• Email: zsw [at] umn.edu
  • 6-225E Keller Hall
  • 200 Union Street SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455

My name is Zhiwei Steven Wu. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Computer Science & Engineering Department. I spent a year as a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research-New York City. Before that, I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, where I was extremely fortunate to have been co-advised by Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth.

I am broadly interested in algorithms and machine learning, especially in the areas of privacy-preserving data analysis, fairness in machine learning, and algorithmic economics.

My CV can be found here.

I am currently looking for self-motivated and mathematically mature PhD students!


  • Feb, 2019 - I received a Google Faculty Research Award!
  • Feb, 2019 - I received a J.P. Morgan AI Research Faculty Award!
  • Jan, 2019 - I am in Berkeley for the Simons Institute Semester on Data Privacy!
  • Jan, 2019 - One paper accepted at The Web Conference'19 with oral presentation.
  • December, 2018 - With Haiyi Zhu, we received the Facebook Research Award on Mechanism Design for Social Good!
  • October, 2018 - One paper accepted at FAT*'19.
  • September, 2018 - Our paper on a smoothed analysis of the greedy algorithm for the linear contextual bandit problem was accepted for a spotlight at NIPS'18.
  • July, 2018 - I will be serving as a Statistic/ML track chair at FAT* 2019. Submit your best work!


(Unless specified otherwise, authors are listed in alphabetical order.)




Program Committees: EC 2019, FAT* 2019 (track co-chair), AAAI 2019, NPSML4H18, EC 2018, ICML 2018, WWW 2018, ICML 2017

During my undergraduate, I was involved in Bard Prison Initiative and serving as a math tutor in New York Eastern Correctional Facility.