I am an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin. I am with the Statistics Group at the McCombs School of Business. I am also a core faculty member in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences (SDS) and a core member of the Machine Learning Laboratory. I received my Ph.D. from Duke University in 2013, Master's from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008, and B.Sc. from Nanjing University in 2005. My Ph.D. advisor was Dr. Lawrence Carin.

The research of my group lies at the intersection of machine learning and Bayesian statistics. We are interested in probabilistic methods, approximate inference, generative models, deep neural networks, and reinforcement learning. We are currently focused on advancing both statistical inference with deep learning and deep learning with probabilistic methods. The deep probabilistic models and inference algorithms developed in our group have been applied to tackle challenging problems in a wide variety of research areas, including computer vision, natural language processing, sequential decision making, text analysis, image processing, time series modeling, graph mining, inverse materials design, and bioinformatics. Our research has received funding/computing support from NSF, TACC, ByteDance, and Nvidia.

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