Morteza Mardani

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Morteza Mardani, Ph.D.
Email: mormardani [@] gmail [DOT] com
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About me

I am currently a senior AI researcher at NVIDIA research and a visiting researcher at Stanford. I am aiming to bridge the gap between theory and practice of machine learning with a focus on generative learning. My background is in statistical learning and optimization.

Prior to NVIDIA, I was a research staff and postdoc at Stanford, working with John Pauly, David Donoho, and Shreyas Vasanawala. I received my PhD from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, under the supervision of Georgios Giannakis. As part of the program, I was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, RISE Lab, working with Michael Mahoney.


I am interested in fundamental research on generative learning with product impact. I am currently focused on diffusion models. In the past, I worked on architecture design for deep learning, understanding inductive bias of neural networks, and solving inverse problems using deep learning. For my PhD, I contributed to large-scale data science and received the “Young Author Best Paper Award” from IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2017.


I am looking for motivated PhD interns and research scientists interested in generative learning to join our team. Please drop me an email at

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