Biography


Zeyuan on the photo day of MSR AI
@ Microsoft Research, 2018

In 1988, I was born in Nanjing, China. In 1998, I luckily designed a dynamic programming algorithm in an elementary-school contest, before knowing the word "algorithm." Since then, an idea to do computer science started to form in my mind.

In 2000-2006, I studied at NFLS, a liberal-arts school majoring English, and won some math/algorithm prizes. This includes the World Champion in USACO and two Gold Medals in IOI.

In 2006-2010, I studied math and physics at Tsinghua University. In this period, I was lucky to win the top prizes in MCM, ACM/ICPC, and Google Codejam. I started my research career in 2009, and received an ICDM Student Paper Award and a Microsoft Young Fellow Award.

In 2010-2015, I enrolled in MIT's graduate program. I was fortunate to be co-supervised by Prof. Silvio Micali and Prof. Jonathan Kelner. My 2012 master thesis on a new auction theory with player uncertainties appeared in the Econometrica journal. My 2015 doctoral thesis is on new frameworks for optimization algorithms.

In 2015-2017, I went to Princeton/IAS for a postdoc. I worked on machine learning and optimization theory with Prof. Elad Hazan, Prof. Avi Wigderson, and a number of amazing students.

In June 2017, I joined MSR AI, where our ML+optimization group generously provided me an environment for 100% academic research. Our group is managed by Dr. Ofer Dekel.