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Timothy Sakharov

PhD Student


Office Location

177 Huntington Avenue
10th Floor
Boston, MA 02115


  • BS in Information Science, Northeastern University

About Me

  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • Field of Study: Network Science
  • PhD Advisor: Tina Eliassi-Rad


Timothy Sakharov is a PhD student at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He graduated with a BS in Information Science from Northeastern University, and is currently at work on research at the intersection of Network and Computer Science. His areas of research include Algorithms and Theory, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Network Science, and he focuses on applying machine learning methods to large networks.

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I am currently working on research projects at the intersection of Computer Science and Network Science. I focus on the application of machine learning methods to large networks, where data is often incomplete.

What are your research interests in a bit more detail? Is your current academic/research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved somewhat? If so, how/why?

In particular, I am interested in how to learn from data that is interlinked, noisy, and time-evolving. My work involves graph representations for role discovery, as well as reinforcement learning in partially-observed networks. I have always valued interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, and Network Science provides the ideal tools for this.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I would like to investigate how we can use the history and dynamics of networks to learn something about their future.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting/fascinating to you? What aspects of your research (findings, angles, problems you’re solving) might surprise others?

What fascinates me most about my research area is the ubiquity of networks; I find it incredible that network methodologies can be applied across a variety of disciplines and can solve problems in fields ranging from biology to art history.

What are your research/career goals, going forward?

I hope to continue working on exciting research problems, and to continue my career in academia.

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree? Any reason in particular behind your choice (a program you were excited about, a city you love, a researcher you wanted to work with)?

Northeastern! I always wanted to study in Boston, and I was particularly drawn to Northeastern for the co-op program, excellent faculty, and global opportunities.