Prospective Students

The Center for Machine Learning at Indiana University brings together over 10 faculty working in areas including theory, reinforcement learning, statistical learning, speech and audio processing, robotics, planning and control, medical image processing, graphical models, computational neuroscience, computer vision, case-based reasoning, and deep learning. 

Together we have at least 10 PhD positions available for Fall 2022 admission. Topics include:

  • Algorithms for ML: scalable (e.g., parallel, distributed round/communication-efficient) algorithms for reinforcement learning, online learning, clustering.
  • Probabilistic ML: graphical models, efficient inference algorithms, applications, and computational/statistical learning theory.
  • AI: probabilistic planning, unsupervised learning, memory augmentation, reinforcement learning, and the connections between planning and probabilistic inference.
  • Robotics: planning, decision-making, and learning methods for autonomous robotic systems, and coordination approaches for distributed multi-robot or swarm systems.
  • Computer Vision: object and action recognition, 3D reconstruction, egocentric computer vision, deep learning, and graphical model inference.
  • ML and DL for speech/music/audio processing: speech enhancement, source separation, privacy and security for speech/audio applications, speech/audio coding, music information retrieval and music signal processing

For all areas ideal candidates should have demonstrable strong math and theory skills and/or excellent programming and system building skills. Background in the relevant areas listed above is of course desirable.

Applicants should have received a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, statistics, or related fields. 

The Center brings together faculty from different departments across the university, including Computer Science, Intelligent Systems Engineering, and Statistics. Each faculty has a home department (listed on the website above) but can advise students in other departments. Please mention the faculty with whom you would like to work in your Statement of Purpose. You may apply to multiple programs. For best consideration, please submit applications by these dates:

  • Computer Science: Priority deadline: December 1, 2021, Second round: January 1, 2022
  • Intelligent Systems Engineering: Priority deadline: December 1, 2021, Second round: January 1, 2022
  • Statistical Science: Priority deadline: January 15, 2022

For detailed information about the programs and application process, please visit:

Email inquiries: 

  • For information about the admission process or requirements, please write
  • For information about the Center for Machine Learning, please contact
  • For information about specific positions or projects, please write the faculty member directly.

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