Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Virginia

Office: 422 Rice Hall
Mail: 85 Engineer's Way, Charlottesville, VA, 22903
Email: shangtong@virginia.edu

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Biography

Shangtong Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia, directing the Sequential Intelligence Lab (SIL). His research focuses on both theoretical and empirical aspects of reinforcement learning, which has resulted in multiple scholarly articles in major AI venues, e.g., JMLR, ICML, NeurIPS, including one that won the best paper award at AAMAS. He also regularly serves as Area Chair in major AI venues, e.g., ICLR, AISTATS, and panelists for major federal funding agencies, e.g., NSF. His research was recognized by the AAAI New Faculty Highlights program and he was selected as a Rising Star in AI by KAUST AI Initiative. He obtained his DPhil at the University of Oxford, during which time he spent some time with the DeepMind AlphaStar group. His DPhil thesis was recognized as the runner-up for the IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Dissertation Award. Prior to that, he received his MSc degree at the University of Alberta and BSc degree at Fudan University.

News

  • 2024/05: One paper is accepted at ICML 2024.
  • 2024/01: I will serve as Senior Area Chair for RL Conference 2024.
  • 2023/12: I am recognized as a Rising Star in AI by KAUST AI Initiative.
  • 2023/11: I serve as Area Chair for ICLR 2024.
  • 2023/11: I serve as Area Chair for AISTATS 2024.
  • 2023/09: NSF funded our project CRASH.
  • 2023/04: One paper is accepted at ICML 2023.
  • 2023/02: I gave a talk at AAAI 23 New Faculty Highlights.
  • 2022/12: My PhD thesis is recognized as the runner-up for the IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Dissertation Award.
  • 2022/10: One paper is accepted by JMLR.
  • 2022/08: I am offering CS6501: Topics in Reinforcement Learning this fall.
  • 2022/08: I joined UVA!
  • 2022/06: I defended my DPhil!
  • 2022/05: One paper is accepted by JMLR.
  • 2022/04: I will join UVA as an assistant professor starting from Fall 2022.
  • 2021/12: One paper is accepted at AAMAS 2022 for oral presentation.
  • 2021/12: One paper is accepted at AAAI 2022.
  • 2021/11: One paper about offline StarCraft II is accepted by Deep RL Workshop at NeurIPS.
  • 2021/09: I give a talk at the group meeting of the RL team at DeepMind.
  • 2021/09: I give a talk at Microsoft Research Summit.
  • 2021/06: I start interning at Microsoft Research Montreal.
  • 2021/05: Two papers are accepted at ICML 2021.
  • 2021/02: I start interning at DeepMind London.
  • 2020/12: One paper is accepted at AAAI 2021.
  • 2020/09: One paper is accepted at NeurIPS 2020.
  • 2020/06: Two papers are accepted at ICML 2020.
  • 2020/06: I start interning at Microsoft Research Montreal.
  • 2020/05: I’m awarded Light Senior Scholarship by St Catherine’s College.
  • 2020/05: One paper is awarded AAMAS 2020 Best Paper Award.
  • 2019/09: Two papers are accepted at NeurIPS 2019.