Computer Science, Machine Learning, Language Technologies, Computational Biology | School of Computer Science | Carnegie Mellon

Welcome to the webpage of the Laboratory of Statistical Artificial InteLligence and INtegrative Genomics, at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh, PA. SAILING is a research laboratory created in 2004, headed by Professor Eric Xing. We work on:

Graphical models, Bayesian approaches, inference algorithms, and learning theories for analyzing and mining high-dimensional, longitudinal, and relational data

Computational and comparative genomic analysis of biological sequences, systems biological investigation of gene regulation, and statistical analysis of genetic variation, demography and linkage (to diseases)

Application of statistical learning in text/image mining, vision, and machine translation


  • July 2013: Congratulations to Jun Zhu for becoming one of AI's 10 to watch!
  • Nov 2012: Congratulations to Andre Martins for receiving a honorable mention in the SCS Dissertation Award!
  • July 2012 : Congratulations to Amr Ahmed for winning the 2012 ACM SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award!
  • July 2012 : Congratulations to Andre Martins for winning the IBM Scientific Award for his PhD!
  • July 2012 : Congratulations to Anuj Goyal for graduating with a Masters from our group! Anuj has gone on to LinkedIn.
  • April 2012 : Congratulations to Eric Xing for winning an IBM Open Collaboration Research Award!
  • Dec 2011 : Congratulations to Kyung-ah Sohn who has finished her PhD in our group, and will be starting as a research professor in Seoul National University, South Korea, in March 2012!
  • Dec 2011 : Congratulations to Ross Curtis for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Ross will be joining the DNA team of
  • July 2011 : Ankur Parikh, Wei Wu, Ross Curtis and Eric Xing were awarded the best paper in Translational Bioinformatics at ISMB 2011. Award announcement, Paper link. Congratulations!
  • July 2011 : Jacob Eisenstein will complete his post-doc with our group, and start as an assistant professor at Georgia Tech's School of Interactive Computing in Jan 2012. Congratulations Jacob!
  • July 2011 : Eric Xing and Fei Fei Li were awarded an NSF grant for their project titled "Using Large-Scale Image Data for Online Social Media Analysis".
  • June 2011 : Jun Zhu has completed his post-doc with our group, and is starting as an associate professor at Tsinghua University, China. Congratulations Jun!
  • May 2011 : Le Song has completed his post-doc with our group, and is starting as an assistant professor at Georgia Tech. Congratulations Le!
  • April 2011 : Ankur Parikh was awarded the NSF Graduate Fellowship 2011 for 3 years, Jing Xiang has received the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate PGS(D) award for 2 years, and Kriti Puniyani has been awarded the The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations to all 3 of them!
  • March 2011 : Hetunandan Kamichetty successfully defended his thesis on "Structured Probabilistic Models of Proteins across Spatial and Fitness Landscapes".
  • 2011 : Amr Ahmed successfully defended his thesis on "Modeling Content and Users: Structured Probabilistic Representation and Scalable Online inference Algorithms".
  • January 2011 : Seyoung Kim has completed her post-doc in our group, and is now an assistant professor in the Lane Center for Computational Biology at CMU.
  • January 2011 : Work done by Jacob Eisenstein and Eric Xing with Noah Smith and Brendan O'Connor on finding geographical lexical variation is on the news. Press coverage in the Associated Press, New Scientist, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Ars Technica, LA Weekly, and MSNBC.


Mailing address : Principal investigator : Administrative assistant :
SAILING Laboratory,
c/o Eric P. Xing,
Associate Professor,
Machine Learning Dept,
Carnegie Mellon University,
5000, Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Eric P. Xing
Office : Gates Hillman Center
Phone : +1 - (412) 268 2559
Fax : +1 - (412) 268 3431
email : epxing at
Michelle Martin
Office : Wean Hall 4619
Phone : +1 - (412) 268 5527
Fax : +1 - (412) 268 3431
email : michelle324 at

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