New ISE Faculty
November 15, 2022
ISE is delighted to have three new faculty members joining in 2023: Yingying Li, Yatharth Dubey, and James Rehg.
Yingying Li will begin at ISE in Fall of 2023, with affiliations with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences Department at the California Institute of Technology.
Yingying received her PhD from Harvard in 2021 in Applied Math. Her research interests include online optimal control, safe learning-based control, online convex optimization, reinforcement learning, multi-armed bandit, decentralized control, and mechanism design, with applications in smart grids, smart cities, and robotics.
Yingying says, "I am actively looking for self-motivated Ph.D. students and postdocs with strong background in mathematics and interests in applications of robotics and smart cities. Please feel free to apply to either the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering or the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and mention my name in your application if you are interested in joining our group!"
Yatharth Dubey will join ISE in Summer 2023. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Tepper School of Business in Carnegie Mellon University.
Yatharth received his PhD in Operations Research from Georgia Tech in 2022. His research area is Large Scale Discrete Decisions, or, in Dubey's words, "strengthening our understanding of the algorithms that allow us to make large-scale discrete decisions—in particular, the algorithms underlying state-of-the-art mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) solvers."
Dubey's recent honors include the INFORMS George Nicholson Student Paper Prize Finalist (for "Branch-and-Bound Solves Random Binary IPs in Polytime"), the Alice and John Jarvis Student Paper Prize Winner (department-wide), and an ARC-TRIAD Fellowship.
James Rehg will be joining Illinois in 2023 as the new director of the Health Care Systems Engineering Center (HCESC) and Founder Professor in the Grainger College of Engineering, with joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Computer Science and Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering.
James is currently a professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also serves as co-director of the Center for Health Analytics and Informatics. His research interests include computer vision and machine learning for developmental and social psychology, autism, and robots.