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HKU IDS Scholar

(Member, HKU IDS Seminar Committee)

Dr Yingyu LIANG
Associate Professor
HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science and
Department of Computer Science, HKU
yingyul@hku.hk (852) 3910 2332
P307E, Graduate House, HKU
Department of Computer Science
About Me

Dr Yingyu Liang is an Associate Professor in the Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science and Department of Computer Science at The University of Hong Kong. He is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before that, he was a postdoc at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in 2014 from Georgia Tech, and M.S. (2010) and B.S. (2008) from Tsinghua University. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award.

His research group aims at providing theoretical foundations for modern machine learning models and designing efficient algorithms for real world applications. Recent focuses include optimization and generalization in deep learning, robust machine learning, and their applications.

Selected Publications
  1. Zhenmei Shi, Jenny Wei, Yingyu Liang. “Provable Guarantees for Neural Networks via Gradient Feature Learning.” Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2023. 
  2. Jiefeng Chen, Jayaram Raghuram, Jihye Choi, Xi Wu, Yingyu Liang, Somesh Jha. “Stratified Adversarial Robustness with Rejection.” International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2023.
  3. Zhenmei Shi, Jiefeng Chen, Kunyang Li, Jayaram Raghuram, Xi Wu, Yingyu Liang, Somesh Jha. “The Trade-off between Universality and Label Efficiency of Representations from Contrastive Learning.” International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2023.
  4. Zhenmei Shi, Jenny Wei, Yingyu Liang. “A Theoretical Analysis on Feature Learning in Neural Networks: Emergence from Inputs and Advantage over Fixed Features.” International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2022.
  5. Siddhant Garg, Yingyu Liang. “Functional Regularization for Representation Learning: A Unified Theoretical Perspective.” Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2020.
  6. Zeyuan Allen-Zhu, Yuanzhi Li, Yingyu Liang. “Learning and Generalization in Overparameterized Neural Networks, Going Beyond Two Layers.” Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2019.
  7. Shengchao Liu, Mehmet Furkan Demirel, Yingyu Liang. “N-Gram Graph: Simple Unsupervised Representation for Graphs, with Applications to Molecules.” Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2019.
  8. Yuanzhi Li, Yingyu Liang. “Learning Overparameterized Neural Networks via Stochastic Gradient Descent on Structured Data.” Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2018.
  9. Sanjeev Arora, Yuanzhi Li, Yingyu Liang, Tengyu Ma, Andrej Risteski. “Linear Algebraic Structure of Word Senses, with Applications to Polysemy.” Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL), 2018.
  10. Sanjeev Arora, Yingyu Liang, Tengyu Ma. “A Simple but Tough-to-Beat Baseline for Sentence Embedding.” International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2017.
Research Interests

Machine learning; Optimization and generalization in deep learning; Robust machine learning, and their applications.