Renjie Liao  


Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto
6 King's College Rd, Pratt Building 263
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G4

Email: rjliao at cs dot toronto dot edu

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"There is nothing as practical as a good theory." - Kurt Lewin
"The test of all knowledge is experiment." - Richard Feynman



I'm a PhD student in Machine Learning Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto. My advisors are Prof. Raquel Urtasun and Prof. Richard Zemel. I work part-time as a Senior Research Scientist at Uber Advanced Technology Group Toronto. I am also affiliated with Vector Institute. I received M.Phil. degree from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, under the supervision of Prof. Jiaya Jia. I got B.Eng. degree from School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering in Beihang University (former Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics).

I have broad research interests in machine learning and computer vision. Recently I am focusing on the intersection of graphical models and neural networks, e.g., graph neural networks, generative models of graphs.

I've had the good fortune of working with some smart "neural networks".

Recent Publications (Google Scholar)




Honors & Awards

RBC Graduate Fellowship, 2019
Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students (University-wide 20), University of Toronto, 2015.
Departmental Entrance Scholarship (Top %2 applicant), Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, 2015.
Honorable Mention, Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), 2010, 2011, 2012.
3rd prize (1%), China Finals in Software Design Competition of Imagine Cup, Microsoft, 2010.
1st prize (10 out of candidates of all majors), The 20th Feng Ru Cup, Beihang University, 2010.
National 2nd Prize (820/12272), China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling(CUMCM), 2009.
Travel Award: ICLR 2019, ICML 2018, ICLR 2017, ACCV 2012, MLSS 2011.


Hobbies: Fingerstyle Guitar, Basketball, Soccer, PC Games.

My Erdös number is 4 (F. Sinz = 3, G. Rätsch = 2, A. Jagota = 1, P. Erdös = 0).

Last Updated by Renjie: May. 29 2019