I am a postdoctoral researcher at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. R. Srikant (IEEE Fellow). I am broadly interested in the area of machine learning, including online learning (in particular, multi-armed bandit), reinforcement learning and representation learning.
Prior to that, I received my Ph.D. from Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (headed by Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao), Tsinghua University in June, 2023. During my Ph.D. study, I was fortunate to be advised by Prof. Longbo Huang and also worked closely with Dr. Wei Chen (IEEE Fellow, Director of MSR Asia Theory Center).
I visited Cornell University in person during September-December, 2022, where I was lucky to be supervised by Prof. Wen Sun. I was also a research intern at MSR Asia during January-May, 2020, supervised by Dr. Wei Chen.
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Postdoctoral Researcher, August 2023 - Present
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. in Computer Science, September 2018 - June 2023
Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS), Tsinghua University
Visiting Ph.D. Student (in-person), September - December 2022
B.E. in Computer Science, September 2014 - June 2018
Yihan Du, Siwei Wang, Longbo Huang, “Provably Efficient Risk-Sensitive Reinforcement Learning: Iterated CVaR and Worst Path,” International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2023. [pdf] [arXiv]
Yihan Du, Yuko Kuroki, Wei Chen, “Combinatorial Pure Exploration with Bottleneck Reward Function,” Proceedings of the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2021. [pdf] [arXiv]
Yihan Du*, Yuko Kuroki*, Wei Chen, “Combinatorial Pure Exploration with Full-Bandit or Partial Linear Feedback,” Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2021 (* denotes equal contribution). [pdf] [arXiv]
Yihan Du, Siwei Wang, Longbo Huang, “Dueling Bandits: From Two-dueling to Multi-dueling,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2020. [pdf] [arXiv]
Yihan Du, Yan Yan, Si Chen, Yang Hua, “Object-adaptive LSTM Network for Real-time Visual Tracking with Adversarial Data Augmentation,” Neurocomputing, 2019.
Yihan Du, Yan Yan, Si Chen, Yang Hua, Hanzi Wang, “Object-adaptive LSTM Network for Visual Tracking,” International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), 2018.
Beijing Outstanding Graduate, by Beijing Municipal Education Commission (the only recipient among CS graduates at IIIS, Tsinghua University in 2023), June 2023
Tsinghua Outstanding Doctoral Thesis, by Tsinghua University (the only recipient among CS graduates at IIIS, Tsinghua University in 2023), June 2023
China National Scholarship, by Ministry of Education of China (the only recipient among CS students at IIIS, Tsinghua University in 2022), October 2022
Toyota Scholarship, by Toyota and Tsinghua University, October 2021
Huawei Academic Excellence Scholarship, by Huawei and Tsinghua University, October 2020
Wuqing Talent Scholarship, by Tianjin Wuqing District Government and Tsinghua University, October 2020
Outstanding Graduate, by Xiamen University, June 2018
“Risk-aware Online Decision Making,” TrustML Young Scientist Seminar, RIKEN AIP, May 2023
“Risk-aware Online Decision Making,” MLOPT Idea Seminar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2023
“Optimal Experimental Design in Linear Bandit,” Bandit Algorithm Seminar, Yau Mathematical Sciences Center (YMSC), Tsinghua University, November 2022
“Combinatorial Pure Exploration for Dueling Bandit,” China Computer Federation (CCF) Doctoral Forum in Theoretical Computer Science, June 2021
(Only 18 Ph.D. students in theoretical computer science are invited nationwide)
Program Committee Member/Reviewer
Conference: ICML 2021-2023, NeurIPS 2021-2023, ICLR 2022-2023
Journal: Transactions on Machine Learning Research (TMLR), Transactions on Networking (ToN)
Stochastic Network Optimization, graduate course (IIIS, Tsinghua University), Spring 2021
Introduction to Computer Science, undergraduate course (Yao Class, Tsinghua University), Fall 2019
President of Graduate Union at IIIS, Tsinghua University, June 2020 - June 2021