Vahe Tshitoyan

Machine Learning / Physics


Mountain View, CA


+1 510 708 0395


Hey, thanks for stopping by! I am currently a machine learning engineer at Google ATAP. Before joining Google, I was a Postdoc at Berkeley Lab, where I worked on applications of natural language processing (NLP) to materials science. Some of our most exciting findings were recently published in Nature. I have a PhD in physics from Cambridge and worked as a Senior Scientist at Zedsen before moving to USA. I was also featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list in Science and Healthcare category in 2018.

Notable Awards

Forbes 30 under 30 Europe - Science & Healthcare, 2018

The list features 300 young disruptors across 10 categories, including science, healthcare, entertainment, finance & technology. I was named as one of the 30 in Science & Healthcare.

Winton Award for the Physics of Sustainability, 2012

A full scholarship from the department of physics awarded to PhD students undertaking high quality research in the field of sustainability.

Cambridge International Scholarship, 2012

Prestigious full scholarship awarded to approximately 80 highest ranked (top 15%) graduate students across all disciplines at the University of Cambridge.

Undergraduate Exchange Fellowship (UGRAD), 2008

A fully funded exchange year awarded by the U.S. State Department to 10 students from Armenia, demonstrating outstanding academic achievements and leadership potential.

Educational Award of the President of Armenia, 2006 & 2010

Ranked among the top 6 high school (2006) and top 7 undergraduate (2010) students in the country.

Honorable Mention, 2006

Represented Armenia at the 37th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Singapore and won an Honorable Mention (a little shy of medal).

Selected Publications

  1. Unsupervised word embeddings capture latent knowledge from materials science literature
    V. Tshitoyan, J. Dagdelen, L. Weston, A. Dunn, Z. Rong, O. Kononova, K. A. Persson, G. Ceder, A. Jain
    Nature 571, 95–98 (2019)
  2. Combining Radon transform and electrical capacitance tomography for a 2d+1 imaging device
    Y. Capdeboscq, H. Mamigonians, A. Sulaimalebbe, V. Tshitoyan
    Inverse Problems 34 (10), 104001 (2018)
  3. Room-temperature spin-orbit torque in NiMnSb
    C. Ciccarelli, L. Anderson, V. Tshitoyan, A. J. Ferguson, F. Gerhard, C. Gould, L. W. Molenkamp, J. Gayles, J. Železný, L. Šmejkal, Z. Yuan, J. Sinova, F. Freimuth, and T. Jungwirth
    Nature Physics 12, 855 - 860 (2016)
  4. Electrical manipulation of ferromagnetic NiFe by antiferromagnetic IrMn
    V. Tshitoyan, C. Ciccarelli, A. P. Mihai, M. Ali, A. C. Irvine, T. A. Moore, T. Jungwirth, and A. J. Ferguson,
    Physical Review B 92, 214406 (2015)
See google scholar for the full list.


FAST NextGen Council, 2018 - present

NextGen Council brings together the talent, knowledge, and skills of young and motivated scientists, technologists and tech entrepreneurs from every corner of the world to provide a boost to scientific endeavors, technological developments, and entrepreneurship activities in Armenia and beyond.

Churchill College Association, 2016 - present

As a 2010 - 2020 decade representative for the association, I try to stay in touch with my college by organising events for the alumni.

Develop Armenia Program, Summers 2010 - 2016

As a Luys scholar, I went to Armenia almost every summer from 2010 to 2016 to participate in a community service program organised by Luys foundation. We went to various regions of Armenia in teams of 10 - 20 students, with the aim to make positive impact in the communities in a short period of time. Activities have ranged from teaching at local schools and helping local businesses, all the way to refurbishing a football pitch or making street signs.