Ph.D. student

Lehigh University


Yutong is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lehigh University, working under the supervision of Professor Daniel P. Robinson. He also has the fortune to work closely with Professor Lichao Sun.

His current research focuses on 1) designing, analyzing and implementing algorithms for large scale non-convex non-smooth optimization problems arisen in machine learning and federated learning; 2) making machine learning and deep learning algorithms secure, private, and robust.


  • Nonsmooth Optimizaiton with Structured Sparsity
  • Optimization in Machine Learning
  • Adversarial Machine Learning
  • Federated Learning


  • M.S. in Statistics, 2019

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • B.S. in Statistics (with honors), 2017

    Sichuan University



Research Intern


May 2022 – Aug 2022 Palo Alto, CA

Data Scientists Intern

Bud Analytic Lab of Anheuser-Busch InBev

Jan 2018 – May 2019 Urbana, IL



Real Estate Market Data Analysis

Develope data products to help Airbnb hosts to determine listing prices.

Show and Tell: A Neural Image Caption Generator

Feed in an image, AI will generate the caption for you!

Variational Gaussian Mixtures

Clustering under the variation inference framework.