Talks and Activities

  1. Invited Talk on “Causal Discovery via Common Entropy” at the Causal Inference & Quantum Foundations Workshop, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, ON, Canada, Apr. 2023. Recording

  2. Invited Talk on “Entropic Causal Inference and Approximate Minimum Entropy Coupling”, Information Theory Applications Workshop (ITA), San Diego, CA, Feb. 2023.

  3. TILOS Seminar Series Invited Talk on “Causal Discovery for Root-cause Analysis,” Online, Jan. 2023.

  4. Guest Editor for the Special Issue on “Information-theoretic Methods for Causal Inference and Discovery”, Entropy, MDPI, 2023.

  5. ICON Seminar on “Causal Discovery for Root-cause Analysis”, Purdue University, October 2022. YouTube recording.

  6. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Research Seminar on “Causal Discovery for Root-cause Analysis”, July 2022.

  7. Purdue ML Reading Group Talk on “Cost-Optimal Experimental Design for Causal Discovery”, April 2022.

  8. Invited Participant at Simons Institute Causality Workshop, UC Berkeley, February 2022.

  9. General chair for The AAAI-22 Workshop on Information-Theoretic Methods for Causal Inference and Discovery (ITCI’22), Vancouver, Canada, February 2022.

  10. Session Chair for ICERM Workshop on Advances in Theory and Algorithms for Deep Reinforcement Learning, Online, Aug. 2, 2021.

  11. Discussant in Causality Session at UAI’21, Online, July 27, 2021.

  12. Mentorship Circles at ICLR’21 Online, March 3, 2021.

  13. Purdue ECE Talk: Entropic Methods for Causal Discovery, Online talk for graduate students and the faculty, Mar. 4, 2021.

  14. Session chair for IJCAI’20, Machine Learning - Learning Generative Models, Jan. 2021.

  15. Lightning Talk in Young Researchers Workshop on CausalGAN, ORIE, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Oct. 2019.

  16. Co-organized “Bridging Causal Inference, Reinforcement Learning and Transfer Learning Workshop” in IBM AI Research Week, 2019.

  17. Invited Talk in AAAI-WHY19 Spring Symposium on CausalGAN, Stanford, CA, March 25-27, 2019.

  18. Shannon Channel Talk: Entropic Methods for Causal Discovery, Online talk hosted by Salim El Rouayheb, Mar. 1st, 2019.

  19. Hands-on machine learning workshop (jointly with Alex Dimakis), 2018 North American School of Information Theory, Texas A&M University, May 20-23, 2018.

  20. M. Kocaoglu, “Energy Minimization with Coding: Minimum Energy Channel and Network Codes,” COST Action IC0804 Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, Dec. 2012.


  1. Reviewer Award for UAI 2022, Top Reviewer

  2. Reviewer Award for ICLR 2022, Highlighted Reviewer

  3. Reviewer Award for UAI’21, Amongst Top 5% of Reviewers

  4. Reviewer Award for ICLR 2021, Outstanding Reviewer

  5. Reviewer Award for ICML 2020, Amongst Top 33% of Reviewers

  6. Reviewer Award for NeurIPS 2019, Amongst Top 50% of Reviewers

  7. Reviewer Award for NeurIPS 2018, Amongst Top 218 Reviewers

Area Chair (AC) for conferences

Senior PC Member (Meta-reviewer) for conferences

Reviewer for conferences

Reviewer for journals

Student Volunteer