Portrait of Kenneth Tran

Kenneth Tran

Principal Research Software Engineer


I’m currently a Principal Research Engineer in the Deep Learning Technology Center. I have a wide interest in Machine Learning spanning from optimization algorithms to distributed systems.

My current main research pursuit is reinforcement learning (RL) with focus on

  • off-policy, transferable, and data-efficient learning (e.g. via model-based methods)
  • and real-world optimal control applications, including indoor farming optimization and industrial robotics at large, etc.

Previously, I’ve also worked on

  • Convolutional neural nets and computer vision (object detection, image segmentation, image classification, etc.)
  • Image captioning and multimodal modeling
  • Optimization algorithms (SDCA, etc.)
  • DL/ML platform

In addition, I’m also the chief mentor of Microsoft AI School’s advanced projects class.