About Me

My name is Xuan Bi (碧轩). I'm an Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences in the Carlson School of Management, at the University of Minnesota. My general research goal is to design data-driven solutions and provide decision support to benefit organizations and individuals. My research mainly focuses on the interface of StatisticsMachine Learningand Information Systems, which aims at creating and applying analytical techniques to address real-world, large-scale, business problems. Specifically, my works revolve around personalization, with a special interest in recommender systems and product sales forecasting.

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the 
Department of Biostatistics at Yale University under the supervision of Prof. Heping Zhang. My work at Yale revolved around imaging geneticsI got my Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and my advisor was Prof. Annie Qu. My thesis research mainly focused on dimension reduction and recommender systems.
I was born and raised in Beijing, China, where I did my schooling in the Capital Normal University High School, and earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Tsinghua University.

Contact Information
321 19th Avenue South, 3-233
Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Email: xbi@umn.edu
Phone: 612-626-7813

Academic Appointments
  • 07/2018 -- present, Assistant Professor, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • 08/2016 -- 06/2018, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biostatistics, Yale University

  • Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA (2011-2016)
  • B.S. in Mathematics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2007-2011)

Research Interests
  • Personalization, recommender systems, product sales forecasting
  • Latent factor models, recurrent neural networks
  • Dimension reduction, matrix and tensor factorization

    Honors and Awards
    • MSBA Teacher of the Year (Specialty Courses), Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 2019
    • SLDS Conference Travel Award, the Conference on Statistical Learning and Data Science, 2016
    • ASA Student Paper Award, SLDS Section, ASA, 2016
    • Horace W. Norton Prize for outstanding thesis research (sole awardee), Department of Statistics, UIUC, 2014
    • Graduate College Conference Travel Award, UIUC, 2014, 2015, 2016