Yisong Yue
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
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Pasadena, CA 91125

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Official Research Biography
Yisong Yue is an assistant professor in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences Department at the California Institute of Technology. He was previously a research scientist at Disney Research. Before that, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Machine Learning Department and the iLab at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Yisong's research interests lie primarily in the theory and application of statistical machine learning. He is particularly interested in developing novel methods for interactive machine learning and structured machine learning. In the past, his research has been applied to information retrieval, recommender systems, text classification, learning from rich user interfaces, analyzing implicit human feedback, clinical therapy, tutoring systems, data-driven animation, behavior analysis, sports analytics, experiment design for science, learning to optimize, policy learning in robotics, and adaptive planning & allocation problems.

[curriculum vitae]
More About Me
My Chinese name is 岳一松. I was born in Beijing and moved to Chicago when I was five years old. I spent most of my childhood in and around the Chicago area. I was fortunate enough to have attended the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy for high school.

As an undergrad at UIUC, I was a member of the ACM@UIUC student chapter. As treasurer, my areas of expertise included finding the best deals for pizza in order to feed all my ravenous cohorts. I also helped out with the student-run Reflections | Projections computing conference.

As a grad student at Cornell, I helped run the full text search engine, thus allowing me to experiment with the searching habits of physicists from all over the world. I was also the Brown Bag Czar of the Computer Science Department, where I leveraged my previously acquired pizza purchasing skills to great effect.

My other interests include hiking, photography, and basketball. I also enjoy choral singing and (in the past) comedic acting. I was extremely lucky to sing under the directing of Barrington Coleman (at UIUC), and Scott Tucker (at Cornell). I currently sing in the Pasadena Master Chorale under the directing of Jeffrey Bernstein. I am also an avid ESports fan and enjoy watching and playing StarCraft and Heroes of the Storm.

Professional Activities
Note - Henceforth, I refuse to be a reviewer or editor for any Elsevier journal or for Nature Machine Intelligence for reasons described here and here.

Organizing Committee
  • Fundraising Chair, AISTATS 2016

Journal Reviewer
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
  • Information Processing & Management
  • Information Retrieval
  • Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
  • Neural Networks
  • Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
  • Transactions on the Web

Conference Program Committee / Reviewer
  • AAAI 2014, 2015, 2017 (SPC)
  • ACL 2012
  • ACML 2011, 2012, 2014
  • AISTATS 2019 (SPC)
  • CIKM 2012
  • COLING 2010, 2014
  • COLT 2015
  • ECML/PKDD 2008
  • EMNLP 2011, 2012
  • ICLR 2018, 2019
  • ICML 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (AC), 2014, 2016 (AC), 2017 (AC), 2018 (AC), 2019 (AC)
  • IJCAI 2016 (SPC), 2019 (SPC)
  • KDD 2011, 2015 (SPC), 2016 (SPC), 2017 (SPC)
  • NAACL-HLT 2012, 2013
  • NIPS 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (AC)
  • SIGIR 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014
  • SoCG 2010
  • UBICOMP 2014
  • UIST 2015
  • WSDM 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (SPC)
  • WWW 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
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