Hassan Ashtiani


Assistant Professor
Department of Computing and Software
Faculty of Engineering
McMaster University

Email: zokaeiam@mcmaster.ca
Phone: +1-905-525-9140 ext. 27234
Office: ITB 246
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Research

Broadly speaking, my research interests revolve around Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, and Theoretical Computer Science. I am interested in formulating new/emerging learning scenarios (including various forms of unsupervised learning), and providing provably efficient methods for -- or establishing inherent limitations in -- solving them.

Some of the directions that I am currently focusing on are
  • Statistically/Computationally Efficient Distribution Learning
  • Differentially Private Distribution Learning
  • Domain Adaptation and Robust Learning Under Distribution Shift
  • Learning under Adversarial Attacks

  • Highlighted Publications [Full List]

    1. Adversarially Robust Learning with Tolerance [paper]
      Hassan Ashtiani, Vinayak Pathak, Ruth Urner
      Preprint

    2. Private and polynomial time algorithms for learning Gaussians and beyond [paper]
      Hassan Ashtiani, Christopher Liaw
      Preprint

    3. Privately Learning Mixtures of Axis-Aligned Gaussians [paper]
      Ishaq Aden-Ali, Hassan Ashtiani, Christopher Liaw
      NeurIPS 2021

    4. On the Sample Complexity of Privately Learning Unbounded High-Dimensional Gaussians [paper]
      Ishaq Aden-Ali, Hassan Ashtiani, Gautam Kamath
      ALT 2021

    5. Near-optimal Sample Complexity Bounds for Robust Learning of Gaussian Mixtures via Compression Schemes [paper], [arXiv]
      Hassan Ashtiani, Shai Ben-David, Nick Harvey, Chris Liaw, Abbas Mehrabian, Yaniv Plan
      Journal of the ACM, 2020

    6. Black-box Certification and Learning under Adversarial Perturbations [paper]
      Hassan Ashtiani, Vinayak Pathak, Ruth Urner
      ICML 2020

    7. Nearly tight sample complexity bounds for learning mixtures of Gaussians via sample compression schemes [paper]
      Hassan Ashtiani, Shai Ben-David, Nick Harvey, Chris Liaw, Abbas Mehrabian, Yaniv Plan
      NeurIPS (NIPS) 2018, Oral Presentation (Best Paper Award)

    8. Clustering with Same-Cluster Queries [paper, slides, video]
      Hassan Ashtiani, Shrinu Kushagra, Shai Ben-David
      NIPS 2016, Oral Presenattion