We're all here on this earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for, I have no idea.
I am currently a PhD student at McGill University and Mila, the Quebec AI Institute, advised by Michael Rabbat. I am also a Visiting Researcher at Facebook AI Research in the Montreal lab. I grew up in the land of living skies, but have been pursuing my studies (and practicing my french) out east. My doctoral research is graciously supported through a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
I am interested in educational learning theories and am the principal founder of YETE, a Canadian not-for-profit advancing youth education by fostering a self-guided constructivist approach to learning. We work with students and teachers, in-class, roughly once a week, for their entire semester, and have collaborated with the English Montreal School Board and the Kahnawà:ke Education Center. Visit our page to learn more.
Efficient learning is a hallmark of human intelligence. We can learn concepts from few examples using a brain that runs on the energy-equivalent of an electric razor. As such, I am interested in developing algorithms that enable computers to efficiently learn semantically meaningful representations of the world from few examples, and with little energy. To that end, I have focused on deep learning algorithms for self- and semi-supervised learning and optimization algorithms for large-scale distributed computing. My research has been featured in several media outlets, including VentureBeat, TechCrunch, and SiliconANGLE. I have also served as a reviewer for numerous machine learning and control conferences and journals, and as an expert reviewer for ICML and NeurIPS. Check out my public talk on PAWS for a sense of my current research directions. This work was also accepted as an Oral at ICCV'21.
How is it possible to think new thoughts? What is creativity and can science explain it?
For a full list of up-to-date publications visit google scholar.
Masked Siamese Networks for Label-Efficient Learning
Semi-Supervised Learning of Visual Features by Non-Parametrically Predicting Views Assignments with Support Samples
Asynchronous Gradient Push: Fast, Robust, and Scalable Multi-Agent Optimization
Supervision Accelerates Pretraining in Contrastive Semi-Supervised Learning of Visual Representations
On the Convergence of Nesterov's Accelerated Gradient Method in Stochastic Settings
Advances in Asynchronous Parallel and Distributed Optimization
Gossip-based Actor-Learner Architectures for Deep Reinforcement Learning
Stochastic Gradient Push for Distributed Deep Learning
An Empirical Comparison of Multi-Agent Optimization Algorithms
Reproducibility is a minimum necessary condition for a finding to be believable and informative.
Open-source code accompanying peer-reviewed research papers.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
I have been salesman of the month for 13 of the last 12 months. You heard me right. I did so well last February that Corporate gave me two plaques in lieu of a pay raise.
NSERC — $150,000
The Vanier CGS plays an important role in fulfilling the Government of Canada’s Science and Technology strategy to promote the development and application of leading-edge knowledge and attract and retain the world’s top graduate students.
NSERC — $105,000
Awarded to the top-ranked doctoral students in Canada, to ensure a reliable supply of qualified personnel to meet the needs of Canada’s knowledge economy.
McGill University— $48,000
Established in 2006 by the Vadasz Family Foundation to recruit outstanding students intothe Faculty of Engineering’s doctoral degree program.
McGill University— $72,000
This award aims to recruit the best and brightest new doctoral students from all over the world.
To support student engagement in international research experiences outside of McGill.
McGill University— $35,000
Competitive recruitment funding to assist in attracting and retaining high caliber undergraduate students with demonstrated academic excellence, as well as applied research experience, into the Faculty’s research Graduate Programs.
Nomination for this award is at the discretion of the Department or School. Selection forthis award is based on the excellence of a student’s academic and research record.
University of Oxford
One of 12 finalists selected for three available Rhodes Scholarships, an international post-graduate scholarship to study at the University of Oxford.
Established in 1998 by Ian McLachlin, B.Eng. 1960, to encourage Engineering students to undertake Entrepreneurial Studies. Awarded by the Faculty of Engineering.
The Dean’s Honour List for undergraduate students recognizes those who rank in the top 10% of the Faculty of Engineering.
Awarded annually, by the Faculty of Engineering, to a student based on high academic standing with a preference given to an interest in, and contribution towards, engineering sustainability and/or design.
Awarded by the Faculty Scholarships Committees, upon recommendation of the respective departments, on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated leadership qualities.
Awarded based on academic achievement to students in the top 5% of the Faculty. Granted by the Faculty of Engineering ScholarshipsCommittee based on good academic standing.
Undergraduate Student Research Award, granted by the university and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, based on the student’s academic record, research aptitude, and merit.
Awarded by the Faculty of Engineering Scholarships Committee on the basis of merit to engineering students.
IEEE Signal Processing Society
Awarded by the IEEE Signal Processing Society on the basis of merit to engineering students.
For the student with highest standing in the penultimate year of Honours Electrical Engineering. Awarded on the recommendation of the Department.
Google, O'Reilly, PCH — $55,000
(Awarded $5000 cash scholarship and $50,000 in product services; e.g., manufacturing, incorporation fees, etc.). Developed a solution and a prototype to provide Internet access to developing communities by utilizing a distributed data mesh with an offline search engine.
Awarded to a second year student in Electrical Engineering on the basis of academicperformance and demonstration of exceptional promise as an engineer. Awarded on therecommendation of the Department.
Awarded by the Faculty of Engineering to undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of the B.Eng. program on the basis of high academic standing.
A hobby is only fun if you don't have time to do it.
I love to play soccer and had the honour of representing the province of Saskatchewan at the Canada Games and Western Canada Games, broadcast on TSN. I also played several preseasons with the McGill University Men’s Varsity Soccer Team.
I also love to play tennis and competed at the Rogers Junior Nationals competition twice, on one occasion as the second seed from the province of Saskatchewan, and on the second occasion as the first seed. I am a certified Tennis Canada instructor now.
When it comes to music I don't discriminate by genre... I listen to just about everything! I also play the guitar and bass clairinet (though not for a while). In my youth I had the honour competing at MusicFest Canada "The Nationals," on a couple of occasions.