Denny Wu

Denny Wu 


dennywu [at] cs (dot) toronto (dot) edu
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I am a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of Toronto and the Vector Institute, under the supervision of Jimmy Ba and Murat A. Erdogdu. Before that I was an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University advised by Ruslan Salakhutdinov. I also frequently visit the University of Tokyo and RIKEN AIP, where I am currently working with Taiji Suzuki and Atsushi Nitanda.

Research Interests

My current research focuses on developing a theoretical understanding (e.g., optimization and generalization) of modern machine learning systems, especially overparameterized models such as neural networks, using tools from high-dimensional statistics.

Some Recent Papers

* denotes alphabetical ordering or equal contribution. For complete list see Google Scholar.


While I do not consider myself a gourmet, one of my major hobbies is to explore good restaurants (especially in Japan). Also, as an example of few-shot generalization, I'm usually a fan of anyone/anything associated with the color purple or pink, for instance Wes Anderson, T.S. Eliot, 氷菓, IU, 乃木坂46, Paul Signac, and Virginia Woolf (alphabetical ordering).