Engineering

LIN F. YANG

Dr. Lin Yang (杨林) is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on developing and applying fast algorithms for machine learning and data science. He is keen on understanding the fundamental theory and computation limits of optimization for different machine learning problems. His current research focus is on reinforcement learning theory and applications, learning for control, non-convex optimization, and streaming algorithms. He was a recipient of the Simons' Research Fellowship, Dean Robert H. Roy Fellowship, and JHU MINDS best dissertation award.

Previously, he was a postdoc at Princeton University working with Prof. Mengdi Wang. He obtained two Ph.D. degrees (in Computer Science and in Physics & Astronomy) from Johns Hopkins University. His doctoral advisors are Professor Alex Szalay and Professor Vova Braverman.

[Last Updated April. 2021]

Latest News

  • 1 paper accepted to KDD 2021. Congrats to Jialin.
  • 3 papers accepted to ICML 2021. Congrats to Sanae & Fei.
  • We are organizing a wrokshop on reinforcement theorey at ICML
  • Fei Feng successfully defended her thesis. Congrats to her!
  • 9 papers accepted to NeurIPS 2020. Congrats to the Collaborators.
  • 4 papers accepted to ICML 2020. Congrats to the Collaborators.
More news
  • 1 paper accepted to AAAI 2021. Congrats to Junhong Sheng.
  • 1 paper accepted to AISTATS 2021. Congrats to the Kunhe Yang.
  • I am participating the Theory of Reinforcement Learning program at Simons (remotely).

Teaching

Service

  • Area Chair: ICLR (2021), NeurIPS (2021)
  • Senior Program Committee: AAAI (2021)
  • 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.