Yisong Yue (he/him)
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
CMS, 305-16
Pasadena, CA 91125

Office: 303 Annenberg

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Official Research Biography
Yisong Yue is a Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, and a Principal Scientist at Latitude AI. 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 is also the Senior Program Chair of the ICLR 2024 (International Conference on Learning Representations).

Yisong's research interests are centered around machine learning, and in particular getting theory to work in practice. To that end, his research agenda spans both fundamental and applied pursuits, from novel learning-theoretic frameworks all the way to deployment in autonomous driving on public roads. His work has been recognized with multiple paper awards and nominations, including in robotics, computer vision, sports analytics, machine learning for health, and information retrieval. At Latitude AI, he works on machine learning approaches to behavior modeling and motion planning for autonomous driving.

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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 arXiv.org 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, nd 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 have enjoyed watching and playing various games (e.g., StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Fortnite).

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
I am committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in my research group, in my courses, within the CMS department, at Caltech more broadly, and within my research communities.
  • Diversity -- I recognize that diversity, in all its shapes and forms, strengthens us both culturally and intellectually.
  • Equity -- I will fight for equal treatment of all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other attributes that do not define a person's academic and research potential.
  • Inclusion -- I will work to create an inclusive working environment, so that everyone feels their voices are heard and their contributions are recognized.
Read more about diversity, equity, and inclusion at the CMS Department and EAS Division at Caltech.
Professional Activities
Note - Henceforth, I refuse to be a reviewer or editor for any journal that does not support Green Open Access for reasons described here and here.

Organizing Committee
  • Senior Program Chair, ICLR 2024
  • Communications Chair, ICML 2023
  • Fundraising Chair, AISTATS 2016

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

Conference Program Committee / Reviewer
  • AAAI 2014, 2015, 2017 (SPC), 2020 (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, 2020
  • ICML 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (AC), 2014, 2016 (AC), 2017 (AC), 2018 (AC), 2019 (AC), 2020 (AC), 2021 (SAC), 2022 (SAC)
  • IJCAI 2016 (SPC), 2019 (SPC)
  • KDD 2011, 2015 (SPC), 2016 (SPC), 2017 (SPC)
  • L4DC 2021
  • NAACL-HLT 2012, 2013
  • NeurIPS 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (AC), 2019 (AC), 2020 (SAC), 2021 (SAC)
  • SIGIR 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014
  • SoCG 2010
  • UAI 2020 (AC)
  • UBICOMP 2014
  • UIST 2015
  • WSDM 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (SPC)
  • WWW 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
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