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Yingqian Zhang is as an Assistant Professor in the Information Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her research interests lie in the area of Artificial Intelligence, particularly, machine learning, data-driven optimization, multi-agent system, and algorithm design.    
She enjoys optimizing decision making with data, designing efficient algorithms, conducting simulations, and developing models and mechanisms involving cooperative or self-interested players. The application domains of Yingqian’s current research include e-commerce, transportation and logistics, and sharing economy.

Her current funded projects examine Prescriptive AI for decision-making in online AD auctions, predictive maintenance, lane selection in transportation, and service logistics.  

Academic background

Yingqian Zhang received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK.  She has worked as an Assistant Professor in Econometrics Institute a t Erasmus University Rotterdam, and as a postdoc researcher in the Algorithmics group at TU Delft. She was a visiting professor in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at University of Maryland, College Park, USA in 2015. She also teaches at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science.

Yingqian is active in the AI community. She is on the board of BNVKI  (Benelux Association for Artificial Intelligence), serves yearly as a member of the technical Program Committee for major AI conference such as IJCAI, AAAI, AAMAS, ECAI, and acts as a reviewer for journals including Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems, IEEE Transactions on TKDE, Journal Distributed Computing.  Recently she joined the executive committee of the working group DSO (Data Science meets Optimisation) of EURO (Association of European Operational Research Societies) to promote collaboration between AI and OR communities on the direction of machine learning and optimization.

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I optimize decision-making in a data-rich environment using AI.

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Space time adaptive processing Engineering & Materials Science
Batching Mathematics
Approximation algorithms Engineering & Materials Science
Task Allocation Mathematics
Tabu Search Algorithm Mathematics
Tabu search Engineering & Materials Science
Scheduling Engineering & Materials Science
Heuristics Mathematics

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Projects 2017 2019

Programmatic Advertising Support System (PASS)

Jansen, R., Jansen, R., Zhang, Y., Gerrits, E. & Rhuggenaath, J.

1/07/1730/06/18

Project: Research direct

Data Analytics for Trade Lane Risk Assessments and Control (DARA)

Jansen, R., Jansen, R., Akçay, A., Akçay, A., Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P., Zhang, Y. & Faghih Roohi, S.

1/06/1731/05/19

Project: Research direct

Research Output 1998 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

A decision support method to increase the revenue of ad publishers in waterfall strategy

Refaei Afshar, R., Zhang, Y., Firat, M. & Kaymak, U., 1 May 2019, CIFEr 2019 - IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 8 p. 8759106

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Websites
Marketing
Sales
Reinforcement learning
1 Citation (Scopus)

A PSO-based algorithm for reserve price optimization in online ad auctions

Rhuggenaath, J., Akcay, A., Zhang, Y. & Kaymak, U., 2019, 2019 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC). Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 2611-2619 8789915

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Particle swarm optimization (PSO)
Marketing
Experiments
2 Citations (Scopus)

A reinforcement learning method to select ad networks in Waterfall Strategy

Refaei Afshar, R., Zhang, Y., Firat, M. & Kaymak, U., 2019, ICAART 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence. Steels, L., Rocha, A. & van den Herik, J. (eds.). SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda., Vol. 2, p. 256-265 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Reinforcement learning
Websites
Marketing

Column generation based math-heuristic for classification trees

Firat, M., Crognier, G., Gabor, A., Hurkens, C. A. J. & Zhang, Y., 6 Jul 2019, (Submitted) In : Computers & Operations Research. 29 p., 1810.06684v1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Classification Tree
Column Generation
Decision trees
Linear programming
Integer Linear Programming

Data driven design for online industrial auctions

Ye, Q. C., Rhuggenaath, J., Zhang, Y., Verwer, S. & Hilgeman, M. J., 2019, (In preparation) 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

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Display devices

Prizes

Best Paper Award for 2017 by Omega-International Journal of Management Science

Yingqian Zhang (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Management science

Best paper award of MATES 2008

Yingqian Zhang (Recipient), 2008

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Multi agent systems
Scheduling

Best Student Paper Award

Reza Refaei Afshar (Recipient), Yingqian Zhang (Recipient), Murat Firat (Recipient) & Uzay Kaymak (Recipient), 21 Feb 2019

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

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Artificial intelligence
Students

Activities 2017 2019

Agent-Based Models for Exploring Public Policy Planning

Yingqian Zhang (Organiser)
15 Jul 201919 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

Data Science Meets Optimisation

Yingqian Zhang (Organiser)
11 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

ECML PKDD 2019 The European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases

Yingqian Zhang (Member of programme committee)
16 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

The 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2019

Yingqian Zhang (Member of programme committee)
10 Aug 201915 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Machine Learning and Optimization

Yingqian Zhang (Organiser)
9 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

Courses

Business Analytics

1/09/15 → …

Course

Business Intelligence

1/09/1331/08/19

Course

Design of Service Operations

1/09/15 → …

Course

Student theses

Achieving more accurate truck warning lights by descriptive and predictive analytics

Author: van de Donk, W., 31 May 2019

Supervisor: Zhang, Y. (Supervisor 1), Kaymak, U. (Supervisor 2) & Zervanou, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A deep graph convolutional neural network aiding in finding feasible shunt plans

Author: van de Ven, A., 28 Sep 2018

Supervisor: Zhang, Y. (Supervisor 1) & Eshuis, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Ambient temperature prediction of pharmaceutical air freight

Author: Terpstra, B., 28 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Zhang, Y. (Supervisor 1) & Akcay, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Analysis of skills needed for ICT employees in the Netherlands: a text mining approach to job vacancies

Author: de Ridder, E., 28 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Kaymak, U. (Supervisor 1), Sadowski, B. (Supervisor 2), Raiteri, E. (Supervisor 2), Zervanou, K. (Supervisor 2) & Zhang, Y. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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