Dr. Yu Yang

Dr. Yu Yang profile pictureAssistant Professor in Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Florida
Ph.D., Operations Research, Georgia Tech, 2020
B.S., Applied Mathematics, Peking University, 2016                        Yu Yang is an Assistant Professor of the ISE department at UF. His research passion lies broadly in Optimization. For discrete settings, his current focus is on designing efficient algorithms for solving notorious NP-hard problems such as the vehicle routing problem (VRP) and the set covering problem (SCP). Meanwhile, he is interested in enhancing important components such as branching and cutting planes in mixed integer programming (MIP) solvers. In continuous optimization, he focuses on developing efficient zeroth/first order algorithms with provable convergence rates for large-scale (high-dimensional) problems arising in machine learning (ML). He is actively working on the following four research streams: 1) Exact methods for solving VRP and its variants; 2) Dimension-insensitive algorithms for stochastic optimization; 3) Learning to branch/cut for MIP solution; 4) Treatment plan optimization for volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT). He is recruiting self-motivated Ph.D. students with a solid mathematical background or a strong coding skill in C++.