This is the homepage of Lisa Zhang.
Me In a Nutshell
I am currently an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream (CLTA) at the Department of Mathematical & Computational Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga. My office is located at DH3068.
I held many roles during my career: startup founder, data scientist, machine learning researcher, pure math student, and now a computer science teacher. I am passionate about machine learning, teaching education, writing, and still have a soft spot for great data visualization and nerdy humour.
CSC108 Introduction to Programming Summer 2018, University of Toronto
CSC411 Introduction to Machine Learning Winter 2018, University of Toronto
I have a publication upcoming in NIPS 2018.
I gave a talk at the Spark Summit East 2016 conference in New York.
I won things.
In 2011, I founded a startup, Polychart. In 2012, I rejected an (non-trivial) acquisition offer, instead opting for a break-up of the entire team. In 2013, with a re-built team, we were one of five companies in the ExtremeStartups accelerator. In late 2013 Polychart was open sourced.
While studying pure math at University of Waterloo, I scored 33 points on the Putnam math contest (where median score is 0 most years). Sixteen (16) months of my undergrad was spent in California on internships at companies Facebook, ContextLogic (Wish), and Tagged. I wrote on the Facebook Data Science blog.
Research and Publications
Neural Guided Constraint Logic Programming for Program Synthesis
Leveraging Constraint Logic Programming for Neural Network Guided Program Synthesis
Supervisors: Richard Zemel, Raquel Urtasun
Reviving and Improving Recurrent Back-Propagation
Renjie Liao, Yuwen Xiong, Ethan Fetaya, Lisa Zhang, KiJung Yoon, Xaq Pitkow, Raquel Urtasun, Richard Zemel
ICML 2018 [arxiv]
Inference in probabilistic graphical models by Graph Neural Networks
KiJung Yoon, Renjie Liao, Yuwen Xiong, Lisa Zhang, Ethan Fetaya, Raquel Urtasun, Richard Zemel, Xaq Pitkow
ICLR Workshop Track 2018 [paper]
Learning deep structured active contours end-to-end
Diego Marcos, Devis Tuia, Benjamin Kellenberger, Lisa Zhang, Min Bai, Renjie Liao, Raquel Urtasun
CVPR 2018 [arxiv]
Tiny Epiphany: This is my blog, formerly known as "A Notebook". I write about whatever comes to mind, technical and not.
Polychart: Data visualization software that connects directly to your database, and helps you explore the data using drag-and-drop.
My Resume: Slightly more structured overview of what I did.
You can email me at lczhang [at] cs [dot] toronto [dot] edu. If you are emailing me regarding a course, please include the course code in the email subject. Please mention if you are a current or past student.