Simon S. Du

Simon S. Du 

Simon S. Du
Email: ssdu [at] cs (dot) cmu (dot) edu
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About Me

I completed my PhD in Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University, where I was co-advised by Aarti Singh and Barnabás Póczos. Previously, I studied EECS and EMS at UC Berkeley where I worked with Ming Gu, Lei Li, Michael Mahoney and Stuart Russell. In fall 2018, I visited Simons Institute. I have also spent time at research labs of Microsoft and Facebook.

My research interests are broadly in machine learning and statistics, such as deep learning, reinforcement learning, transfer learning, (non-)convex optimization, non-parametric estimation, robust statistics and matrix analysis.

I will join Insitute for Advanced Study Special Year Program as Postdoc fellow in fall 2019.


  • Carnegie Mellon University Aug. 2015 - May. 2019
    PhD in Machine Learning, School of Computer Science

  • University of California, Berkeley Aug. 2011 - May. 2015
    B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    B.S. in Engineering Mathematics and Statistics

  • Tsinghua University Feb. 2013 - Jun. 2013
    Exchange student.


  • Research Intern at Facebook AI Research (FAIR), Menlo Park, CA, May. 2017 - Aug. 2017
    Mentor: Yuandong Tian

Selected Publications [Full Publications]

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