Yun Yang


I am an Associate Professor in the Statistics Department at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which I joined in August 2018. I was an Assistant Professor in the Statistics Department at Florida State University from 2016 to 2018. Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the EECS department at University of California, Berkeley. I received my B.S. in Mathematics from Tsinghua University in 2011, and obtained my Ph.D. in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University in 2014.

Research interests

My research interests lie broadly in machine learning, Bayesian inference, data-driven optimization, and theoretical foundations of high dimensional statistics. Recently, I become interested in applying optimal transport and Wasserstein gradient flows to study theoretical properties and design scalable algorithms in statistical problems, including regression, clustering, generative modelling and approximate Bayesian computation.


Email: yy84 (at) illinois (dot) edu

Office: Room 130, Computing Applications Building (CAB), 605 E Springfield Ave, Champaign, IL 61820