Thamme Gowda

Email: tgowdan [at] gmail [dot].com
Curriculum Vitae

Thamme Gowda is a Research Scientist at Microsoft Translator. He obtained his Ph.D. (2022) and MS (2017) from USC, both majoring in Computer Science. Previously, he worked as a Research Engineer at USC ISI (2017-22; for five years!), a Data Scientist intern at NASA JPL (2016-17), a Committer and Project Management Committee member at the Apache Software Foundation, a full-stack software developer at a startup (2012-14), and co-founder at (2014-15).

His recent focus is on neural machine translation and rare phenomena learning problem (dissertation, slides).

News and Journal:

2022/12/07 I have officially started my new role at Microsot Translator a month ago! I have been busy learning Azure and ecosystem. My new teammates are awesome and inspiring! There are plenty of exciting problems to work on 😀 I am feeling grateful for the opportunity.
2022/10/21 My time at USC/ISI has come to an end🥲. I am looking forwarding to starting a new chapter at Microsoft! Thanks to my friends and collaborators; special thanks to my advisor, Prof. Jonathan May, for the support, all the lessons, and mentorship over the past years.
2022/10/12 My O-1A visa has been approved! Thanks USCIS! Huge thanks to many outstanding researchers made this possible by submitting recommendation/reference letters to the US govt.
2022/05/28 Professional:I am eagerly looking forward to joining Microsoft Translate as a Sr. Researcher if USCIS approves my (O1) visa. Thanks to everyone who talked to me during my job search; special thanks to Microsoft, Amazon Alexa, Meta, AI2, and NASA JPL teams. Personal: I got married!
2022/03/28 I've successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation! (dissertation, slides). (I'm looking for a new role!)
2022/03/24 One of my tools (mtdata) is simplifying the training data downloading at Workshop on Machine Translation 2022.
2022/03/16 I've released a massively multilingual translation model that translates 600 languages into English; see the demo at


PhD in CS


MS in CS


BE in CS&E


Professional Career

Research Scientist

2022/11 - Now

Research Engineer

2017/07 - 2022/10

Data Scientist (intern)

2016 - 2017

Research Assistant

2015 - 2016

Technical Co-Founder

2014 - [2015]

Software Engineer

2012 - 2014

More ?

I speak Kannada/ಕನ್ನಡ, Telugu/తెలుగు, and Hindi/हिन्दी (+English, of course!). I was raised by a family of farmers in a southern Indian village. So, beside the "professional" experience that I have displayed here, I also have much more experience in agriculture that you will not hear: vineyard, silkworms, dairy, sheep, poultry...!

I came to this grad school for learning the artificial intelligence, but I also ended up learning a bit about myself/consciousness:

While coding an artificial soul for machines
He wins his gifts, defeats his curses
And discovers his own soul that thinks and feels!

Consciousness is divine [Prajnanam Brahman]
This self/Atma is divine [Ayam Atma Brahman]
You are that [Tat Vam Asi]
I am (part-of) it [Aham Brahmasmi]