Mark Rowland | PhD Student | Cambridge University

About Me

I'm a PhD student at Clare College, Cambridge University, co-supervised by Rich Turner at the Machine Learning Group and John Aston at Statslab. My research is broadly into machine learning and computational statistics. Before starting my PhD, I studied for a BA and MMath at Cambridge. I focused mainly on Probability and Algebra courses in the final year, and wrote my Part III essay "Mixing Times of Random Transpositions" under the supervision of Nathanaël Berestycki. I worked as an actuarial consultant before starting my PhD, and recently interned as a Quantitative Researcher at G-Research, and as a Research Scientist at DeepMind.


I'm broadly interested in machine learning, probability and statistics, and interactions with areas of pure maths such as group theory and optimal transport theory. My particular research focuses at the moment are in optimisation problems for discrete graphical models, and Monte Carlo methods on structured spaces such as transformation groups.


Tightness of LP Relaxations for Almost Balanced Models
Adrian Weller, Mark Rowland, David Sontag
[paper] [supplementary material]
Also presented at the International Conference on Principles and Practices of Constraint Programming (CP 2016)

Black-box Alpha Divergence Minimization
ICML 2016
Yingzhen Li, José-Miguel Hernández Lobato, Mark Rowland, Daniel Hernández Lobato,Thang Bui, Richard Turner

Conditions Beyond Treewidth for Tightness of Higher-Order LP Relaxations
Mark Rowland, Aldo Pacchiano, Adrian Weller
[paper] [supplementary material] [poster]
Also to be presented at the International Conference on Principles and Practices of Constraint Programming (CP 2017)

Magnetic Hamiltonian Monte Carlo
ICML 2017
Nilesh Tripuraneni, Mark Rowland, Zoubin Ghahramani, Richard Turner
[paper] [supplementary material]

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Structured Random Orthogonal Embeddings
To appear at NIPS 2017
Krzysztof Choromanski*, Mark Rowland*, Adrian Weller [*equal contribution]

Uprooting and Rerooting Higher-Order Graphical Models
To appear at NIPS 2017
Mark Rowland*, Adrian Weller* [*equal contribution]


I've given supervisions in Part IA Groups, Part IA Probability, Part IB Linear Algebra, and Part IB Statistics in previous years. I gave examples classes for Part III Bayesian Modelling and Computation in Lent 2017, and run MATLAB introduction sessions for Maths Tripos students.

Selected Recent Talks

MAP Inference in Undirected Graphical Models - MLG Research Talk, November 2016

Tightness of LP Relaxations for Almost Balanced Models - International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP), Toulouse, September 2016

Coupling from the Past - Machine Learning Group Tea Talk, March 2016

Stochastic Approximation Theory (with Yingzhen Li) - Machine Learning Reading Group, November 2015


Feel free to get in touch via mr504 [ at ] cam [ dot ] ac [ dot ] uk.

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