Srivamshi Pittala

I am a 5th year PhD candidate in Computer Science at Dartmouth College. My current research with Prof. Chris Bailey-Kellogg lies at the intersection of machine learning and immunology. Particularly, I am interested in building data-driven computational models that aid in understanding how our bodies respond to pathogens (like flu, HIV etc.), which in turn can help in designing vaccines and therapeutics.

Before joining the PhD program, I was part of the Visual Learning Group at Dartmouth, where I completed my MS in Computer Science under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Torresani. Prior to starting my graduate studies, I obtained my bachelor's degree in Information Technology from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Gwalior, India.

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  • “Route of Immunization Defines Multiple Mechanisms of Vaccine-mediated Protection Against SIV ”.
    M. Ackerman, S. Pittala#, J. Das#, T. Broge, ..., C. Bailey-Kellogg, M. Roederer, G. Alter. (# indicates equal contribution)
    Nature Medicine, 2018
  • “Mixture of Antibody Experts for Predicting Antibody-Antigen Binding Affinity from Antigen Sequence”.
    S. Pittala, C. Bailey-Kellogg.
    NIPS Workshop on Machine Learning in Computational Biology, 2017.
  • “Pentavalent HIV-1 Vaccine Protects against Simian-Human Immunodeficiency Virus Challenge”.
    T. Bradley, J. Pollara, S. Santra, N. Vandergrift, S. Pittala, C. Bailey-Kellogg, ...,B.F. Haynes.
    Nature Communications, 2017
  • “A 3D Stability Analysis of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Backyard Photo”.
    S. Pittala, E. Whiting, and H. Farid.
    Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, 2015.
  • “Feature Learning with Spatial Sum-Product Networks for Large-Scale Image Classification”.
    S. Pittala, L. Torresani.
    Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report, 2014.


I am from Hyderabad, a city in the southern part of India. I spent 16 wonderful years there before traveling up north to Gwalior for college. Currently, in Hanover, I am sampling the New England experience. When I am not coding up scripts for research, I try to spend time not staring at flat screens by...
  • Cooking, particularly the Indian cuisine.
  • Clicking pictures, you can check out a sample on flickr.
  • Hiking in the White Mountains.
  • Reading comics and playing board games.