Aaron Lou

Stanford CS PhD

I am an incoming PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford! My graduate studies will be funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Previously, I completed my undergraduate studies at Cornell, where I was advised by Professor Chris De Sa.

I'm primarily interested in applications of topological and geometric methods in deep learning, and in my free time I enjoy competitive math and coding. You can read my blog
here, where I talk about a variety of topics of interest.

[Email:   al968@cornell.edu] [Google Scholar] [LinkedIn] [Github] [CV]


  • Jun 2021: Equivariant Manifold Flows accepted to ICML INNF+ workshop
  • May 2021: I graduated from Cornell!
  • Apr 2021: Excited to attend Stanford next semester for my PhD! I will be supported by an NSF Graduate Student Fellowship.
  • Dec 2020: Honorable mention in CRA 2021
  • Sep 2020: Paper accepted at NeurIPS 2020 and paper accepted to NeurIPS DiffGeo4DL workshop
  • Aug 2020: Completed research internship at Facebook
  • Jul 2020: Paper accepted at ICML 2020 and a spotlight at INNF workshop


Equivariant Manifold Flows
ICML INNF+ Workshop 2021

Isay Katsman*, Aaron Lou*, Derek Lim*, Qingxuan Jiang*, Ser-Nam Lim, Christopher De Sa

Deep Riemannian Manifold Learning
NeurIPS Geo4dl Workshop 2020

Aaron Lou, Maximilian Nickel, Brandon Amos

Neural Manifold Ordinary Differential Equations
NeurIPS 2020

Aaron Lou*, Derek Lim*, Isay Katsman*, Leo Huang*, Qingxuan Jiang, Ser-Nam Lim, Christopher De Sa

Differentiating through the Fréchet Mean
ICML 2020

Aaron Lou*, Isay Katsman*, Qingxuan Jiang*, Serge Belongie, Ser-Nam Lim, Christopher De Sa

Adversarial Example Decomposition
ICML SPML Workshop 2019

Horace He, Aaron Lou*, Qingxuan Jiang*, Isay Katsman*, Serge Belongie, Ser-Nam Lim

(* indicates equal contribution)

Industry Experience

Facebook AI

Research Intern
May 2020 - Aug 2020


Software Engineering Intern
May 2019 - Aug 2019


Cornell University Artificial Intelligence

Sept 2020 - May 2021

Undergraduate Researcher
Aug 2018 - May 2021

Cornell ICPC

Competitive Programmer
Aug 2018 - May 2021