Zheqing (Bill) Zhu
Head of Applied Reinforcement Learning
Facebook (Meta) AI
Zheqing (Bill) Zhu is an Engineering Manager at Meta AI, where he serves as the Head of Applied Reinforcement Learning. His main interest lies in bringing state-of-the-art reinforcement learning technologies to real-life and bridging the gap between theoretical reinforcement learning and real-world systems. Prior to serving as Head of Applied Reinforcement Learning, he was the engineering manager and tech lead for Meta’s Ads Growth Machine Learning team, where he built the team from scratch and enabled exponential growth in business market for Meta.
Engineering Manager - Head of Applied Reinforcement Learning, Facebook (Meta) AI, 2021 - now
Engineering Manager / Tech Lead, Ads Growth Machine Learning, Facebook (Meta), 2018 - 2021
Machine Learning Engineer, Ads Growth Machine Learning, Facebook (Meta), 2017 - 2018
Selected Publicly Available Research
Non-Stationary Contextual Bandit Learning via Neural Predictive Ensemble Sampling
ArXiv Link, Submitted to ICLR 2024 and Also Presented at INFORMS 2023
Zheqing Zhu, Yueyang Liu, Xu Kuang, Benjamin Van Roy
Offline Reinforcement Learning for Optimizing Production Bidding Policies
ArXiv Link, Submitted to WWW 2024
Dmytro Korenkevych, Frank Cheng, Artsiom Balakir, Alex Nikulkov, Zhihao Cen, Zuobing Xu, Zheqing Zhu (PI)
Optimizing Long-term Value for Auction-Based Recommender Systems via On-Policy Reinforcement Learning.
ArXiv Link, RecSys 2023 (Also presented at KDD Workshop 2023)
Ruiyang Xu*, Jalaj Bhandari*, Dmytro Korenkevych, Fan Liu, Yuchen He, Alex Nikulkov, Zheqing Zhu (PI)
Deep Exploration for Recommendation Systems.
ArXiv Link, RecSys 2023
Zheqing Zhu, Benjamin Van Roy
Scalable Neural Contextual Bandit for Recommender Systems.
ArXiv Link, CIKM 2023 (also presented at KDD Workshop 2023)
Zheqing Zhu, Benjamin Van Roy
Learning to Bid and Rank Together in Recommendation Systems.
(ArXiv Coming Soon), Springer Machine Learning Journal
Geng Ji, Wentao Jiang, Jiang Li, Fahmid Morshed Fahid, Zhengxing Chen, Yinghua Li, Jun Xiao, Chongxi Bao, Zheqing Zhu (PI)
IQL-TD-MPC: Implicit Q-Learning for Hierarchical Model Predictive Control.
ArXiv Link, ICML Workshop on New Frontiers in Learning, Control, and Dynamical Systems, 2023
Rohan Chitnis*, Yingchen Xu*, Bobak Hashemi, Lucas Lehnert, Urun Dogan, Zheqing Zhu (Secondary PI), Olivier Delalleau
Evaluating Online Bandit Exploration In Large-Scale Recommender System.
ArXiv Link, KDD Workshop on Multi-Armed Bandits and Reinforcement Learning: Advancing Decision Making in E-Commerce and Beyond, 2023
Hongbo Guo, Ruben Naeff, Alex Nikulkov, Zheqing Zhu (PI)
Two-tiered Online Optimization of Region-wide Datacenter Resource Allocation via Deep Reinforcement Learning.
ArXiv Link, Submitted to CoNext, 2023
Chang-Lin Chen, Hanhan Zhou, Jiayu Chen, Mohammad Pedramfar, Vaneet Aggarwal, Tian Lan, Zheqing Zhu (RL PI), Chi Zhou, Tim Gasser, Pol Mauri Ruiz, Vijay Menon, Neeraj Kumar, Hongbo Dong
Multi-Agent Safe Planning with Gaussian Processes.
ArXiv Link, IROS 2020
Zheqing Zhu, Erdem Biyik, Dorsa Sadigh
PhD, Reinforcement Learning, Stanford University, Advisor: Benjamin Van Roy
MS, Computer Science, Stanford University
BS, Computer Science, summa cum laude, Duke University, Advisor: Ronald Parr
CMO's Highlight Launch List, Facebook (Meta), 2021
Win of Month / Win of Quarter, Ads Growth, Facebook (Meta), 2017-2021 (Multi-time Winner)
Alex Vasilos Memorial Award, Duke University, 2017
Gradudate with Highest Distinction, Duke University, 2017
Ericsson BUSS Shanghai Quarterly Technical Award, 2015
Workshop Chair of AAAI 2023 Reinforcement Learning Ready for Production Workshop
Reviewer: NeurIPS, AAAI, MLJ
Reinforcement Learning for Recommender Systems, Neflix Research, 2023
Reinforcement Learning for Recommender Systems, DataFunSummit, 2023
Deep Exploration for Recommendation Systems, at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2023
Deep Machine Learning Panel, at ML Summit San Francisco, 2019
Deep Reinforcement Learning Applications, at Shanshu.ai, 2019