Xiao Zhang

Xiao Zhang

CS PhD Candidate

University of Virginia


I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Department of Computer Science at University of Virginia, advised by Prof. David Evans. Previously, I worked with Prof. Quanquan Gu. I received my M.S. degree from Department of Statistics at University of Virginia and my B.S. degree in Mathematics at Tsinghua University. My research interests cover a variety of topics in machine learning and security, including adversarial machine learning, statistical machine learning, deep learning and convex/non-convex optimization. Here is my latest CV.

I will join CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security as a Tenure-Track Faculty in Fall 2022.
  • Adversarial Machine Learning
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Optimization
  • PhD in Computer Science, Aug. 2017 - present

    University of Virginia

  • MS in Statistics, Aug. 2015 - May 2017

    University of Virginia

  • BS in Mathematics, Sep. 2011 - Jul. 2015

    Tsinghua University

Recent Publications

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(2021). Incorporating Label Uncertainty in Intrinsic Robustness Measures. ICLR 2021 aisecure workshop.

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(2019). Learning One-hidden-layer ReLU Networks via Gradient Descent. AISTATS 2019.

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Internship Experience

Machine Learning Research Intern
Jun 2020 – Oct 2020 Pittsburgh
Building efficient adversarially robust classification models using meta learning techniques (mentor: Anit Kumar Sahu)

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistent - University of Virginia

Department of Computer Science

  • CS3102: Theory of Computation (Fall ‘19)
  • CS6501: Optimization for Machine Learning – Teaching Assistant (Fall ‘17)
  • CS2102: Discrete Math – Teaching Assistant (Fall ‘17)

Teaching Assistent - University of Virginia

Department of Statistics

  • STAT2120: Introduction to Statistical Science (Fall ‘16, Spring ‘17)

Professional Services

Journal Reviewer

  • Machine Learning (MLJ)
  • Advances in Computational Mathematics (ACOM)

Conference Reviewer

  • Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS)
  • International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR)
  • International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS)