Zhepeng Cen


I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Safe AI Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Prof. Ding Zhao. I obtained my bachelor's degree at the Department of Automation, Tsinghua University. Prior to CMU, I had a wonderful time as a summer intern in UCS INK Lab.

My research lies at the intersection of reinforcement learning and optimization. I am interested in how to facilitate the safety and data efficiency of the learning-based autonomy.


(* indicates equal contribution)
Feasibility Consistent Representation Learning for Safe Reinforcement Learning

Zhepeng Cen, Yihang Yao, Zuxin Liu, Ding Zhao

ICML 2024

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Gradient Shaping for Multi-Constraint Safe Reinforcement Learning

Yihang Yao, Zuxin Liu, Zhepeng Cen, Peide Huang, Tingnan Zhang, Wenhao Yu, Ding Zhao

L4DC 2024

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Learning from Sparse Offline Datasets via Conservative Density Estimation

Zhepeng Cen, Zuxin Liu, Zitong Wang, Yihang Yao, Henry Lam, Ding Zhao

ICLR 2024; ICML 2023 Frontiers4LCD Workshop

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Datasets and Benchmarks for Offline Safe Reinforcement Learning

Zuxin Liu*, Zijian Guo*, Haohong Lin, Yihang Yao, Jiacheng Zhu, Zhepeng Cen, Hanjiang Hu, Wenhao Yu, Tingnan Zhang, Jie Tan, Ding Zhao

DMLR 2024; RSS 2023 Safe Autonomy Workshop (Spotlight)

Paper / Website / Code (OSRL) / Code (DSRL) / Code (FSRL)

Constraint-Conditioned Policy Optimization for Versatile Safe Reinforcement Learning

Yihang Yao*, Zuxin Liu*, Zhepeng Cen, Jiacheng Zhu, Wenhao Yu, Tingnan Zhang, Ding Zhao

NeurIPS 2023; RSS 2023 Safe Autonomy Workshop

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Trustworthy Reinforcement Learning Against Intrinsic Vulnerabilities: Robustness, Safety, and Generalization

Mengdi Xu*, Zuxin Liu*, Peide Huang*, Wenhao Ding, Zhepeng Cen, Bo Li, Ding Zhao

Under review


On the Robustness of Safe Reinforcement Learning under Observational Perturbations

Zuxin Liu, Zijian Guo, Zhepeng Cen, Huan Zhang, Jie Tan, Bo Li and Ding Zhao.

ICLR 2023; ICML 2022 SL4AD Workshop (Best Paper Runner-up)

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Constrained Variational Policy Optimization for Safe Reinforcement Learning

Zuxin Liu, Zhepeng Cen, Vladislav Isenbaev, Wei Liu, Steven Wu, Bo Li and Ding Zhao.

ICML 2022

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Will This Idea Spread Beyond Academia? Understanding Knowledge Transfer of Scientific Concepts across Text Corpora

Hancheng Cao*, Mengjie Cheng*, Zhepeng Cen*, Daniel A. McFarland, Xiang Ren

EMNLP (Findings) 2020


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