Praneeth Netrapalli


I am a senior researcher at Microsoft Research India, Bengaluru. I am also an adjunct professor at TIFR, Mumbai and a faculty associate of ICTS, Bengaluru. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, MA. I obtained my MS and PhD in ECE from UT Austin where I was fortunate to be advised by Sujay Sanghavi. Before coming to UT, I worked in the Quantitative Analysis group at Goldman Sachs, Bangalore. I obtained my B-Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay.

Honors and awards:

  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award 2019

  • Associate of Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc) 2019-2022

Research Interests

The main focus of my work is to develop a deeper understanding of machine learning, ranging across optimization, generalization, robustness etc. Given the difficulty and diversity of these questions, I use both theoretical [Paper1 Paper2] and experimental [Paper3] tools to make progress on these questions.

I also work on designing efficient algorithms for various optimization problems that arise in machine learning [Paper4].

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Professional service

On the program committee/area chair: NeurIPS 2019-20, COLT 2019-21, ICLR 2021, ICML 2019, AISTATS 2019.

Selected publications

* indicates alphabetical ordering of author names. Please see here for all publications.


I have been extremely fortunate to work with an amazing set of students.

Interns/Visitors (in reverse chronological order)

Research fellows (in reverse chronological order)

  • Harshay Shah

  • Abhishek Panigrahi

  • Suhas Jayaram (now PhD student at CMU)

  • Raghav Somani (now PhD student at University of Washington)

  • Chirag Gupta (now PhD student at CMU)

  • Rahul Anand Sharma (now PhD student at CMU)

  • Vivek Gupta (now PhD student at University of Utah)

  • Yeshwanth Cherapanamjeri (now PhD student at UC Berkeley)

Contact details

  • Address: Microsoft Research, # 9, Vigyan 1st floor, Lavelle Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India.

  • E-mail: praneeth [at] microsoft [dot] com