I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Sciences and (by courtesy) the Department of Statistics, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am also an affiliate of the Data Science Institute at UW-Madison.
My main research interests are in the area of large-scale optimization. I am also interested in applications of optimization methods, particularly within machine learning.
Prior to joining UW-Madison, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley's Foundations of Data Analysis (FODA) TRIPODS Institute, where I primarily worked with Mike Jordan. In Fall 2018, I was a Microsoft Research Fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, associated with the program on Foundations of Data Science. Prior to starting the postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley, I was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Computer Science, Boston University, where I worked with Lorenzo Orecchia. I completed my Ph.D. at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University,
where I was co-advised by Gil Zussman and Cliff Stein.
Some of my publications are under my maiden name -- Marašević.
Prospective students: I am receiving a large volume of email and cannot respond to individual requests. All of the graduate students in the CS program at UW-Madison are admitted by the department, not by individual faculty. Thus, I can only respond to requests from students who are already admitted to UW-Madison.
I have received (jointly with Shivaram Venkataraman) an Award for Mentoring Undergraduates In Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities for the creation and impact of the WISCERS program.
I was awarded a Mathematical Programming Meritorious Service Award for "exceptional contributions to the journal" as a referee.
I have co-organized (with Albert Berahas, Jarad Forristal, Brandon Reese, Martin Takac, and Yan Xu) the workshop "Order up! The Benefits of Higher-Order Optimization in Machine Learning" at NeurIPS 2022.
WISCERS program run by Shivaram Venkataraman and myself has received an exploreCSR award from Google for the third (and final) year in a row.
Shivaram Venkataraman and I have received an exploreCSR award from Google to organize a research-focused mentorship program for undergrad students, with the goal of increasing research participation among students from historically underrepresented groups in computing. Check out the website of our WISCERS program, Google Research announcement and the press release from our CS department.
I am co-organizing (with Philippe Rigollet and Santosh Vempala) the Workshop on Sampling Algorithms and Geometries on Probability Distributions at the Simons Institute, as part of the Geometric Methods in Optimization and Sampling Fall 2021 program.
I am serving on the program committee of ICLR 2021.
I am serving on the program committees of ICML 2020 and ICALP 2020.
I am co-organizing the Workshop on Optimization at the Fields Institute in Toronto, as part of the Focus Program on Data Science and Optimization.
I am organizing a session on the Continuous-Time Perspective in Optimization at this year's INFORMS annual meeting.
Check out the Columbia EE article about the six alumni (including myself) joining top universities in the US and China.
I was named a Microsoft Research Fellow for the upcoming program on Foundations of Data Science at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing.
I will join the Department of Computer Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor in January 2020.
Two papers accepted to ICML'18!
I will serve on the technical program committee of International Conference on NETwork Games, COntrol and OPtimisation (NETGCOOP'18).
I will be joining the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing as a Research Fellow, for the program on Foundations of Data Science. I will also join UC Berkeley's Foundations of Data Analysis (FODA) institute as a postdoc.
I will serve on the program committee of ICNP'18.
I will serve on Thomas Stahlbuhk's PhD thesis committee at MIT as a reader.
An article about the Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence is featured on the Columbia Engineering website.
I will be visiting Simons Institute in the Fall for the semester on Bridging Continuous and Discrete Optimization.
I was awarded a Collaborative Research Award by the EE department at Columbia University!
I was invited and will be attending Schloss Dagstuhl seminar on scheduling next March!
Very excited and deeply honored to be awarded Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence at Columbia Engineering. This award gives me such a great motivation to keep pushing for the academic values I believe in and that are part of Dean Friedman's legacy. See below for the description of the award, copied from the letter I received from Dean Boyce.
I was selected to attend the Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering (LATTICE) Symposium.
Our demo presented at the 2016 NYC Media Lab's Annual Summit received the Honorable Mention Award (selected among 13 awarded demos from about 140 presented demos).
I presented our work on full-fuplex at ACM HotWireless workshop. I also attended (by invitation) SIGMOBILE visioning workshop, where I had the chance to discuss with top researchers in the wireless networking field the grand challenges for the SIGMOBILE research community -- i.e., we were indentifying the problems that the community should work on in the next ~10 years.
I started my postdoc at BU.
I was listed as one of the 10 Women in Networking/Communications That You Should Watch!
We will have an invited paper at ACM HotWireless'16!
I successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis!
Our paper titled “A Fast Distributed Stateless Algorithm for α-Fair Packing Problems” just got accepted to ICALP.
I presented our work on distributed and stateless α-fair packing at an RSRG seminar at Caltech.
Our paper titled “On the Capacity Regions of Single-Channel and Multi-Channel Full-Duplex Links” just got accepted to MobiHoc'16 (18.7% acceptance rate).
I presented our work on full-duplex at Bell-Labs.
My profile is now live on the MIT EECS Rising Stars webpage.
Jin Zhou and I presented our work on full-duplex at the PA Symposium.
I have been selected as a participant to attend the 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum. So excited to meet other young researchers and Abel, Fields, and Turing laureates!
The story about our winning of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Award is live on the Columbia Engineering webpage.
Jin Zhou and I won the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2015 award!
Our paper titled “Resource Allocation and Rate Gains in Practical Full-Duplex Systems” has been accepted to ACM SIGMETRICS'15 (acceptance rate 13.4%).
My joint project proposal with Jin Zhou from CoSMIC lab, Columbia University, has been selected as one of the finalists for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2015 award.
I have been selected for an N^2 Women Fellowship award to organize an N^2 Women event at ACM MobiHoc 2014.
Our paper titled "Max-min Fair Rate Allocation and Routing in Energy Harvesting Networks: Algorithmic Analysis" was accepted to ACM MobiHoc 2014 (18.9% acceptance rate)!
I was invited to present our work on teaching cellular networking with WiMAX hands-on labs at the 19th GENI Engineering Conference (GEC19) held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 17-19.
I have been invited to attend a dinner and networking reception for the Engineering Consortium Career Fair as a student leader and representative of GradSWE!
I was awarded the Millman Award for Outstanding TA and the MS Award of Excellence from the EE department of Columbia University!
I was accepted into a summer school on green communications and networking, GreenComNet, being held in Boston May 28-31. I was also awarded full financial support to attend it!
Our paper on teaching with WiMAX won the Best Educational Paper Award at GREE2013.
My paper titled "WiMAX in the Classroom: Designing a Cellular Networking Hands-on Lab" has been accepted to The Second GENI Research and Educational Experiment Workshop (GREE2013), co-located with GEC16.
I was awarded a travel grant to attend The 16th GENI Engineering Conference (GEC16) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I was awarded "Dr Milos Babic" Scholarship by the City of Kraljevo!
I was appointed the Corporate Chair position in the GradSWE executive board for 2013!
As of October 17, 2012, I hold an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.
I will be attending CIAN Retreat
October 21-23 in Manhattan Beach, CA.
I won Yahoo! Yodel Your Thoughts Scholarship Award!