Yaoliang Yu

Research Interests

  • Robust methods
  • Generative models
  • Convex and nonconvex optimization
  • Distributed optimization


Yaoliang Yu is currently an assistant professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at University of Waterloo. He obtained his PhD from the computing science department of Univerisity of Alberta in 2013, and he spent two wonderful postdoctoral years at CMU. His main research interests include robust regression and classification, representation learning, kernel methods, generative models, convex and nonconvex optimization, distributed system, and applications in computer vision, genetics, and finance.


  • PhD Dissertation Award from the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association, 2015.
  • Top reviewers for ICML/NeurIPS, 2018
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