Kuan-Chieh Wang (Jackson)


I am a final-year Ph.D. student focusing on Machine Learning at the University of Toronto, and Vector Institute advised by Professor Rich Zemel. Before grad school, I obtained my undergraduate degree from Engineering Science at UofT. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan.

Here is my Curriculum Vitae/resume. Please visit the ‘publications’ tab for papers/codes.

Research Interest

My research interests are:

  • Out-of-distribution Detection
  • Generative models
  • Bayesian inference
  • Few-shot learning

– “I don’t know!!”
Humans are pretty good at saying that.
When I visit Montreal and someone speaks French to me, I panic and somehow indicate that I don’t know French. This seems like basic human instinct. Yet, most of our AIs today struggle with declaring what they don’t know. I thought this would be quite useful to build into AI.
On my way to figuring that out (i.e. how to declare something being ‘out-of-distribution’), I learned about ideas from the topic of generative models, and Bayesian inference.

Professional Experience

I was

  • an intern at Google Brain (MTV, TOR) in 2018 hosted by Chung-Cheng Chiu. We worked on speech recognition together.
  • a research student working with the Toronto Raptors’ analysts Keith Boyarsky and Eric Khoury. My mom likes to believe that the Toronto Raptors getting better, and eventually winning the Championship in 2019 had something to do with my research. 🤔
  • a ML consultant at SmartFinance LLC, a start-up Rich co-founded. We had some fun trying to make finance easier with ML.


Sep 14, 2020 Top 33% reviewer at ICML2020. [Certificate]
Jul 10, 2020 Upcoming ICML2020 UDL workshop presentation! [video]