Richard Guo

(a.k.a. Fangjian Guo / 郭方健 / richardkwo)
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Machine Learning @ MIT
Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (Course 6, EECS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Stata Center, Building 32-G480
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139


Research Interests

  • Statistical/Bayesian inference, the associated optimization techniques, and their connection to sampling

  • Theoretical underpinning of recent advances in reinforcement learning

  • Design and analysis of learning algorithms: MCMC, stochastic/approximate algorithms, relaxations

  • Stochastic processes and nonparametrics: modeling for social interactions (networks), human behaviors and decisions

  • Connecting ML and statistical mechanics: Monte Carlo, belief propagation, phase transition, etc.


  • Typography & typesetting

  • Graphical design

  • Classical poetry (mostly Chinese)

  • Badminton

  • Reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and other stuff of this flavor!

  • Physics (and yes, it is a hobby): I find this very engaging.

  • Exploring other interesting stuff (and yes, it is a recursion)