Hi, I'm Jacky Yibo Zhang

photo taken in Vancouver, Canada
I am a first year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I am advised by Sanmi Koyejo. I completed my undergraduate study at the University of Science and Technology of China. I am broadly interested in
  • Optimization: non-convex optimization, combinatorial optimization, stochastic optimization, submodular optimization.
  • Algorithms: approximation algorithms, heuristic algorithms.
  • Machine Learning: broadly in understanding and designing Machine Learning algorithms, especially from a theoretical point of view.
Other than research, I love photography, music, soccer, etc.
Education & Professional Experience University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD Student - Department of Computer Science
  • Advisor: Sanmi Koyejo
  • 2019 - Present
  • Research Intern at WeChat Group
  • Summer 2019
University of Science and Technology of China
  • Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology
  • Research Advisor: Chao Qian
  • 2015 - 2019
Publications & Preprints Learning Sparse Distributions using Iterative Hard Thresholding. [ pdf ]
Jacky Y. Zhang, Rajiv Khanna, Anastasios Kyrillidis, and Oluwasanmi Koyejo.
In Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS’19), Vancouver, Canada, 2019.
Maximizing Monotone DR-submodular Continuous Functions by Derivative-free Optimization. [ pdf ]
Yibo Zhang, Chao Qian, and Ke Tang.
Preprint: arXiv 1810.06833, 2018.
On Multiset Selection with Size Constraints. [ pdf ]
Chao Qian, Yibo Zhang, Ke Tang, and Xin Yao.
In Proceedings of the 32nd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI'18), New Orleans, LA, 2018
Selected Honors
  • 2018 Guo Moruo Scholarship (Top 1%, highest honor at USTC)
  • 2017 Outstanding Student Scholarship Golden Award (Top 3%)
  • 2016 Member of Talent Program in Computer Science and Technology, USTC
  • 2016 Outstanding Student Scholarship Golden Award (Top 3%)
Contact yiboz@illinois.edu
Siebel Center for Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL