I am an Assistant Professor in Computer Science Department at UCLA, where I lead the BigML research group.
My research focuses on developing new methods that enable efficient machine learning from massive datasets. More specifically, I am interested in designing techniques that can gain insights from the underlying data structure by utilizing complex and higher-order interactions between data points. The extracted information can be used to efficiently explore and robustly learn from datasets that are too large to be dealt with by traditional approaches. My methods have immediate application to high-impact problems where massive data volumes prohibit efficient learning and inference, such as huge image collections, recommender systems, Web and social services, video and other large data streams.
Before joining UCLA, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in Computer Science at Stanford University working with Jure Leskovec. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich advised by Andreas Krause. I received an ETH medal for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis, was selected as a Rising Star in EECS by MIT, and received an NSF Career Award.
- Yu Yang receives Amazon Doctoral Student Fellowship, Sep 2022
- Giving a talk at Science Hub Showcase, Sep 2022
- Giving a talk at Vanderbilt University Machine Learning Seminar, Sep 2022 [YouTube]
- Our group has 2 papers accepted at NeurIPS, Sep 2022
- Received an NSF Career Award, August 2022
- Giving a talk at UAI tractable probabilistic modelling workshop (TPM), August 2022
- Giving a talk at ICML DataPerf Workshop, July 2022
- Our group has 3 papers accepted at ICML, May 2022
- Giving a talk at UT Austin ECE Colloquia Seminar, April 2022
- Co-organizing the 2nd Sparsity in Neural Network Workshop, July 2022
- Received Research Award from The UCLA Science Hub for Humanity and Artificial Intelligence, May 2022
- Giving a talk at UCLA ECE Series Seminar, April 2022
- Giving a talk at Stanfod MLSys seminar, Nov 2021 [YouTube]
- Co-organizing the 1st Sparsity in Neural Network Workshop, July 2022
- Giving a talk at ICML SubsetML Workshop, May 2021
- Large-scale Machine Learning (CS 260D), Fall 2021-2022
- Data Science Fundamentals (CSM 148), Winter 2021-2022
- Projects in Large-scale Machine Learning (CS 269), Fall 2021, Spring 2022