>_ Mido Assran

Ph.D. Student, McGill University
Hi! I'm Mahmoud Assran, people call me Mido.

I am a first year Ph.D. student and a Vadasz Doctoral Fellow in engineering at McGill University, supervised by Prof. Michael Rabbat. My research focuses on multi-agent algorithms for large-scale deep learning, with a recent foray into multi-agent reinforcement learning. I'm currently working on these problems as a Research Assistant at Facebook AI Research. Broadly speaking, I'm interesting in using multi-agent appraoches to develop computationally efficient learning algorithms.

[CV], [Scholar], [Overview]

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Mahmoud Assran, Joshua Romoff, Nicolas Ballas, Joelle Pineau, Michael Rabbat.
    "Gossip-based Actor-Learner Architectures for Deep Reinforcement Learning."
    Submitted to NeurIPS (under review), 2019.
  • Mahmoud Assran, Nicolas Loizou, Nicolas Ballas, Michael Rabbat.
    "Stochastic Gradient Push for Distributed Deep Learning."
    ICML, 2019.
    [paper], [code], [poster]
  • Mahmoud Assran, Nicolas Loizou, Nicolas Ballas, Michael Rabbat.
    "Stochastic Gradient Push for Distributed Deep Learning." (Workshop Version)
    Systems for Machine Learning Workshop, NeurIPS, 2018
    [paper], [poster]
  • Mahmoud Assran, Michael Rabbat.
    "Asynchronous Subgradient Push."
    Submitted to IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (under review), 2018.
    [paper], [code]
  • Mahmoud Assran.
    "Asynchronous Subgradient Push: Fast, Robust, and Scalable Multi-Agent Optimization."
    Masters Thesis, McGill University Libraries, 2018.
  • Mahmoud Assran, Michael Rabbat.
    "An Empirical Comparison of Multi-Agent Optimization Algorithms."
    IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing, 2017.
    [paper], [code], [poster]
Academic Reviewing

  • Neural Information Processing Systems
  • International Conference on Machine Learning
  • ReScience: ICLR Reproduciblity Challenge
  • IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
  • IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks
  • IEEE Signal Processing Magazine
Honours & Awards

  • Rhodes Scholar Finalst, Oxford University
    One of 12 finalists selected for the Rhodes Scholarship; Prairie Region (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta).
  • Graduate Mobility Award, McGill University
    To support student engagement in international research experiences outside of McGill, you will receive a guaranteed voucher for the Graduate Mobility Award (GMA) to help cover expenses associated with a visit/stay at a research lab, field work abroad, and/or visit with a research collaborator. The voucher can be claimed within the first 3 years of doctoral studies, upon nomination by the Department/School.
  • Vadasz Doctoral Fellowship, McGill University
    Les Vadasz is the cofounder of Intel. This fellowship was established in 2006 by the Vadasz Family Foundation to recruit outstanding students into the Faculty of Engineering's doctoral degree program.
  • McGill Engineering Doctoral Award, McGill University
    This award aims to recruit the best and brightest new doctoral students from all over the world. Selection for this award is based on the excellence of a student’s academic and research record, including publications, presentations and his or her potential to make a major impact on the quality of research in the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University and in the field of engineering.
  • Deans Honour List (Designation for Graduating Students), McGill University
    Awarded to students in the top 10% of the faculty's graduating class. This calculation is based on the CGPA.
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University
    Nomination for this award is at the discretion of the Department or School.
  • McGill Engineering Undergraduate Student Graduate Award, McGill University
    Competitive recruitment funding to assist in attracting and retaining high caliber undergraduate students with demonstrated academic excellence, as well as applied research experience, into the Faculty’s research Graduate Programs.
  • Ian McLachlin Prize for Entrepreneurship in Engineering, McGill University
    Established in 1998 by Ian McLachlin, B.Eng. 1960, to encourage Engineering students to undertake Entrepreneurial Studies. Awarded by the Faculty of Engineering.
  • Les Vadasz Award in Engineering, McGill University
    Les Vadasz is the cofounder of Intel. Awarded annually, by the Faculty of Engineering, to a student based on high academic standing with a preference given to an interest in, and contribution towards, engineering sustainability and/or design.
  • Faculty of Engineering Scholarship, McGill University
    (Awarded to Top 5%) Established in 1992 by the University to provide awards based on academic achievement to students in the top 5% of the Faculty. Granted by the Faculty of Engineering Scholarships Committee based on good academic standing.
  • Accenture Prize in Engineering and Science, McGill University
    Awarded by the Faculty Scholarships Committees, upon recommendation of the respective departments, on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated leadership qualities.
  • NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award, McGill University
    Undergraduate summer research award, granted by the university and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, based on the student’s academic record, research aptitude, and merit.
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Winter School Scholarship
    Awarded by the IEEE Signal Processing Society on the basis of merit to engineering students.
  • John Howard Ambrose Award, McGill University
    Awarded by the Faculty of Engineering Scholarships Committee on the basis of merit to engineering students.
  • John Green Memorial Award, McGill University
    For the student with highest standing in the penultimate year of Honours Electrical Engineering. Awarded on the recommendation of the Department.
  • 1st Place Google/PCH Hardware Hackathon, Google
    (Awarded $5000 cash scholarship and $50,000 in product services; e.g., manufacturing, incorporation fees, etc.) Developed a solution and a prototype to provide Internet access to developing communities by utilizing a distributed data mesh with an offline search engine.
  • McCaig Family Scholarship in Engineering, McGill University
    Awarded by the Faculty of Engineering to undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of the B.Eng. program on the basis of high academic standing.
  • Christie Steinmetz Award, McGill University
    Awarded to a second year student in Electrical Engineering on the basis of academic performance and demonstration of exceptional promise as an engineer. Awarded on the recommendation of the Department.

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