My name is Z. Sun, a 4th year PhD student at UCL. I am lucky to be supervised by Prof. F-X Briol and Prof. J-H Xue. My research is mainly funded by EPSRC and UCL jointly; and partially by The Alan Turing Institute.

Research Interest

In general, I am very interested in computational statistics and machine learning. I am also very interested in applications of statistics and machine learning.

Academic Activities


  • Sun, Z., Barp, A., Briol, F.-X.(2021). Vector-Valued Control Variates (pre-print).
  • Sun, Z., Wu, J., Li, X., Yang, W., Xue, J-H.(2021). Amortized Bayesian Prototype Meta-learning: A new probabilistic meta-learning approach to few-shot image classification. In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS), PMLR.
  • Li, X.*, Wu, J.*, Sun, Z.*, Ma, Z., Cao, J., Xue, J-H.(2020). Bi-Similarity Network for Fine-grained Few-shot Image Classification. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.
  • Li, X.*, Sun, Z.*, Xue, J-H., Ma, Z. (2020). A Concise Review of Recent Few-shot Meta-learning Methods. Neurocomputing.


Selected Award

  • Best Student Paper Award from the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science of the American Statistical Association, 2022.
  • Silver Medal for Best poster at the conference Bristol: FRY, 2021.
  • The Alan Turing Institute Enrichment Award, 2021.
  • EPSRC PhD Scholarship, 2019-2023.
  • Cambridge International Scholarship (PhD), 2019-2022.