Theja Tulabandhula

Researcher in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning


I work on developing new machine learning and optimization methods in applications that interface with people, such as retail, transportation and healthcare. My current and prior work experiences include the University of Illinois at Chicago, Xerox Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Citadel Investments, Apple, State Street Global Advisors, and Texas Instruments. Some of my past research includes:

  • supervised learning in the presence of operational information
  • solving transportation problems such as scheduling and enabling fair ride-shares
  • optimizing recommendations assuming certain user behavior models
  • product pricing and learning in economic settings
  • designing online and reinforcement learning methods

Note: Students interested in working with me, do consider applying for the following PhD program


  • Machine Learning Methods
  • Optimization and Reinforcement Learning
  • Modeling Human Behavior


  • PhD in Machine Learning, 2014

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Dual Degree in Electrical Engineering, 2009

    Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur


  • theja@uic.edu
  • 601 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL, 60607, United States
  • UH2404
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 1:00 to 3:00