Alex Beutel

Alex Beutel

Senior Staff Research Scientist at Google

About Me

I am a senior staff research scientist and tech lead/manager at Google Research, based in New York City, driving research spanning recommender systems, fairness, robustness, reinforcement learning, and machine learning for databases. I lead work from basic research to product impact, with >50 launches across multiple products.

I previously got my Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Christos Faloutsos and Alex Smola. My thesis research focused on large-scale user behavior modeling, covering fraud detection, recommender systems, and scalable machine learning. Over the course of graduate school, I interned with Facebook's Site Integrity team and News Feed Ranking teams, Microsoft's Cloud and Information Service Lab, and Google Research.

Before graduate school, I majored in computer science and physics at Duke University. While there, I worked with Pankaj Agarwal and Thomas Mølhave on computational geometry for terrain modeling.

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Select Publications (Complete List, DBLP, Google Scholar)

Recommendation Systems


Fraud Detection

Machine Learning Systems