Ger Yang

PhD Student
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Office: 1616 Guadalupe St., UTA 7.511 Austin, TX 78701, USA
Email:  geryang at

You can find my CV [here] (Last update Sept 2017)
My LinkedIn page is [here]

Research Interests

1. Machine Learning: Theories for online learning and multi-armed bandit problems under di.erent settings.
2. Algorithmic Game Theory: Routing games and mechanism design for various applications.
3. Network Optimization Algorithms: Design of approximation algorithms for hard combinatorial problems.
4. Risk-aversion Algorithms: Theory of risks, with applications to optimization problems under uncertainty.


Ger Yang is a fourth-year PhD student in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT).  He is also a research assistant in the Wireless Networking & Communication Group (WNCG), advised by Prof. Evdokia Nikolova.  He received BS in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University (NTU) in June 2013 with the highest honor.  In NTU, he was a two-time recipient of Presidential Award.

His research interest lies in the algorithm design for the large-scale systems.  His on-going research topics include stochastic shortest path problems, multi-armed bandit, and algorithmic game theory, with application to various topics, including but not limited to communication networks, transportation, electronic markets, and social networks.

Publications and Working papers

A Submodular Approach for Electricity Distribution Network Recon.guration
    Ali Khodabakhsh, Ger Yang, Soumya Basu, Evdokia Nikolova, Michael Caramanis, Thanasis Lianeas, and Emmanouil Pountourakis.
    To be appeared in 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'18).

Bifurcation Mechanism Design – From Optimal Flat Taxes to Improved Cancer Treatments [arXiv]
    Ger Yang, 
Georgios Piliouras, and David Basanta
    In Proceeding of the Eighteenth ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC'17)

Reconciling Selfish Routing with Social Good [arXiv]
    Soumya Basu, Ger Yang, Thanasis Lianeas, Evdokia Nikolova and Yitao Chen
    In Proceedings of the Tenth Symposium on Algorithmic Game Theory (SAGT '17)

Approximation Algorithms for Route Planning with Nonlinear Objectives. [arXiv]
    Ger Yang and Evdokia Nikolova.
    In Proceedings of the Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI'16). Phoenix, Arizona, February 12–17, 2016.

Markov Chain Performance Model for IEEE 802.11 Devices with Energy Harvesting Source
    Ger Yang, Guan-Yu Lin, and Hung-Yu Wei
    In 2012 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), 2012.