Yao Xie

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Yao Xie (Official webpage) (CV)
Associate Professor
Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Early Career Professor
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE)
Associate Director, Machine Learning Center
Adjunct Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Georgia Institute of Technology


Office Phone: (404) 385-1687
Office: Groseclose 339
765 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA, 30332-0205
Email: Email address

Research Interests

Statistics, machine learning, and signal processing. I am particularly interested in sequential data analysis and change-point detection, and their applications in sensor networks, social networks, imaging and communications.

For recent publications and preprints, please see here.

Social Impact

See here for our work on data-driven policing.

Currently Teaching

Graduate course: ISyE 8803, Special Topics in Statistical Learning. Fall 2021.
(OMSA) ISyE 6740, Computational Data Analysis. Fall 2021.


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Glad to announce the JSAIT Special Issue on Sequential, Active, and Reinforcement Learning published in June 2021, for I am honored to serve as a Lead Guest Editor.

I serve as an Area Chair for NeurIPS 2021.

I am excited to receive a new NSF grant as PI, in the SCALE MoDL Program "Bridging Statistical Hypothesis Tests and Deep Learning for Reliability and Computational Efficiency,'' 01/2022-12/2024.

I look forward to participating the newly annouced NSF AI Institute for Advances in Optimization.

I will talk at Cornell ORIE colloquium in Nov. 2021.

September 2021, our paper "Data-Driven Optimization for Police Zone Design" was selected as a Finalist of the INFORMS Wagner Prize.

September 2021, give a tutorial entitled "Learning point process networks using discrete events data" at the Graduate International Workshop on Intelligent Signal Processing, organized by Zhejiang University.

Aug 2021, talk at IFDS-MADLab Workshop.

July 2021, give a short course on "Introduction to Machine Learning and Statistical Modeling" to Center for Disease Control (CDC), Statistical Advisory Group.

July 2021, talk at Bernoulli-IMS 10th World Congress in Probability and Statistics.

July 2021, talk at Online Seminar on Mathematical Foundations of Data Science.

Feb. 2021, virtual ECE seminar at University of California, Davis.

Feb. 2021, virtual SILO seminar at University of Wisconsin Madison.

Dec. 2020, virtual statistics seminar at University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

Nov. 2020, virtual seminar at CMU, Tepper School of Business.

Nov. 2020, "Woody" Shixiang Zhu won the Second Place in the Best Paper Competititon for the 15th INFORMS Workshop on Data Mining and Decision Analytics for paper entitled "Sequential Adversarial Anomaly Detection for Dependent Events". Congratulations!

Nov. 2020, co-found and co-organized the new Machine Learning/AI Cluster at 2020 INFORMS meeting.

Nov. 2020, virtual seminar at University of South Florida.

Oct. 2020, Liyan Xie and Henry Yuchi received the Georgia Tech IDEaS-TRIAD Research Scholarship, for their projects "Distributionally Robust Statistical Tests and Learning" and “Diffusion-based Gaussian Process Dynamic Model for Material Degradation and Prognostic Analysis”. Congratulations!

Oct. 2020, co-organizing a Special Issue at IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Information Theory, on "Sequential, active, and reinforcement learning". Please see here for call-for-paper.

Oct. 2020, Liyan Xie was selected to participate the "Rising Stars 2020" Workshop. Congratulations!

Oct. 2020, virtual statistics seminar at Duke University.

July 2020, virtual seminar at CDC on "High-resolution spatio-temporal covariates models for county-level COVID-19 data in the US".

July 2020, Alexander Bukharin received the President’s Undergraduate Research Salary Award (PURA) for working on our project: COVID-19 spatial-temporal sequential modeling and prediction.

June 2020, I was selected to join the 2020-2021 Cohort of the Office of Provost's Emerging Leaders Program.

May 2020, give virtual statistics seminar at Rutgers University.

April 2020, Alexander Bukharin received the GT COE Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award for his work with us on Atlanta police districting.

March 2020, I organized a session on "Recent Advances in Sequential Analysis" at CISS, Princeton (canceled due to COVID-19).

I will serve as an Associate Editor for Sequential Analysis, 2020-2022.

Jan. 2020, our group has 3 papers accepted by IEEE ICASSP 2020: "Adversarial anomaly detection for marked spatio-temporal streaming data", "Online community detection by spectral CUSUM", and "Sequential vessel trajectory identification using truncated Viterbi algorithm."