Shi Dong (董仕)

Shi Dong 

Research Scientist, Google DeepMind


I received my PhD from Stanford University, and my doctoral research, advised by Prof. Benjamin Van Roy, develops a general and versatile framework to study reinforcement learning. Motivated by the passion for natural languages, I am now dedicated to understanding and unleashing the power of reinforcement learning in large language models (LLMs). Prior to joining Google DeepMind, I was a Senior Researcher at Knowledge and Language Team, Microsoft, where I had the fortune to work with Chenguang Zhu. Beyond research, I am a devout fan of British history and culture.

Professional Experience

  • Research Scientist, Google DeepMind, 2023 – Now.

  • Senior Researcher, Microsoft, 2022 – 2023.

  • Research Intern, DeepMind, 2020.

  • Research Intern, Google, 2018.


Invited Talks

  • INFORMS 2021 Annual Meeting, October 2021.

  • Cornell Young Researchers Workshop, October 2021.

  • NYU Stern MOILS seminar, March 2021.

  • Conference on Learning Theory, June 2019.


  • First place, George Nicholson Student Paper Competition, INFORMS, 2021.

  • Herb and Jane Dwight Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford, 2016.

  • Outstanding undergraduate student, the City of Beijing, 2016.

  • Outstanding undergraduate student, Tsinghua University, 2016.

  • Distinctions in Senior Thesis, Tsinghua University, 2016.

  • National Scholarship, Tsinghua University, 2015.

  • Scholarship for Comprehensive Excellence, Tsinghua University, 2013 & 2014.


  • Active member, Feiyu Theater, 2016 – Now.

    • Actor, “Art” (“艺术”), April 2024.

    • Running crew member, The Message (风声), September 2023.

    • Actor, A Behanding in Spokane (断手斯城), February 2023.

    • Actor, The Golden Cangue (金锁记), July 2022.

    • Stage manager, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (哗变), January 2021.

    • Director, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (车下莫根山), November 2019.

    • Actor, Bury the Dead (灵魂拒葬), May 2019.

    • Actor, Enter the Hero (主角登场), February 2019.

    • Assistant director, Dear Yelena Sergeevna (青春禁忌游戏), May 2018.

    • Producer, Gone with the Bird (鸟之殇), October 2017.

    • Assistant stage manager, The Bus Stop (车站), May 2017.

  • Vice president, Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Stanford (ACSSS), 2017–2018.


  • Chinese, English, French, German.

  • Python (Jax & PyTorch), C/C++.