Yuan Zhou

Yuan Zhou

Probabilistic programming, Machine learning, Bayesian inference

I’m a final year DPhil(PhD) student in the Department of Computer Science at University of Oxford. My current research interest lies in Probabilistic Programming and Machine Learning, especially in optimizing the design of Probabilsitic Programming Languages (PPLs) and automating efficient inferece algorithms in Probabilsitic Programming Systems (PPSs).

I am supervised by Hongseok Yang, Yee Whye Teh, Tom Rainforth, Sam Staton, and Frank Wood , and I am part of Oxford Statistical Machine Learning Group. I am also one of the student representatives in CoGS in CS.

Publications

2019

  • Y. Zhou , B. Gram-Hansen , T. Kohn , T. Rainforth , H. Yang , F. Wood , A Low-Level Probabilistic Programming Language for Non-Differentiable Models, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS), 2019.
    Project: bigbayes
  • Y. Zhou , B. Gram-Hansen , T. Kohn , T. Rainforth , H. Yang , F. Wood , LF-PPL: A Low-Level First Order Probabilistic Programming Language for Non-Differentiable Models, in The 22nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, 2019, 148–157.
    Project: bigbayes
  • Y. Zhou , H. Yang , Y. W. Teh , T. Rainforth , Divide, Conquer, and Combine: a New Inference Strategy for Probabilistic Programs with Stochastic Support, arXiv preprint arXiv:1910.13324, 2019.
    Project: bigbayes

2018

  • B. Gram-Hansen , Y. Zhou , T. Kohn , T. Rainforth , H. Yang , F. Wood , Hamiltonian Monte Carlo for Probabilistic Programs with Discontinuities, in International Conference on Probabilistic Programming, 2018.
  • T. Rainforth , Y. Zhou , X. Lu , Y. W. Teh , F. Wood , H. Yang , J. Meent , Inference Trees: Adaptive Inference with Exploration, arXiv preprint arXiv:1806.09550, 2018.
    Project: bigbayes
  • X. Lu , T. Rainforth , Y. Zhou , J. Meent , Y. W. Teh , On Exploration, Exploitation and Learning in Adaptive Importance Sampling, arXiv preprint arXiv:1810.13296, 2018.
    Project: bigbayes

Software

2019

  • Y. Zhou , B. Gram-Hansen , T. Kohn , T. Rainforth , H. Yang , F. Wood , A Low-Level Probabilistic Programming Language for Non-Differentiable Models, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS). 2019.
    Project: bigbayes