Maximilian Du

maxjdu at stanford dot edu


Hey there! I am an undergraduate researcher and section leader at Stanford University. I am studying computer science and electrical engineering, and I work under Prof. Chelsea Finn's IRIS lab on reinforcement learning and robotics

My research and project experiences are in machine learning (particularly unsupervised learning), embedded systems, and analog electronics. 

In my free time, I love to tinker around with electronics, do photography, and write creative non-fiction. Currently, I'm working on a book and an amateur radio license.


Check out all of these things on my website! 

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Currently, I am working in the IRIS Lab under Professor Chelsea Finn on trying to use reinforcement learning on real robots to accomplish tricky tasks, like peeling a banana or unzipping a backpack.

Previous research projects have included a more intelligent IoT stove, predicting ultra-short-term wind power, and breath monitoring.

Click on the animated image to read more about my work.



I am a big fan of sharing what I know! Since Winter of 2021, I have been a Section Leader for Stanford's CS106 programs. I lead weekly lecture workshops and interactive grading sessions. I also help students in office hours and grade assignments + quizzes. 

I have led both 106A and 106B classes, and I will be a course assistant in ENGR40M  and CS107e (tentative) starting 2022.

Click on the "Bit" logo to read about the Section Leading program at Stanford



In my spare time, I love working with electronics. In the past, I've made an arc-welder, sewage overflow protection system, and musical Tesla Coil.


I also tumble-polish rocks and do some amateur chemistry. Currently, I'm working towards a Technician amateur radio license

Click on the welding picture to read about my electronic adventures


Writing is always a pleasant break, whenever I need one from my "day job" in computer science. I specialize in narrative non-fiction and personal essays.


I'm currently working on a non-fiction book about captive killer whales, advised by DCI fellow Melissa Dyrdahl from the Stanford Storytelling Project.

Click on the whale to read my essays.


For me, photography is the perfect combination of art, strategy, and technology. I specialize in nature photography and long-exposures

Click on the firework long-exposure image to see my portfolio.


Yes, I do have a funny bone. I also have an irrational obsession over the Stanford Clock tower.

Click on the totally-not-photoshopped picture to see my personal gallery, custom t-shirt collection, clock tower article, and more.