Victor Liao

I am a senior at the University of Waterloo studying Pure Mathematics, Combinatorics & Optimization, and Computer Science.

My main research interests are at the intersection of optimization and math with applications to data science. I am broadly interested in non-convex optimization, analyzing optimization landscapes, and the application of mathematical theory from areas like non-smooth analysis, semialgebraic geometry, dynamical systems, statistics, and smooth manifolds to optimization.

I work with Nicolas Boumal at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne on optimization and Manopt. I also work with Yaoliang Yu at the University of Waterloo on optimization and machine learning.

Previously, I spent time collaborating with Amir-massoud Farahmand at the Vector Institute and Martha White at the University of Alberta on optimization and reinforcement learning.

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Research Papers
(Reverse Chronological Order)

Robust Losses for Learning Value Functions
Andrew Patterson, Victor Liao, Martha White
To Appear in: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI), 2022.   (Impact Factor: 24.31)

Value Gradient weighted Model-Based Reinforcement Learning
Claas Voelcker, Victor Liao, Animesh Garg, Amir-massoud Farahmand
International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2022.   (Spotlight Presentation rate: 5.3%)

Preprints

Coming Soon
Victor Liao, Zeou Hu, Yaoliang Yu
In preparation, 2022


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