Kelvin Guu Google AI Research Scientist

About me

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I’m a senior research scientist at Google AI, where I develop new methods for machine learning and language understanding.

I completed my Ph.D. at Stanford, advised by Percy Liang in the Stanford Natural Language Processing Group. I completed my undergraduate degree in mathematics at Duke University, where I was advised by David Dunson and Alex Hartemink.

Long-term, I hope to make artificial intelligence so cheap and easy that everyone can use it for their benefit, not just organizations with big datasets or deep pockets. I’m also excited about improving collective intelligence — making society smarter than the sum of its parts.

  • Areas of interest: artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, semantic parsing, reinforcement learning, statistics

  • Applications of interest: voice user interfaces, natural language interfaces, AI-human hybrid systems, AI in healthcare, recommender systems



2012 - 2018 Ph.D. in Statistics at Stanford University
  Advisor: Percy Liang. Ph.D. Committee: Percy Liang, Wing Hung Wong, Chris Manning, and Lester Mackey.

- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2012-2015)
- Stanford Math+X Fellowship (2012-2013)
- Greylock X Fellow (2017)
2007 - 2011 B.S. in Mathematics at Duke University
  Minor in Biology

Work experience

2018 - Present Sr. Research Scientist at Google AI
  Developing new methods for machine learning and natural language processing
Summer 2015 Ph.D. Software Engineering Intern at Google
  Worked with Jakob Uszkoreit on applied natural language processing projects.
Winter 2014/15 Research Consultant at MetaMind
  Deep learning startup acquired by Salesforce in 2016. Worked with Founder & CEO/CTO Richard Socher.
2011 - 2012 Researcher in Bayesian Statistics at Duke University
  Research with Professors David B. Dunson and Alex Hartemink.
Summer 2010 Software Engineering and Product Management Intern at Redwood Systems
  Cleantech lighting automation startup founded by ex-Cisco executives and acquired in 2013 by CommScope.



I have had the privilege of working with and learning from great mentors and collaborators, including:

I’ve learned a great deal from mentoring students, including:

  • Dan Iter, currently CS PhD student at Stanford
  • Evan Z. Liu, undergraduate and master’s student in Computer Science at Stanford, currently CS PhD student at Stanford
  • Dorottya Demszky, undergraduate in linguistics at Princeton, currently Linguistics PhD student at Stanford
  • Justin Fu, MS in Computer Science at Stanford, currently EECS PhD student at UC Berkeley
  • John Miller, undergraduate in Computer Science at Stanford, currently EECS PhD student at UC Berkeley

Finally, I think the following entities are pretty swell:


  • Email: kelvin 🐌 (apologies, my old email has been bouncing lately, so this is the best way to reach me at the moment)
  • Github: @kelvinguu
  • LinkedIn: kelvinguu
  • Twitter: @kelvin_guu (that’s @kelvin_guu with an underscore; recently changed from @ke1vin)
  • Google Scholar: Kelvin Guu
  1. A point of clarification about my name. In the past, I’ve published under the name “Kelvin Gu”, but I now go by Kelvin Guu with two “u”s. Sorry for the confusion!  2