Harry Zhao (Mingde Zhao, 赵明德)
Artificial Intelligence Researcher

I am a researcher at Mila (L'Institut québécois d'intelligence artificielle, Quebec AI Institute), Montréal, Canada. Meanwhile, I study as a master student in the School of Computer Science at McGill University and is under the supervision of Prof. Doina Precup and Prof. Xiao-Wen Chang. I am currently working on capturing human consciousness with Prof. Yoshua Bengio and have broad interests on the general aspects of artificial intelligence, specifically Suttonian reinforcement learning (:D) and meta-learning.


META-Learning State-based λ for More Sample-Efficient Policy Evaluation

Mingde Zhao, Sitao Luan, Ian Porada, Xiao-Wen Chang and Doina Precup
Conference paper
Submitted, 2019

Break the Ceiling: Stronger Multi-scale Deep Graph Convolutional Networks

Sitao Luan & Mingde Zhao (co-first authors), Xiao-Wen Chang and Doina Precup
Conference paper
Accepted, 2019

SOOPLAT: PLATform for Single Objective Optimization

Experiment platform
Open-source, 2019

Online Decisioning Meta-Heuristic Framework for Large Scale Black-Box Optimization

Mingde Zhao, Hongwei Ge, Yi Lian, Yaqing Hou, Guozhen Tan and C. L. Philip Chen
Journal paper
Preprint of Submission, 2019

A Many-Objective Evolutionary Algorithm with Two Interacting Processes: Cascade Clustering and Reference Point Incremental Learning

Hongwei Ge & Mingde Zhao (co-first authors), Liang Sun, Zhen Wang, Guozhen Tan, Qiang Zhang and C. L. Philip Chen
Journal paper
Published, 2018

Professional Skills



Machine learning, theories of learning, reinforcement learning and evolutionary methods.


MATLAB, python, C, C++ and LaTeX.


Numerical computation and estimation, optimization and machine learning theories.


MSc Computer Science

McGill University
2018 - Present
Master of Computer Science (Thesis), with research orientation on Artificial Intelligence.
CGPA: 4.0/4.0.

Honored BEng. Computer Science and Technology

Dalian University of Technology
2014 - 2018
Honored Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology.
Received the award of Distinguished Student Researcher, 2018.
CGPA (Computer Science): 4.0/4.0.
Weighted percentage: 91%.

Minor BSc Creative Practices

Dalian University of Technology
2014 - 2017
Minor Bachelor of Creative Practices, with research orientation on humanoid robotics.

Work Experiences


2019 - now

I joined the Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms (Mila) as a researcher in the beginning of the year 2019.

Dalian University of Technology

Research Assistant
2017 - 2018

I was employed as the only student research assistant in the School of Computer Science. I worked with the vice dean Prof. Hongwei Ge. We co-authored several journal and conference papers until I have graduated from DUT.


Algorithm Engineer Lead
2016 - 2017

I worked as an algorithm engineer intern in the Intelligent Affairs department during my summer vacation and winter vacation, awarded the excellent intern of the year.