Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Division of Engineering Science and Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto

Assistant Professor (status only), Dept. of Statistical Sciences, University of Toronto

Affiliate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, collaborating with LKS-CHART


I work in machine learning focusing on ML applications to patient chart data, computer vision, and applied statistics and take on data science consulting projects. I teach in the Division of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto, and collaborate with the Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Research, Analytics, and Training at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

My last name is pronounced ger-JOY, with a hard "g", and with the "J" pronounced like the "s" in "measure."


Currently teaching

  • ESC180 — Introduction to Computer Programming

Recently taught

  • SML201 — Introduction to Data Science, Spring 2020
  • SML480 — Pedagogy of Data Science (NEW!), Spring 2020
  • SML310 — Research Projects in Data Science, Fall 2019, Fall 2018
  • SML201 — Introduction to Data Science, Spring 2019
  • CSC411/CSC2515 — Machine Learning and Data Mining, Winter 2018 (local cached copy)
  • CSC411 — Machine Learning and Data Mining, Winter 2017
  • CSC180 — Introduction to Computer Programming, Fall 2014/2015/2016
  • STA303/STA1002 — Methods of Data Analysis II, Summer 2016
  • C4M — Computing for Medicine, Winter-Summer 2016
  • CSC321 — Introduction to Neural Networks and Machine Learning, Winter 2016 (won the CSSU award for excellence in teaching)
  • CSC320 — Introduction to Visual Computing, Winter 2015
  • CSC165 — Mathematical Expression and Reasoning for Computer Science, Summer 2014

Student projects

  • Ramaneek Gill, Twitter Hashtag Recommendation and Analysis (UofT CSC494/495, 2015-2016)
  • Karo Castro-Wunsch, RNN and Spectral Feature Based Music Analysis and Generation (UofT CSC492, 2016)
  • Ujash Joshi, Photo Orientation Detection with ConvNets (UofT CSC494/CSC495, 2016)
  • Omobola Okesanjo,Demonstration in Reinforcement Learning (UofT CSC494, Fall 2016)
  • Joshua Samson-Seltzer, Computer Vision for Camera Trap Data (UofT GGR417, 2016-2017)
  • Sam Banning, Information Extraction from Clinical Notes (UofT CSC494, Fall 2017)
  • Yoonsun You, Classification of Cervical Spine Fractures in CT Images (UofT EngSci thesis, 2018-2019)
  • Navid Korhani, Information Extraction with Small Datasets (UofT EngSci thesis, 2018-2019)
  • Ananya Joshi, Creating an Automated Ideological Transformer Using Moral Reframing (Princeton undergrad thesis, 2019)
  • Georgy Noarov, Collecting a Large-Scale Dataset of Fake News (Princeton CSML certificate project 2019-2020)
  • Preeti Iyer, Understanding Urban Mobility in NYC with Latent Factor Models (Princeton undergrad thesis, 2020)
  • Max Piasevoli, Generative Adversarial Networks for Model Checking (Princeton COS498, 2020)
  • Niranjan Shankar, Text Classification for Small Datasets (Princeton COS498, 2020)
  • Daniel K. Chae, Generating Novel Hypotheses from Complex Models of Clinical Data (Princeton COS498, 2020)
  • Claire S. Lee, Classifying and Understanding Affective States in Bipolar Disorder from Video (Princeton COS498, 2020-)
  • Ryan Lee, Investigating the Double Descent Curve (Princeton Math junior paper, 2020)
  • Vydhourie Thiyageswaran, Pretraining Transformer Architectures for Q-learning (Princeton CSML IW)
  • Vydhourie Thiyageswaran, May Jiang, and Anthony Hein, Developing an agent for Gin Rummy (Princeton summer work)
  • Coco Zhang, Guided backpropagation and non-monotonic output functions (UofT EngSci thesis, 2020-2021)
  • Calvin Tan, Pretraining to speed up Q-learning for card games with large feature spaces (UofT EngSci thesis, 2020-2021)
  • Theodore Block, The Triple Descent Curve when Training Single-Hidden-Layer Neural Networks (UofT EngSci thesis, 2020)
  • Daniel Pinheiro Leal, Pretraining to speed up reinforcement learning for control tasks (UofT EngSci thesis, 2020-2021)

Grad students

  • Thi Hai Van Do, Merchandise Classification with Machine Learning for E-commerce. MSc in Applied Computing, University of Toronto, 2018.
  • Elisa Du, Robust Taxonomy out of Receipt Item Labels. MSc in Applied Computing, University of Toronto, 2021 (co-supervised with Rohan Alexander).
  • Danting Dong, Detecting, Extracting and Merging Receipts from Uploaded Smartphone Images. MSc in Applied Computing, University of Toronto, 2021 (co-supervised with Lueder Kahrs).
  • Vijaykumar Maraviya, Peer Reviewer Recommender System. MEng in Mechanical and Industrial Engeering project, University of Toronto, 2021 (co-supervised with Eldan Cohen).

My assignments around the web

I enjoy creating and sharing my assignments. I sometimes enjoy Googling my name to see who uses them.


I am co-chair of the Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence (EAAI) for 2021 (collocated with AAAI in Vancouver in Feb. 2021) and 2022 (TBD).

I am on the Program Committee of the Toronto Machine Learning Summit (2017-), the Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence (2018-) and the Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence (Model AI Assignments track and Diversity and Inclusion in AI Education track 2020-). Submit your stuff!

Recent media mentions

Quoted in MIT Technology Review (Jun. 2017) on teaching machine learning with TensorFlow and on the TensorFlow ecosystem; the story also appeared in Business Insider (Jul. 2017); quoted in The Varsity (Feb. 2017) on AI for literature search and on careers in machine learning and data science; quoted in The Cannon on "curving" and grading policies; Computing for Medicine profiled in UofT News (Mar. 2016).


Come to the CSML Reading Group

AlexNet implementation+weights in TensorFlow

The UofT Data Science Team

Tournament for Pong AIs, 2016 (the 2015 tournament).

Advice to students about asking for reference letters

The Course Webpage Wiki — please contribute!

Just for fun

Back in grad school, I used to co-ordinate the weekly CSGSBS cookie breaks.

Derandomizing Bogosort: A Very Serious Webpage.

Re: Your Grades at the NΨ 2017 Nocturne Talent Show (lyrics).

How Deep is Your Love with Gradient Descent (note the lyrics: "How deep is your love? I really need to learn.") Source code.