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Yan Leng

Ph.D. candidate at MIT Media Lab

Email: yleng@mit.edu
MIT Media Lab, E15-384C
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

I am a Ph.D. candidate at Human Dynamics Laboratory at MIT Media Lab, supervised by Professor Alex 'Sandy' Pentland. I received my Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and Transportation Engineering from MIT in 2016. I received my Bachelor degrees in Transportation Engineering and Computational Mathematics from Beijing Jiaotong University.

I am interested in bridging the network-based machine learning methods and their practical applications in computational social science. My primary research interest is to understand how decisions are made on social networks combining tools from game theory, machine learning, and Bayesian generative methods.

I develop machine learning methods on social networks, inspired by theories in social science and microeconomics, to infer social relationships and/ or the underlying decision-making functions. Moreover, I develop generative models to understand how networks are formed and how decisions are made in a network environment.

In the long-run, I aim to combine game theory and machine learning to enable adaptive network-based interventions both methodologically and experimentally.

Please do not hesitate to email me if you are interested in my research or are working in relevant areas.