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Prof. Kangwook Lee
Kangwook is the Dugald C. Jackson Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Computer Sciences Department (by courtesy) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also leads deep learning research at Krafton. Previously, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the Information and Electronics Research Institute of KAIST. Before that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the same institute. He received his PhD in May 2016 from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley and his Master of Science degree from the same department in December 2012. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from KAIST in May 2010.

PhD students

Nayoung Lee (ECE), co-advised with Prof. Dimitris Papailiopoulos
Nayoung’s research interests include distributed machine learning and the underlying theories. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Seoul National University, in 2018 and 2020. She is a recipient of the Korean Government Scholarship Program for Study Overseas.

Liu Yang (CS), co-advised with Prof. Rob Nowak and Prof. Dimitris Papailiopoulos
Liu is interested in the theoretical understanding of machine learning. She received her B.E. in Computer Science from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2020.

Yuchen Zeng (CS)
Yuchen is interested in machine learning, including both theory and algorithms. She completed her M.S at the Department of Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020. Prior to UW-Madison, she received her B.S. in Statistics from Nankai University in 2019.

Ziqian Lin (CS)
Ziqian is interested in trustworthy and scalable ML systems. He received his B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2019.

Joseph Shenouda (ECE), co-advised with Prof. Rob Nowak
Joseph is interested in developing and theoretically analyzing signal processing and machine learning algorithms, using tools from applied math, optimization and statistics. He is currently interested in machine learning algorithms for graph structured data. He received his B.S. in ECE at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2021 and is a recipient of the ECE 2021 Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship.

Ying Fan (CS)
Ying is insterested in designing efficient and adaptive machine learning agents that have the potential to function well in the open world. She received her B.S. in Data Science from Yuanpei College, Peking University in 2019.

Undergraduate students

Jackson Kunde (Math and CS)
Jackson is interested in advancing the capabilities of AI systems and ensuring that they are reliable, safe, and interpretable. His research focuses on developing principled theoretical frameworks and experimental implementations. He is a recipient of the 2024-–2025 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship.

Ethan Ewer (ECE, Math, Violin Performance)
Ethan is interested in machine learning and signal processing. His research is focused on theory and algorithms.

Alumni (postdocs)

  • Dr. Jy-yong Sohn (Postdoc, 3/2021 – 12/2022) => Assistant Professor at Yonsei University, Korea
  • Dr. Daewon Seo (Postdoc, 1/2020 – 7/2021) => Assistant Professor at DGIST, Korea

Alumni (PhD students)

Alumni (MS students)

  • Ruisu Zhang (2024) => Machine Learning Engineer at WeRide
  • Andrew Geng (2023) => Research Engineer at IBM
  • Liang Shang (2021) => PhD student at UW Madison

Alumni (undergraduate students)

  • Bryce Chen (2023-2024 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate Fellow, 4/2022 - 5/2024) => PhD student at University of Washington, Seattle
  • Michael Gira (2022–2023 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate Fellow, 1/2021 – 5/2023) => Software Engineer at Microsoft

Furry collaborators

Bokdol Lee (Philosophy, Math, and Kinesiology)
Bokdol is a Maltese from South Korea. With his three PhDs, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to search for the perfect doggie life. He muses about the purpose of life, calculates the golden ratio of food/exercise/sleep, and analyzes the biomechanics of running and jumping. He gets his most creative ideas while taking naps.