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 research goal is to develop intelligent machines that can learn from data and experience efficiently and continuously, reason about their own decisions, and more importantly act in our interests. 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 reasoning and AI safety.

I'm currently on the 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

Apple PhD Fellowship, 2022.
Borealis AI Fellowship, 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.