Guodong Zhang (张国栋)

Machine Learning Group
University of Toronto
Vector Institute

Email: gdzhang at cs dot toronto dot edu

"Many things are only trivial once you know them." - Herman Chernoff

About Me

I'm a PhD student in Machine Learning Group at University of Toronto, supervised by Roger Grosse.

My goal is to develop intelligent machines that can learn to solve a broad set of tasks in an efficient, automatic, adaptive, and safe way. This is often framed as a minimization problem or a multi-player game, and solved using algorithms for optimization, probabilistic inference, or equilibrium computation. In particular, I aim to design algorithms and models that train faster, generalize better, and give well-calibrated uncertainty. Recently, I also started to learn more about trustworthy machine learning.

I'm particularly good at understanding and improving the dynamics of algorithms in learning, inference and multi-player games.

I am on the 2021-2022 job market.

Curriculum Vitae

My CV can be downloaded from this link: [CV].

Selected Publications (Google Scholar or Semantic Scholar for Full List)


I am/was a Instructor for
  • CSC 311: Introduction to Machine Learning (2021 Fall)
I am/was a Guest lecturer for
  • CSC 2541: Neural Network Training Dynamics (2021 Winter)
I am/was a TA for
  • CSC 2541: Neural Network Training Dynamics (2021 Winter)
  • CSC 311: Introduction to Machine Learning (2020 Fall)
  • CSC 2515: Machine Learning (2019 Fall)
  • CSC 411: Machine Learning and Data Mining (2018 Fall)
  • CSC 321: Introduction to Neural Networks and Machine Learning (2018 Winter)
  • CSC 384: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (2017 Fall, 2018 Summer, 2019 Winter)


  • Conference Reviewer: UAI, AISTATS, NeurIPS, ICLR, ICML
  • Journal Reviewer: JMLR

Selected Honors & Awards

Borealis AI Fellowships, 2020.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2020.
CHU Kochen Scholarship, Highest honor for only top 12 student at Zhejiang University, 2016.
Cross-disciplinary Scholars in Science and Technology, UCLA, 2016.
National Scholarship in China, (%1.5), Zhejiang University, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Meritorious Winner, Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM), 2016.
1st Prize, (%1.5) China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling (CUMCM), 2015.