Scalable machine learning technology, evolutionary algorithms, and data science frameworks for large-scale knowledge mining, prediction, analytics, and optimization with projects in cyber security, MOOC technology, software analysis, and clinical medicine


Research Themes

Artificial Adversarial Intelligence MOOC Data Analytics




Become an Online Course Facilitator with J-WEL!

Data Science and CoLAB:
The Program in Data Science, run by CoLAB; an alliance of Plan Ceibal, Universidad Tecnologica de Uruguay (UTEC), ant Agencia Nacional de Investigación E Innovación (ANII); aims to train professionals to start an educational transformation in data science and analytics in the Cono Sur, and promote Uruguay as a hub for new start-ups and enterprises in data science throughout Latin America.
The Program includes courses from the MITx MicroMasters in Statistics and Data Science: Probability - the Science of Uncertainty, Data Analysis for Social Scientist, Fundamentals of Statistics, and Machine Learning with Python - from Linear Models to Deep Learning.

Facilitators ad and job description:
The MIT Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) Higher Education is hiring graduate students and postdocs to create and lead weekly online recitations for a group of Latin American students taking the courses "Fundamentals of Statistics (18.650x)," "Machine Learning with Python (6.860x),” and "Probability: the Science of Uncertainty," offered by edX, and that are part of the Program in Data Science Uruguay.
We seek candidates with a weekly availability of 10-15 hours for 16 weeks, knowledge in the course to be facilitated, as well as a deep interest on improving their teaching and leadership skills. Approval from their PI and department administrator is required. The weekly sessions will be delivered via video-conference and the session plans will be co-created with a team from MIT and Uruguay. A total commitment for approximately 16 weeks is necessary. You will receive training in pedagogy, leading and facilitating activities online, and promoting student learning.

A maximum of 10k for a facilitator position involved in the creation of session plans as well as facilitating them. The expected load is between 10-15 hours/week for approximately 16 weeks.

For more information please send your CV and questions to and



Applications: Adversarial dynamics modeling, adversarial examples, adversarial hardening, malware detection and classification, automatic program analysis for vulnerabilities, deception, segmentation and peer to peer network defenses against DDOS, lateral stage and scanning attacks; artificial intelligence; MOOCs on computational thinking and programming, MOOC clickstream and activity data analysis with deep learning; Large scale physiological time series, EEG and other vital signals, leveraging deep learning and similarity-based retrieval.


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Recent News



ALFA welcomes back students for the Spring 2020 semester

We welcome Dirk Schweim, visiting PhD student from the Computer Science Department on Information Systems, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz Germany



ALFA welcomes a new group member, Bryn Reinstadler - PhD Candidate in Machine Learning.





Jitesh Maiyuran, Ayesha Bajwa, Ana Bell, Erik Hemberg, Una-May O'Reilly awarded Best Student Paper Award for How Student Background and Topic Impact the Doer Effect in Computational Thinking MOOCs, presented by Erik Hemberg during the conference IEEE LWMOOCS 2019 Milwaukee, 25th of October, 2019.


Una-May is reconized for oustanding contributions in 2018 peer review by Nature Research journals!

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MIT Horizon live event webinar, Cambridge MA USA


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IBM AI Research Week, AI Horizons Colloquium Poster Social
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ALFA welcomes new M.Eng and SuperUROP students to the group


We welcome Nicolas Lesimple, visiting Master's student, from L’Ecole Polytechnique Federale (EFPL) de Lausanne, Switzerland


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See a the video of Abdullah's talk HERE

We welcome Dr. Şebnem Özdemir, Assistant Professor from Istinye University, Istanbul Turkey


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IBM, Tokyo Japan

We welcome Dhruv Sumathi and Alexander Shushkov, Interns from Weston High School


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SystemsThatLearn@CSAIL, Research Update Report, Cambridge MA USA

We welcome a new Postdoctoral Fellow to the group Dr. Behnaz Bostanipour, from University of Lausanne, Switzerland, sponsored by the Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation.



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Technology Trends in Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
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Canadian Embassy of the USA, Washington DC USA

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AI/ML Cyber Defense Ops, Workshop on Implications of AI and Cybersecurity, R&D and Emerging Areas Panel
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We welcome Sagar Biswas, visiting student from Manipal University, Jaipur India in collaboration with Hong Kong University, Hong Kong HK




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