Eric Wong

Ph.D Student
Machine Learning Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Github Page

I am a second year PhD student in CMU MLD. My advisor is Zico Kolter, and my research interests are in optimization algorithms and energy domains.

Advisor Zico Kolter
Office GHC 8213


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    • 15-388/688 Practical Data Science, Fall 2016
    • 10-715 Advanced Introduction to Machine Learning, Fall 2015
    • 15-451 Algorithms, Fall 2014
    • 08-766/08-781 Pervasive and Mobile Computing Services, Spring 2014
    • 08-766/08-781 Pervasive and Mobile Computing Services, Spring 2013
    • 08-723 Mobile Development for iOS and Android, Spring 2013

Tensor Differential Calculus

In my quest to simplify the current state of matrix differential calculus, I have been working on a more elegant, simplified form of taking derivatives of functions regardless of the input and output shape, with more direct implementation. This has resulted in the following series, which continues to grow as I use what I've learned so far.

  1. Tensors
  2. Differentials and their Tensor generalization
  3. Simplified Backprop
  4. Backprop through Matrix Inverse


I am an avid dancer in the ballroom, latin, and hip hop styles.

I am also an enthusiastic cook, and love experimenting with different ingredients.