Engineering

LIN F. YANG

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My name is Lin Yang (杨林). I am an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. My research focuses on developing and applying fast algorithms for machine learning and data science. I am keen on understanding the fundamental theory and computation limits of optimization for different machine learning problems. My current research focus is on reinforcement learning theory and applications, learning for control, non-convex optimization, and streaming algorithms.

Previously, I was a postdoc at Princeton University working with Prof. Mengdi Wang. I obtained my Ph.D. degrees (in Computer Science and in Physics & Astronomy) from Johns Hopkins University. I was very fortunate to be advised by Professor Alex Szalay and Professor Vova Braverman, and to work with many wonderful collaborators. I was a recipient of the Simons' Research Fellowship and Dean Robert H. Roy Fellowship.

I am looking for motivated and talented students working on Machine Learning. Please contact me if you are interested in my research. Due to the high volume of incoming emails, your email might not be responded to. However, I assure you that I will keep a close look at your background and contact you if there is a match.

[Last Updated Feb. 2020]

Teaching

Service

  • Program Committee: ACML (2019), AAAI (2020)
  • Conference Reviewing: AAAI, ICML, NeurIPS, STOC, FOCS, COLT, PODS, ITCS, ACML, AISTATS, ICALP, RANDOM, ESA, LATIN, KAIS, FSTTCS
  • Journal Reviewing: Theoretical Computer Science, QIC, JCSS, OPRE

Education

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Advisors: Vladimir Braverman, Alex Szalay
  • Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy, Advisor: Alex Szalay
  • MS.E. in Computer Science (GPA 4.0/4.0)
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • B.S. in Math & Physics with High Honors

Contact Me

Email: linyang[at]ee[dot]ucla[dot]edu

My middle name Forrest is a translation of my first name (林). My publication name is Lin F. Yang -- to distinguish me from many Lin Yang's. Note that my official name (Lin Yang OR 杨林) does not contain a middle name.