Ghandi
Rujun (RJ) Han
Chaitra Hegde
Akash Kadel
Shasha Lin
Ksenia Saenko
Yangfang (Krystal) Wang
Lu Yin
Rong Zhao

2016-2017 Members
Sean Christopher D Rosario (President)
Xianzhi Cao
Matthew Dunn
Katrina Evtimova
Abhishek Kadiyan
Rama Krishna Raju Samantapudi
Lizhen Tan
Maria Zamora Maass

2015-2016 Members
Wenxi Li (President)
Sean Christopher D Rosario
Yuting Gui
Zewei Liu
Lei Lu
Maya Rotmentsch
Lucy Wang
Junchao Zheng

Student Resources

NYU Library
Bobst is NYU’s main library, where you can check out books (departments sometimes place textbooks on Reserve, so students can check them out for at least 2 hours), reserve study rooms, and scan for free in addition to a plethora of other services.  NYU students also have access to other libraries in NYC: see for more information.

Wasserman Center for Career Development
Looking for a job?  Visit Wasserman’s website to browse postings from a variety of companies, RSVP for workshops (such as resume writing and interviewing skills), or attend an on-campus info session.

NYU Student Health Center
If you aren’t feeling well, you can visit the Student Health Center by making a same-day appointment online or via phone, regardless of your insurance.  The SHC also offers primary care and specialty services, depending on your insurance.

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (CIMS)
As part of the Center for Data Science, you can request a CIMS account that will grant you access to on-campus computing labs and a CIMS e-mail address that automatically forwards messages to your NYU Home e-mail account.  Current students can use this site to request a CIMS account:

NYU Bookstores
NYU has 2 physical stores: the Main Bookstore and the Computer Store.  In order to find out which books you’ll need for the upcoming semester, please visit the NYU Bookstore website and click on the red “Bookstore” link, followed by “Search for a Book.”  On the resulting page, you will have the opportunity to input your NYU ID number, which will feed your schedule into system, and display a page with books that your professors have requested the bookstore to carry.  In addition, the site has useful resources, such as “Compare Textbook Prices” and “Textbook Rentals.”

NYU Homepage
The NYU homepage has a “Quicklinks” section, which includes a Campus Map, Student Resources, ITS, etc.  Its home page also displays interesting NYU information and accomplishments.

English Language Resources
For resources on “Communication Skills,” “Grammar and Pronunciation,” and “English Language Training,” please click here:

English Language Resources