I am starting my PhD at Columbia University in Fall 2021, where I will be advised by Professor Zhou Yu. Generally, I am interested in the intersection of NLP, HCI, and Psychology.
I recently graduated from Cornell University with majors in Computer Science and Statistics, where I was very fortunate to have worked with Professor Lillian Lee and Dr. Jack Hessel, Professor Rene Kizilcec, and Professor Joe Guinness.
You can reach me at maximillian (dot) chen (at) columbia.edu

Research Papers

Mobile Learning During School Disruptions in Sub-Saharan Africa
Rene Kizilcec, Maximillian Chen, Kaja Jasinska, Michael Madaio and Amy Ogan
AERA Open: Special Topic Collection on Educational Data Science

Return of the Student: Predicting Re-Engagement in Mobile Learning
Maximillian Chen and Rene Kizilcec
Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Educational Data Mining
[PDF] [Poster]

Student Engagement in Mobile Learning via Text Message
Rene Kizilcec and Maximillian Chen
Proceedings of the Seventh (2020) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale
[PDF] [Talk]

An Observational Study of the Effect of Nike Vaporfly Shoes on Marathon Performance
Joseph Guinness, Debasmita Bhattacharya, Jenny Chen, Max Chen, and Angela Loh

Data Science Projects

Work & Teaching Experience

Microsoft - Redmond, WA/Virtual
Software Engineer Intern (Summer 2020)
Team: Microsoft Excel - Data Visualization and Experiences
Morgan Stanley - New York, NY
Technology Summer Analyst (Summer 2019)
Team: Enterprise Visualization and Analytics
RapidRatings - New York, NY
Analytics Intern (Summer 2018)
Team: Analytics & Coverage
Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
Teaching Assistant
CS/INFO 4300: Language & Information - Spring 2021
CS 4780: Machine Learning for Intelligent Systems - Fall 2020
INFO 5200: Learning Analytics (Masters Level) - Fall 2019
INFO 2950: Intro to Data Science - Spring 2019, Spring 2020


Programming/Scripting Languages: Python, R, Java, OCaml, C#, JavaScript, SQL
Packages: Scikit-learn, TensorFlow/Keras, PyTorch, D3.js, tidyverse
Other tools: Bash, Bloomberg Terminal

Fun Facts

I used to run competitively - I ran the 800m leg on my high school's Distance Medley Relay at New Balance Outdoor Nationals (we didn't do particularly well).
I was certified as a CompTIA A+ Technician as an 11 year old.
My favorite basketball team is the Toronto Raptors.