I am an assistant professor of statistics at The University of Texas at Austin. I am with the Statistics Group in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management (IROM) at the McCombs School of Business. I am also a core faculty member in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences (SDS) at the College of Natural Sciences.

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.

My research lies at the intersection of Bayesian statistics and machine learning. I am interested in statistical theory and methods, hierarchical models, Bayesian nonparametrics, statistical inference for big data, and deep learning. I am currently focused on advancing both statistical inference with deep learning and deep learning with probabilistic methods.

To prospective Ph.D. students

An applicant can submit a single application fee and apply to two statistics Ph.D. programs:
The statistics Ph.D. program of the IROM department
The statistics Ph.D. program of the SDS department

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