I am a first year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Columbia University. I study computational learning theory under the supervision of Professor Rocco Servedio and Professor Daniel Hsu. I recently graduated from Brown University in May 2018 with an joint Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. In my "gap year" between Brown and Columbia, I lived in San Francisco as an Associate Data Scientist at LinkedIn and a Software Engineering Intern at Lumi Labs.
My goal in research is to make machine learning a more trustworthy and equitable tool built on rigorous mathematical foundations. To do so, I am interested in studying the problems of generalization (how well a learning algorithm adapts to new data), fairness (how an algorithm treats sub-populations relative to others), and interpretability (how algorithms justify their predictions to human observers). I'm also interested in any topics on the overlap between dynamical systems and machine learning. (I briefly dabbled with dynamical systems research with Professor Bjorn Sandstede at Brown.)
I currently coordinate the CS Theory Student Seminar at Columbia.
C. Sanford. “Applying Rademacher-Like Bounds to Combinatorial Samples and Function Selection.” Honors Thesis, Brown Department of Computer Science, 2018.
K. Cygan*, C. Sanford*, W. Fairbrother. “Spliceman2 - A Computational Web Server That Predicts Sequence Variations in Pre-mRNA Splicing.” Bioinformatics 33 (18), 2017.
J. Gross*, C.Sanford*, G. Kocks*. “Projected Water Needs and Intervention Strategies in India.” Undergraduate Mathematics and its Applications 37 (2), 2016.
Software Engineering Intern
April 2019 - August 2019
Associate Data Scientist
August 2018 - April 2019
Data Analytics Intern
June 2017 - August 2017
Ph.D. Student in Computer Science
August 2019 -
Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics-Computer Science
September 2014 - May 2018
GPA: 3.90 (out of 4.00)
Algorithms, Advanced Algorithms Seminar, Machine Learning, Probabilistic Methods in CS, Information Theory, Prescriptive Analytics, Models of Computation, Abstract Algebra, Cryptography, Real Analysis
CSCI 1570: Design and Analysis of Algorithms