Learn about Dr. Alric Althoff

One Big Idea

My research publications are all in some way about changing assumptions and the good things that can happen when we do.

What do I assume that I haven’t tested? How do I benefit? Is it worth it?

Since you are here, think about that a little bit today.

Here is some evidence that
I was at MoPop in Seattle

Evidence is important

In statistics and machine learning, mathematical optimization, and high-performance algorithm design we (humanity) have gained a lot by leveraging strong assumptions about the problems we are working on. So great have been these gains that many assumptions are now baked into our everyday approaches. Often, we don’t stop to check and see if these assumptions are born out in evidence.


(10/26/2019) I was interviewed about whether AI will take away jobs from humans (spoiler alert: yep). My message: be flexible and remember that many AI trends are driven by demand. We all have responsibility for modulating our desires and taking a long term view (link).

(05/02/2019) I was interviewed for Leidos Q&AI Blog Series about some of my work using machine learning and artificial intelligence to design computer systems faster (link).

About My Education

I have been educated several times, and eagerly anticipate several more.

My PhD dissertation, Statistical Metrics of Hardware Security, is about better ways to tell whether computer chips are doing things correctly and privately.

My PhD in Computer Science was advised by Ryan Kastner at UC San Diego. I did science on computers. First I made guesses, then took measurements, checked those measurements with new statistics and tools that I invented, and published and presented the results.

My undergraduate majors were in both Cognitive Science and Mathematics. I specialized in statistics, machine learning, computer vision, and digital signal processing.

I am grateful to have received financial support during my formal education from UC San Diego, the ARCS Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

I am currently a senior research scientist at Leidos, where I solve problems with national impact to help people live happier lives.

I have previously been employed as a software developer and audio engineer.