Department of Computer Science
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Center for Data Science (joint)
New York University
Tel: +1 (212) 998-3369
Office: 60 5th Ave, Rm 508, New York, NY, 10011
Mengye Ren is an assistant professor of computer science and data science at New York University (NYU). Before joining NYU, he was a visiting faculty researcher at Google Brain Toronto working with Prof. Geoffrey Hinton. He received B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (2015), and M.Sc. (2017) and Ph.D. (2021) in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, advised by Prof. Richard Zemel and Prof. Raquel Urtasun. From 2017 to 2021, he was also a senior research scientist at Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) and Waabi, working on self-driving vehicles. His research focuses on making machine learning more natural and human-like, in order for AIs to continually learn, adapt, and reason in naturalistic environments.
Areas: machine learning, computer vision, representation learning, meta-learning, few-shot learning, brain & cognitively inspired learning, robot learning, self-driving vehicles
My key research question is: how do we enable human-like, agent-based machine intelligence to continually learn, adapt, and reason in naturalistic environments? I am interested in the emergence of intelligence by learning from a point-of-view experience. Current research topics in my group are:
Memorization and forgetting in sequentially changing environments
Visual representation learning in the wild using egocentric videos
Few-shot learning, reasoning, and abstraction in vision and language
Human-AI alignment in personalized AI
NYU DS-GA 1008 / CSCI-GA 2572: Deep Learning (2024 spring)
NYU CSCI-GA 2565: Machine Learning (2023 fall) [website]
NYU DS-GA 1003: Machine Learning (2023 spring) [website]
Vector Institute: Deep Learning II (2020 fall)
UofT CSC 411: Machine Learning and Data Mining (2019 winter) [website]
2023/06: I am co-organizing Localized Learning Workshop at ICML 2023.
2023/04: One paper is accepted at CogSci 2023.
2023/02: One paper is accepted at CVPR 2023.
2023/01: Two papers are accepted at ICLR 2023.
2022/12: I gave an invited talk at NeurIPS 2022 Meta-Learn workshop.
2022/10: New preprint on biologically plausible learning with local activity perturbation.
2022/10: One paper accepted at MATH-AI workshop at NeurIPS.
2022/10: One paper accepted at MemARI workshop at NeurIPS.
2022/09: I have moved to New York and officially joined NYU.
[Full List] [Google Scholar] [dblp]
Online unsupervised learning of visual representations and categories. Mengye Ren, Tyler R. Scott, Michael L. Iuzzolino, Michael C. Mozer, Richard Zemel. arXiv preprint 2109.05675, 2022. [arxiv] [code] [html]
Self-supervised representation learning from flow equivariance. Yuwen Xiong, Mengye Ren, Wenyuan Zeng, Raquel Urtasun. ICCV, 2021. [arxiv] [html]
Learning novel concepts by imitating drawings. Alexander
*, Mengye Ren
*, Richard Zemel.
ICML, 2021. [arxiv] [code] [html]
Probing few-shot generalization with attributes. Mengye
*, Eleni Triantafillou
*, James Lucas
*, Jake Snell, Xaq Pitkow,
Andreas S. Tolias, Richard Zemel. arXiv preprint 2012.05895,
2020. [arxiv] [video]
Graph hypernetworks for neural architecture search. Chris Zhang, Mengye Ren, Raquel Urtasun. ICLR, 2019. [arxiv]
Learning to reweight examples for robust deep learning. Mengye Ren, Wenyuan Zeng, Bin Yang, Raquel Urtasun. ICML, 2018. [arxiv] [code] [video] [html]
Meta-learning for semi-supervised few-shot classification. Mengye
Ren, Eleni Triantafillou
*, Sachin Ravi
Snell, Kevin Swersky, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Hugo Larochelle, Richard S.
Zemel. ICLR, 2018. [link] [arxiv] [code]