Jason D. Lee

Jason Lee 

Jason D. Lee
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I am teaching DSO 599 Statistical Methodology and Machine Learning in Spring 2018. See here for topics. Non-Marshall graduate students need to fill out the following form, and send it to registration@marshall.usc.edu. Please contact me if you are having trouble enrolling.

Students, Visitors, and Postdocs

I am searching for a postdoc working in statistics, machine learning, or optimization. Please email me a CV and three representative publications.

USC PhD students interested in machine learning, statistics, or optimization research, please contact me.

Potential visitors are also welcome to contact me. I cannot provide funding for visitors.

About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Data Sciences and Operations department, Computer Science Department (courtesy), and a member of the Machine Learning Center. Previously, I was a postdoc at UC Berkeley working with Michael Jordan. Before that, I was a PhD student in Applied Math advised by Trevor Hastie and Jonathan Taylor from the Statistics department. I received a BS in Mathematics from Duke University advised by Mauro Maggioni. I am a native of Cupertino, CA and attended Lynbrook High School.

My research interests are in

  • Statistics (Statistical Learning and High-dimensional Statistics)

  • Machine Learning

  • Optimization.

My current focus is on non-convex optimization, in particular deep neural networks, and statistical inference.


  • NIPS 2016 Best Student Paper Award for ‘‘Matrix Completion has no Spurious Local Minima".

Selected Publications