Wenlong Mou (牟文龙)

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Portrait credited to Rui Zhang

PhD student,
Department of EECS,
UC Berkeley
Office: 264 Cory Hall, Berkeley, CA
Phone: +1 510 409 5625
E-mail: wmou [@] berkeley [DOT] edu
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About me

I am a third-year Ph.D. student at Department of EECS, UC Berkeley. I'm very fortunate to be advised by Prof. Martin Wainwright and Prof. Peter Bartlett. Prior to Berkeley, I received B.S. in Computer Science from Peking University in 2017, where I was fortunate to work with Prof. Liwei Wang. In 2016, I spent a wonderful summer at CMU, working with Prof. Nina Balcan. In summer 2019, I worked as a research intern with Dr. Zheng Wen at Adobe Research.


My research interests are broadly in statistics, machine learning theory, optimization and applied probability. The goal of my research is to push the frontier of computational/statistical possibilities for big data analysis, under minimal assumptions. Currently, I'm particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Theory of Bayesian inference, asymptotic and non-asymptotic analysis of posterior distributions, mean-field variational approximation.

  • Diffusion process and SDEs, High-dimensional sampling algorithm, Interplay between optimization and sampling, discretization of SDEs.

  • High-dimensional statistical inference with stochastic processes, statistical analysis of iterative algorithms, stochastic approximation.

  • Reinforcement learning theory, statistical complexity of exploration, geometry of Bellman equations, model-free RL and model misspecification.


  1. Wenlong Mou, Nicolas Flammarion, Martin Wainwright, Peter Bartlett, " Improved Bounds for Discretization of Langevin Diffusions: Near-optimal rates without Convexity ", under revision (arXiv)

  2. Wenlong Mou, Nhat Ho (equal contribution), Martin Wainwright, Peter Bartlett, Michael Jordan, " A Diffusion Process Perspective on Posterior Contraction Rates for Parameters", under revision (arXiv)

  3. Wenlong Mou, Zheng Wen, Xi Chen, " On the Sample Complexity of Reinforcement Learning with Policy Space Generalization ", under review

  4. Wenlong Mou, Chris Junchi Li, Martin Wainwright, Peter Bartlett, Michael Jordan, "On Linear Stochastic Approximation: Fine-grained Polyak-Ruppert and Non-Asymptotic Concentration", In COLT 2020 (arXiv)

  5. Wenlong Mou, Yi-An Ma (equal contribution), Martin Wainwright, Peter Bartlett, Michael Jordan, " High-Order Langevin Diffusion Yields an Accelerated MCMC Algorithm ", under review (arXiv)

  6. Wenlong Mou, Nicolas Flammarion, Martin Wainwright, Peter Bartlett, " An Efficient Sampling Algorithm for Non-smooth Composite Potentials", under review (arXiv)

  7. Wenlong Mou, Nhat Ho, Martin Wainwright, Peter Bartlett, Michael Jordan, " Sampling for Bayesian Mixture Models: MCMC with Polynomial-Time Mixing", under review (arXiv)

  8. Wenlong Mou, Liwei Wang, Xiyu Zhai, Kai Zheng, "Generalization Bounds of SGLD for Non-convex Learning: Two Theoretical Viewpoints", In COLT 2018 (alphabetical order)

  9. Wenlong Mou, Yuchen Zhou, Jun Gao, Liwei Wang "Dropout Training, Data-dependent Regularization and Generalization Bounds ", In ICML 2018

  10. Maria-Florina Balcan, Travis Dick, Yingyu Liang, Wenlong Mou and Hongyang Zhang, "Differentially Private Clustering in High-dimensional Euclidean Space", In ICML 2017 (alphabetical order)

  11. Kai Zheng, Wenlong Mou (equal contribution), Liwei Wang, "Collect at Once, Use Effec-tively: Making Non-interactive Locally Private Learning Possible", In ICML 2017


I'm fortunate to have collaborated with following people (in reverse chronological order):
Chris Junchi Li, Zheng Wen, Xi Chen, Tianyi Lin, Jiantao Jiao, Yian Ma, Nhat Ho, Nicolas Flammarion, Yuansi Chen, Raaz Dwivedi, Peter Bartlett, Martin Wainwright, Yuchen Zhou, Jun Gao, Xiyu Zhai, Hongyang Zhang, Yingyu Liang, Colin White, Travis Dick, Maria-Florina Balcan, Kai Zheng, Jiaqi Zhang, Zhi Wang, Liwei Wang