Contact
Yisong Yue
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
CMS, 305-16
Pasadena, CA 91125

Office: 303 Annenberg
Email: yyue@caltech.edu
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About
I am an assistant professor in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences department at the California Institute of Technology. I am the director of the DOLCIT, which is broadly centered around research pertaining statistical decision theory, statistical machine learning, and optimization.
New PhD Program
Prospective PhD Students, please consider applying to Caltech's new PhD program in Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

I also recruit from the PhD program in Computation & Neural Systems.
Research
My research interests lie primarily in the theory and application of statistical machine learning. I am more generally interested in artificial intelligence. I am the director of DOLCIT, and I also interact closely with the RSRG and Computational Vision groups at Caltech, as well as the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technology (CAST) and the Center for the Mathematics of Information (CMI).

My research interests lie primarily in the theory and application of statistical machine learning. I am particularly interested in developing novel methods for interactive machine learning and structured machine learning. In the past, my research has been applied to information retrieval, recommender systems, text classification, learning from rich user interfaces, analyzing implicit human feedback, data-driven animation, behavior analysis, sports analytics, experiment design for science, policy learning in robotics, and adaptive planning & allocation problems.
Selected Recent Publications & Preprints:
  • Batch Policy Learning under Constraints
    Hoang M. Le, Cameron Voloshin, Yisong Yue
    [arxiv][project]
  • Detecting Adversarial Examples via Neural Fingerprinting
    Sumanth Dathathri, Stephan Zheng, Yisong Yue, Richard M. Murray
    [arxiv][code]
  • Learning to Search via Retrospective Imitation
    Jialin Song, Ravi Lanka, Albert Zhao, Yisong Yue, Masahiro Ono
    [arxiv]
  • Neural Lander: Stable Drone Landing Control using Learned Dynamics
    Guanya Shi, Xichen Shi, Michael O'Connell, Rose Yu, Kamyar Azizzadenesheli, Anima Anandkumar, Yisong Yue, Soon-Jo Chung
    International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2019.
    [pdf][arxiv][demo video]
  • Generating Multi-Agent Trajectories using Programmatic Weak Supervision
    Eric Zhan, Stephan Zheng, Yisong Yue, Long Sha, Patrick Lucey
    International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), May 2019.
    [pdf][arxiv][demo video][code]
  • Hierarchical Imitation and Reinforcement Learning
    Hoang M. Le, Nan Jiang, Alekh Agarwal, Miroslav Dudík, Yisong Yue, Hal Daumé III
    International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), July 2018.
    [pdf][arxiv][project]
  • Iterative Amortized Inference
    Joseph Marino, Yisong Yue, Stephan Mandt
    International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), July 2018.
    [pdf][arxiv][code]
  • Near-Optimal Machine Teaching via Explanatory Teaching Sets
    Yuxin Chen, Oisin Mac Aodha, Shihan Su, Pietro Perona, Yisong Yue
    International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS), April 2018.
    [pdf]
  • Multi-dueling Bandits with Dependent Arms
    Yanan Sui, Vincent Zhuang, Joel Burdick, Yisong Yue
    Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI), August 2017.
    [pdf][arxiv]
  • A Deep Learning Approach for Generalized Speech Animation
    Sarah Taylor, Taehwan Kim, Yisong Yue, Moshe Mahler, James Krahe, Anastasio Garcia Rodriguez, Jessica Hodgins, Iain Matthews
    ACM Conference on Computer Graphics (SIGGRAPH), July 2017.
    [pdf][demo video]
News & Announcements
  • Neural Lander: Our work on deep learning for provably stable drone landing control is appearing at ICRA 2019! [arxiv] (video below)
  • Earthquake Early Detection: State-of-the-art results on earthquake early detection using deep learning! [arxiv]
  • Earthquake Localization: State-of-the-art results on earthquake localization using deep learning! [arxiv]
  • Invited Workshop: I am presenting at the NeurIPS 2018 workshop on Imitation Learning and its Challenges in Robotics.
  • Invited Talk: I am presenting at UCLA on November 20th, 2018.
  • Invited Talk: I am presenting at the University of Maryland College Park on October 24th, 2018.
  • Invited Talk: I am presenting at Microsoft Research Redmond on October 3rd & 4th, 2018.
  • Invited Talk: I am presenting at the University of Washington AI Seminar on October 2nd, 2018.
  • Invited Talk: I am presenting at the Rice CS Colloquium on September 27th, 2018.
  • Okawa Award: I recently received the Okawa Foundation Research Grant.
  • Invited Workshop: I am presenting on Inference+Imitation at the Tractable Probabilistic Models workshop at ICML 2018.
  • Invited Workshop: I am presenting on Machine Teaching for Human Learners at the Humanizing AI workshop at IJCAI 2018.
  • Tutorial: I am giving a tutorial on imitation learning with Hoang Le at ICML 2018. (video below)
  • Invited Talk: I am presenting at the Intel AI DevCon. (video below)
  • Invited Talk: Invited talk at UT Austin AI Seminar on March 30th, 2018.
  • Invited Workshop: I am attending the Data-driven Algorithmics workshop on November 5-10, 2017.
  • Invited Talk: Invited talk at Southern California Machine Learning Symposium on October 6th, 2017.
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