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Leonard Adolphs

PhD Student

Data Analytics Lab

ETH Zurich

Biography

I am a second year PhD student in the Data Analytics Lab at ETH Zurich. Currently, I'm working on natural language processing and non-convex optimization.

Prior to this, I obtained a Master’s degree from ETH in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s degree from KIT Karlsruhe in electrical engineering.

A copy of my CV can be found here.

Interests

  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Non-Convex Optimization

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science, 2018 - Today

    ETH Zurich

  • MSc in Computer Science, 2016 - 2018

    ETH Zurich

  • BSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, 2013 - 2016

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Publications

LeDeepChef 👨🏻‍🍳 : Deep Reinforcement Learning Agent for Families of Text-Based Games

AAAI 2020

While Reinforcement Learning (RL) approaches lead to significant achievements in a variety of areas in recent history, natural …

Ellipsoidal Trust Region Methods and the Marginal Value of Hessian Information for Neural Network Training

NeurIPS 2019 Workshop: Beyond First-Order Methods in ML

We investigate the use of ellipsoidal trust region constraints for second-order …

Local Saddle Point Optimization: A Curvature Exploitation Approach

AISTATS 2019

Gradient-based optimization methods are the most popular choice for finding local optima for classical minimization and …

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Research Intern

Google Zurich

March 2020 – July 2020 Zurich, Switzerland
 
 
 
 
 

PhD Student

Data Analytics Lab, ETH Zurich

August 2018 – Present Zurich, Switzerland
Research Interests:

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Non-Convex Optimization
 
 
 
 
 

MSc Computer Science

ETH Zurich

September 2016 – June 2018 Zurich, Switzerland

GPA: 5.71 / 6

Thesis: Non Convex-Concave Saddle Point Optimization

Focus:

  • Machine Learning
  • Information Systems
 
 
 
 
 

Software Engineer

sovanta AG

July 2015 – November 2016 Heidelberg, Germany
Software Design and Development of native iOS and Android Apps for business customers.
 
 
 
 
 

BSc Electrical Engineering

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

October 2013 – August 2016 Karlsruhe, Germany

Programming Skills

Python

ML Frameworks

PyTorch, Tensorflow

R

iOS Development

Swift, Objective-C

VCS

git

DevOps

Teaching Assistant

Natural Language Understanding

Deep Learning

Machine Learning

Contact

  • CAB F 42.1, Universitätstrasse 6, Zürich, 8006