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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

About me

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab and a Research Assistant in the Human Dynamics Laboratory, led by Professor Alex Pentland I received dual masters from MIT in Computer Science and Transportation Engineering in 2016. My research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, statistical inference, and social sciences.

I am passionate about human behaviors, understanding how they make decisions in social networks, and modeling their behaviors with computational methods. In particular, I develop graph-based machine learning techniques for network inference, behavior prediction, and counterfactual prediction for causal inference.

Feel free to email me if you are interested in my research or have any idea to chat.

I am co-organizing the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science at MIT partner site on June 16 - June 29.

Upcoming and recent talks

[Apr 2019] Invited poster on "Observational causal inference with network information" at Graph Exploitation Symposium by MIT Lincoln Lab.

[May 2019] Invited talk about "Learning strategic interaction from individual action: A game-theoretic approach" at Machine Learning in Finance Workshop by Columbia University.

[May 2019] Talk on "Beyond exposure: the paradoxical nature of social influence" at NetSci 2019.

[July 2019] Two talks accepted at IC2S2.

"Learning strategic interaction from individual action: A game-theoretic approach"

"Measuring social influence within and across multi-dimensional homophilous communities"

Updated on May 1 2019