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Tristan Naumann


Affiliate Researcher/Scientist

The coolest things I've done in my career are:

  • Built models that demonstrate the use of clinical notes to predict important outcomes like psychiatric readmission, hospital mortality, and intensive care interventions.

  • Served as General Chair of the NIPS 2018 Machine Learning for Healthcare (ML4H) workshop, following work as Program Chair in the NIPS 2017 ML4H workshop, which was standing-room-only at 600+ attendees -- one of the most heavily attended workshops in NIPS! 

  • Escapted from Alcatraz (  

If I could have a super power it would be:

Time Travel for exploring the alternate realities of life (a la git) 

I'm a "closet" fan of:

Heirloom Tomatoes

The nerdiest thing I do in my spare time is:

Make overly elaborate plans

Three things still on my bucket list are:

1. Visit Easter Island

2. Learn another language

3. See a life saved by ML 

My past experience includes:

I am a Researcher at Microsoft Research's Healthcare NExT working on problems related to clinical natural language processing and machine reading. My research focuses on exploring relationships in complex, unstructured healthcare data using natural language processing and unsupervised learning techniques. Previously, I completed a PhD in the Clinical Decision Making group at MIT CSAIL with Prof. Peter Szolovits, where the research focused on leveraging text representations for clinical predictive tasks, combining structured and unstructured healthcare data. My work has appeared in KDD, AAAI, AMIA, JMIR, Science Translational Medicine, and Nature Translational Psychiatry.


While at MIT, I was an Instructor for HST.953 (Collaborative Data Science for Medicine) and co-authored its textbook, "Secondary Analysis of Electronic Health Records." I served as the General Chair for the NIPS 2018 Machine Learning for Health (ML4H) workshop, and co-organized the NIPS 2017 ML4H workshop, the COLING 2016 Clinical NLP workshop, and several "datathon" events, which bring together participants to address problems of clinical interest. I also served as a mentor for the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP), and has spent time as a Software Engineering Intern at Intel Corporation. Prior to MIT, I was a Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation, an Associate Product Manager Intern at Google, and received B.S. and M.S degrees in computer science from Columbia University. While at Columbia University, I was a MS-TA fellow and recipient of the Andrew P. Kosoresow Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance in TA-ing and Service.

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