My name is Thamme Gowda, aka 'TG'. I am pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. My graduate adviser is Prof. Jonathan May. I am a research programmer (full-time) at USC ISI; I build and deliver state-of-the-art machine translation models.

I am a current organizer of Natural Language Seminar series at USC ISI, which is held weekly on Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00 noon.

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  • Speakers are often invited from other institutions (with travel and accommodation paid by ISI). If you are interested in visiting our research group, please get in touch [mailto: [email protected] or message on Twitter; (just say hi!).

My current research interests:

  • Natural language understanding and generation e.g. machine translation

  • Machine learning with a focus on NLP applications.

  • Dealing with the curses of natural imbalances

    • e.g. consequences of Zipfian distribution on machine learning models and their evaluations.


  • Starting from Sept. 2021, I’ll be organizing NL Seminar!


Professional Career

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I speak Kannada, Telugu, and Hindi ( +English, of course!). I was raised by a family of farmers in a southern Indian village. So beside the "professional" experience that I have displayed in this site, I also have much more experience in agriculture that you will not hear: vineyard, silkworms, dairy, sheep, poultry …​!

I came to this grad school for learning artificial intelligence, but instead ended up learning a bit about myself/consciousness:

While coding an artificial soul for machines
He wins his gifts, defeats his curses
And discovers his own soul that thinks and feels!

— 'Self'-reflection; 2020

Consciousness is divine [Prajnanam Brahman]
This self/spirit/Atma is divine [Ayam Atma Brahman]
You’re that [Tat Vam Asi]
I’m it [Aham Brahmasmi]

— The Great Sayings of the Upanishads; BCE