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Harris Chan

Graduate ML Student

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I’m a PhD student in the Machine Learning Group, co-supervised by Prof. Jimmy Ba and Prof. Sanja Fidler. During my undergraduate degree, I studied Engineering Science, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. My undergraduate thesis advisor was Prof. Deepa Kundur. I interned at Qualcomm Canada in the Video Processing group as part of my Professional Experience Year for 16 months. Prior to starting my graduate degree, I spent a year working at Intel Programmale Solutions Group (PSG) in the OpenCL Usability team. More details in my CV.

I’m also a speedcuber.

Research Interests

I’m broadly interested in optimization algorithms for neural networks, and the intersection of reinforcement learning, computer vision, and natural language processing. I’m still in the exploration phase!


I was a Teaching Assistant for the following courses:


  • Closing the generalization gap in stochastic optimization through Fisher gradient noise. Vector Institute, Toronto, Canada. February, 2018