Shushan Arakelyan

Shushan Arakelyan

PhD Candidate

University of Southern California


I’m a final year PhD candidate at the University of Southern California. I am part of Intelligence and Knowledge Discovery Lab ( INK lab ), supervised by Prof. Xiang Ren. In the past, I was an intern at Microsoft Research, and Google.

I am currently on the industry job market, my research experience is in large language models and their generalization, in particular in applications to software and code. I am open to jobs in many topics in NLP/LLMs, with specific interest in ensuring robustness, reliability, and safety of deployed NLP models.

  • AI for Code
  • Large Language Models and Generalization
  • Machine Learning
  • PhD in Computer Science, 2017-present

    University of Southern California

  • MPhil in Advanced Computer Science, 2016

    University of Cambridge

  • BSc in Applied Mathematics and Informatics, 2014

    Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University


Student Researcher
Microsoft Research
September 2022 – March 2023 Seattle, WA, USA/Remote
Working on large language models for code and their generalization. The resulting paper is currently under review.
Software Engineering Intern
May 2018 – August 2018 London, UK
Worked on Google Assistant. Researched and developed methods for descriptions of user profiles for use with recommender systems. The resulting paper appeared in SIGIR'19.
Machine Learning Research Engineer
October 2016 – August 2017 Yerevan, Armenia
Researching, designing and prototyping state of the art algorithms for computer graphics, image processing, 3D optimization and face reenactment from RGB input.
Software Engineering Intern
June 2015 – September 2015 New York, NY, USA
Worked on Google Cloud Logging Infrastructure
Software Engineer
April 2013 – May 2015 Yerevan, Armenia
Worked on company’s OneTick line
Junior C++ Engineer
August 2012 – March 2013 Yerevan, Armenia
Worked on company’s trading platform front end - a transaction processing application.


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