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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at ETH Zurich (since 2016). The goal of my research is to make machine learning techniques widely accessible—while being cost-efficient and trustworthy—to everyone who wants to use them to make our world a better place.

Before ETH, I finished my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent another year as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford, both advised by Chris Ré. I did my undergraduate study at Peking University, advised by Bin Cui.

With a background in data management, we believe in a system approach. Our current research focues on building next-generation machine learning platforms and systems that are data-centric, human-centric, and declaratively scalable.

[Email: ce.zhang@inf.ethz.ch] [Google Scholar] [Twitter]

Check out a summary of our research here. We are also building up two exciting start-ups:

  • Together Computer: A decentralized cloud for artificial intelligence, with the mission to bring the world’s computation together to support the open models ecosystem.
  • Modulos.AI: A data-centric AI enterprise platform helps you find the errors, noise and bias in your data so you can build fairer and better AI, faster.

As a research group, one of our most important duties is to nurture the next generation of leaders, which arguably gives us the most significant long-lasting impact to the society. Over the years, students graduated from our groups have became professors in great universities and researchers and engineers in leading industrial companies. See a list and their achievements here.

We are super lucky to have been involved in several community building efforts, from machine learning systems, data management for ML, to Data-centric AI. Here are a few recent positioning papers on various topics (joint work with many fellow researchers):


We are always looking for top candidates for PhDs and Postdocs with background in systems or theory on data management, mathematical optimization, and machine learning. Feel free to reach out!


News and Student Highlights


Recent/Upcoming Events

NeurIPS 2022

  • 11/29/2022 09:30-11:30 (PST): Come by our WiML roundtable if you are interested in ML Systems.
  • We will also present five papers, including one Oral and two Spotlights, on decentralized learning, vertical federated learning, reasoning, and robustness
    • Binhang Yuan, Yongjun He: Decentralized Training of Foundation Models in Heterogeneous Environments (Oral)
    • Binhang Yuan, Jue Wang: Fine-tuning Language Models over Slow Networks using Activation Quantization with Guarantees
    • Jiawei Jiang: VF-PS: How to Select Important Participants in Vertical Federated Learning, Efficiently and Securely?
    • Zhuolin Yang, Zhikuan Zhao: Improving Certified Robustness via Statistical Learning with Logical Reasoning
    • Mintong Kang, Linyi Li: Certifying Some Distributional Fairness with Subpopulation Decomposition

VLDB 2022

  • We will present five papers, including the Bagua system that enables decentralization, asynchronization, and communication compression for scalable distributed learning, and other topics on fraud detection (with eBay), differentiable ML pipelines, AutoML, and federated learning:
    • Shaoduo Gan, Xiangru Lian: BAGUA: Scaling up Distributed Learning with System Relaxations
    • Susie Rao, Shuai Zhang: xFraud: Explainable Fraud Transaction Detection
      • 09/07/2022, 23:30-01:00: [Paper]
    • Yang Li Hyper-Tune: Towards Efficient Hyper-parameter Tuning at Scale
      • 09/06/2022, 13:30-15:00: [Paper]
    • Zitao Li: Federated Matrix Factorization with Privacy Guarantee
      • 09/06/2022, 23:30-01:00: [Paper]
    • Gyeong-in Yu: WindTunnel: Towards Differentiable ML Pipelines Beyond a Single Model
      • 09/08/2022, 10:30-12:00: [Paper]