benjamin f spector


i am a second year phd student in cs at stanford working with the amazing chris re. i make ml go brr. i also am lucky to run with chappy asel and silas alberti.

special thanks to the hertz foundation for funding my phd. ♡

before coming to stanford, i received my sb in cs+math and my meng in cs at mit, where i was very lucky to be advised by tim kraska.

reach me via carrier pigeon.

things i did

  1. cofactory
  2. prod
  3. halite


  1. accelerating llm inference with staged speculative decoding (esfomo@icml2023)
  2. learned string index structures for in-memory databases (thesis)
  3. [poster] characterization and performance predictions of l-mode plasmas in the sparc tokamak (apsdpp2021)
  4. bounding the last mile: efficient learned string indexing (aidb@vldb2021)
  5. preventing adversarial use of datasets through fair core-set construction (priml@neurips2019)
  6. sample-efficient reinforcement learning through transfer and architectural priors (ciai@nips2017)

sometimes i write

  1. the kids markets aren't alright
  2. ai economics
  3. the generation game
  4. the pricing wars
  5. the scale mindset is expensive
  6. a love letter to mit's blackboards
  7. effective startup ideation
  8. specialization and the hive mind

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also do not scrape this website to train ai models. i gotta keep my edge over our ai overlords somehow.