Kian Katanforoosh is a CS Lecturer at Stanford University. He teaches Deep Learning with Prof. Ng in the Computer Science department. He is a founding member of and co-creator of the Deep Learning Specialization on Coursera. He participated in the creation and early growth of

Today, Kian leads the engineering projects at and the AI fund under the supervision of Prof. Ng. He develops industrial AI applications, and designs products to help people break into AI. From 2014 to 2016, Kian co-founded and co-led Asker, today known as Daskit, a French start-up developing ed-tech products for a range of French Universities.

In June 2017, Kian received the Walter J. Gores award for Excellence in teaching (Stanford’s highest teaching award.) He has a Masters in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters degree from Ecole CentraleSupelec (formerly Ecole Centrale Paris.)

Kian grew up next to Paris, and is passionate about French rap and football.

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Computer Science

Honors & Awards

  • Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University (06/2017)
  • Centennial Teaching Award, Stanford University (06/2016)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Founding member, Deeplearning,ai (2017 - Present)
  • Co-founder, Daskit (Formlerly Asker.) (2014 - 2016)


  • Deep Learning Specialization,'s series of deep learning courses on Coursera.


    Palo Alto


    • Andrew Ng, Adjunct Professor, Computer Science,
    • Younes Bensouda Mourri, Masters Student in Statistics, admitted Winter 2017, School of Humanities and Sciences

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2018-19 Courses