Difan Zou

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

The University of Hong Kong

Contact: dzou+ at + cs.hku.hk

CB 204F, Chow Yei Ching Building

I am currently an assistant professor in the department of computer science, the University of Hong Kong. I received my Ph.D. degree in at the Department of Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles in 2022. My advisor was Prof. Quanquan Gu. Previously I was working with Prof. Chen Gong and Prof. Zhengyuan Xu in optical wireless communication and networking center in USTC.

Education

  • B.S. University of Science and Technology of China (Applied Physics, School of Gifted Young) 2010-2014

  • M.S. University of Science and Technology of China (Electrical Engineering and Information Science) 2014-2017

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia (System and Information Engineering) 2017-2018

  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (Computer Science) 2018-present

Publication

(* indicates equal contribution )

Preprint

Yaodong Yu*, Difan Zou*, Quanquan Gu.

Difan Zou, Lingxiao Wang, Pan Xu, Jinghui Chen, Weitong Zhang, and Quanquan Gu.

Difan Zou, Yuan Cao, Yuanzhi Li, and Quanquan Gu

Difan Zou*, Jingfeng Wu*, Vladimir Braverman, Quanquan Gu, and Sham M. Kakade

Conference & Journal

Jingfeng Wu*, Difan Zou*, Vladimir Braverman, Quanquan Gu, and Sham M. Kakade

Spencer Frei*, Difan Zou*, Zixiang Chen* and Quanquan Gu.

Difan Zou, Yuan Cao, Yuanzhi Li, and Quanquan Gu

Difan Zou*, Jingfeng Wu*, Vladimir Braverman, Quanquan Gu, Dean P. Foster, and Sham M. Kakade

Difan Zou*, Jingfeng Wu*, Vladimir Braverman, Quanquan Gu and Sham M. Kakade

Difan Zou, Pan Xu and Quanquan Gu

Difan Zou, Quanquan Gu

Difan Zou*, Spencer Frei* and Quanquan Gu

Zixiang Chen*, Yuan Cao*, Difan Zou* and Quanquan Gu.

Jingfeng Wu, Difan Zou, Vladimir Braverman and Quanquan Gu

Bao Wang*, Difan Zou*, Quanquan Gu, Stanley Osher.

Difan Zou, Philip M. Long and Quanquan Gu

Yisen Wang*, Difan Zou*, Jinfeng Yi, James Bailey, Xingjun Ma and Quanquan Gu

Difan Zou*, Yuan Cao*, Dongruo Zhou, Quanquan Gu

Difan Zou, Quanquan Gu

Difan Zou*, Ziniu Hu*, Yewen Wang, Song Jiang, Yizhou Sun, Quanquan Gu

Difan Zou, Pan Xu, Quanquan Gu

Difan Zou, Pan Xu, Quanquan Gu

  • Global convergence of Langevin dynamics based algorithms for nonconvex optimization (Neural Information Processing System (NeurIPS'18), Spotlight)

Pan Xu*, Jinghui Chen*, Difan Zou, Quanquan Gu

  • Subsampled stochastic variance-reduced gradient Langevin dynamics ( International Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI'18))

Difan Zou*, Pan Xu*, Quanquan Gu

  • Stochastic Variance-Reduced Hamilton Monte Carlo Methods (International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML'18))

Difan Zou*, Pan Xu*, Quanquan Gu


Teaching

  • CS 180: Algorithm and Complexity (Spring 2020, UCLA)

  • CS M146: Machine Learning (Winter 2020, UCLA)

  • SYS 2202: Data and Information Engineering (Spring 2018, UVa)

  • SYS 6018: Data Mining (Spring 2018, UVa)

  • CS6501: Optimization (Fall 2017, UVa)

  • SYS6501: Statistic Modeling (Fall 2017, UVa)