Hongyang Zhang headshot

Hongyang Zhang

Faculty Affiliate

Assistant Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo

Hongyang Zhang is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, member of the AI Institute and Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, and Faculty Affiliate of the Vector Institute. He is interested in the problems where beautiful theory and practical methodology meet, which broadly include theories and applications of machine learning and algorithms with an emphasis on robustness, security, and trustworthiness.

Hongyang completed his PhD degree in 2019 at the Machine Learning Department, at Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining Waterloo, he was a Postdoc fellow at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC). Hongyang graduated from Peking University in 2015. He had long-term visiting experiences at Simons Institute and IPAM.

Research Interests

  • Adversarial Learning
  • AI Safety
  • Privacy, Anonymity, and/or Security


  • 1st place (out of 1,559 teams) in CVPR 2021 Security AI Challenger
  • 1st place (out of 396 teams) in NeurIPS 2018 Adversarial Vision Challenge
  • Amazon Research Award
  • WAIC Yunfan Award
  • Citations of a single paper rank 13th in ICML’18-’23 according to Google Scholar Metrics