Mike Wu
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I'm a second year PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford University advised by Noah Goodman. My research area is in deep generative models and approximate inference algorithms. I am supported by the NSF GRFP grant.

I completed my undergrad in computer science at Yale University ('16) where I worked with Jessi Cisewski on astrostatistics and Brian Scasselati on human-robot collaboration. I also spent time at University of Oxford working on probabilistic programming with Frank Wood, and at Harvard University working on interpretable deep learning with Finale Doshi-Velez.

I took a year off before starting graduate school, where I worked at Facebook in the applied machine learning group. I also helped found a startup building a probabilistic progamming language in Excel called Invrea. In my free time, I like to play tennis and do hackathons.

In Submission

+ Regional Tree Regularization for Interpretability in Black Box Models
Mike Wu, Sonali Parbhoo, Michael C. Hughes, Ryan Kindle, Leo Celi, Maurizio Zazzi, Volker Roth, Finale Doshi-Velez. Submitted 2019. (draft)

+ Pragmatic inference and Visual Abstraction Enable Contextual Flexibility during Visual Communication
Judith Fan, Robert X.D. Hawkins, Mike Wu, Noah Goodman. Submitted 2019. (draft).

+ Meta-Amortized Variational Inference and Learning
Kristy Choi (*), Mike Wu (*), Noah Goodman, Stefano Ermon. Submitted 2019. (draft)
(*) equal contribution


+ Differentiable Antithetic Sampling for Variance Reduction in Stochastic Variational Inference
Mike Wu, Noah Goodman, Stefano Ermon. AISTATS 2019. (paper)

+ Zero Shot Learning for CodeEducation: Rubric Sampling with Deep Learning Inference
Mike Wu, Milan Mosse, Noah Goodman, Chris Piech. AAAI 2019. (paper) (oral) (best student paper)

+ Multimodal Generative Models for Scalable Weakly Supervised Learning
Mike Wu, Noah Goodman. NeurIPS 2018. (paper)

+ Tree Regularization of Deep Models for Interpretability
Mike Wu, Michael C. Hughes, Sonali Parbhoo, Maurizio Zazzi, Volker Roth, Finale Doshi-Velez. AAAI 2018. (paper) (spotlight)

+ Predicting intervention onset in the ICU with switching statespace models
Marzyeh Ghassemi, Mike Wu, Michael C. Hughes, Finale Doshi-Velez. CRI 2017. (paper) (best paper nomination)

+ Understanding Vassopressor Intervention and Weaning: Risk Prediction in a Public Heterogeneous Clinical Time Series Database
Mike Wu, Marzyeh Ghassemi, Mengling Feng, Leo Anthony Celi, Peter Szolovitz, Finale Doshi-Velez. JAMIA 2016. (paper)

+ Edge-based Crowd Detection from Single Image Datasets
Mike Wu, Madhu Krishnan. IJCSI 2013. (paper)

+ Autonomous Mapping and Navigation through Utilization of Edge-based Optical Flow and Time-to-Collision
Madhu Krishnan, Mike Wu, Young Kang, Sarah H. Lee. ARPN 2012. Intel ISEF Semifinalist. (paper)

Conference Presentations

+ Modeling contextual flexibility in visual communication
Judith Fan, Robert X.D. Hawkins, Mike Wu, Noah Goodman. VSS 2018.

+ Spreadsheet probabilistic programming
William Smith, Mike Wu, Yura Perov, Frank Wood, Hongseok Yang. PROBPROG 2018. (paper)