Kelvin Guu Senior Staff Research Scientist, Manager at Google DeepMind


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Hi, I’m a senior staff research scientist & manager at Google DeepMind, where my team and I develop new methods for machine learning and language understanding.

Prior to this, 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 machine learning 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: machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, semantic parsing, reinforcement learning, statistics

  • Applications of interest: voice user interfaces, natural language interfaces, machine learning in healthcare, recommender systems


Media coverage of my team’s recent work on Bard (double-check Bard’s responses with the “Google it” button):

Some semi-recent appearances:



2018 - Present Senior Staff Research Scientist, Manager at Google
  Developing new methods for machine learning and natural language processing
2018 - 2019 Lecturer at Stanford University
  Teaching core topics in artificial intelligence (CS221) to 700+ Stanford students.
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.


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

Selected publications

Sorry, I’m not great at keeping this section updated. For a more comprehensive list of recent work, please check out my Google Scholar profile.

Other projects

Presentations and tutorials


I have had the privilege of working with and learning from great mentors and collaborators, including but not limited to:

Other interests

Finally, I think the following entities are pretty swell: