Nishant Mehta
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
University of Victoria
office: ECS 608
n<lastname>@uvic.ca
In Spring 2018, I will be teaching Machine Learning Theory (CSC 482A/581A)

**Prospective Students**
Bio
I previously was a postdoc at CWI (with Peter Grünwald) and at the Australian National University (with Bob Williamson). I did my PhD in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, where I was advised by Alex Gray.

I work on the theoretical side of machine learning, including statistical learning theory, online learning, and developing theoretical foundations for representation learning.

Papers

also see my Google Scholar profile

A tight excess risk bound via a unified PAC-Bayesian-Rademacher-Shtarkov-MDL complexity
Peter Grünwald and Nishant Mehta
arXiv 1710.07732, 2017

Fast rates with high probability in exp-concave statistical learning
Nishant Mehta
AISTATS 2017

Fast rates with unbounded losses
Peter Grünwald and Nishant Mehta
arXiv 1605.00252, 2016

Fast rates in statistical and online learning
Tim van Erven, Peter Grünwald, Nishant Mehta, Mark Reid, and Robert Williamson
JMLR, 2015 (Special issue in memory of Alexey Chervonenkis)

Generalized mixability via entropic duality
Mark Reid, Rafael Frongillo, Robert Williamson, and Nishant Mehta
COLT, 2015

From stochastic mixability to fast rates
Nishant Mehta and Robert Williamson
NIPS, 2014 (full oral presentation)
slides
long version

Sparsity-based generalization bounds for predictive sparse coding
Nishant Mehta and Alexander Gray
ICML, 2013
long version

MLPACK: A scalable C++ machine learning library
Ryan Curtin, James Cline, N.P. Slagle, William March, Parikshit Ram, Nishant Mehta, and Alexander Gray
JMLR, 2013

Minimax multi-task learning and a generalized loss-compositional paradigm for MTL
Nishant Mehta, Dongryeol Lee, and Alexander Gray
NIPS, 2012
version at NIPS 2012 Workshop on Multi-Trade-offs in Machine Learning

Computer detection approaches for the identification of phasic electromyographic (EMG) activity during human sleep
Jacqueline Fairley, George Georgoulas, Nishant Mehta, Alexander Gray, and Donald Bliwise
Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, 2012

Discriminative sparse coding for classification and regression
Nishant Mehta and Alexander Gray
The Learning Workshop (Snowbird), 2011 (oral presentation)

Generative and latent mean map kernels
Nishant Mehta and Alexander Gray
arXiv 1005.0188, 2010

Recognizing sign language from brain imaging
Nishant Mehta, Thad Starner, Melody Moore Jackson, Karolyn Babalola, and George Andrew James
International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), 2010
GVU Technical Report GIT-GVU-09-06, 2009

Optimal control strategies for an SSVEP-based brain-computer interface
Nishant Mehta, Sadhir Hussain, and Melody Moore Jackson
International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 2010

FuncICA for time series pattern discovery
Nishant Mehta and Alexander Gray
SIAM Data Mining, 2009 (nominated for best paper award; selected for oral presentation)
slides

Estimating neural signal dependence using kernels
Nishant Mehta, Alexander Gray, Thad Starner, and Melody Moore Jackson
NIPS 2008 Workshop on Statistical Analysis and Modeling of Response Dependencies in Neural Populations

Teaching
Algorithms and Data Structures (CSC 226), Fall 2017. course webpage
Information-Theoretic Learning (Leiden University, Spring 2016). Together with Peter Grünwald.
Miscellanea
Software
MLPACK