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Yingqian Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Information Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her research interests lie in the area of Artificial Intelligence for decision-making, particularly, machine learning, deep reinforcement learning, (trustworthy) data-driven optimization, and socially aware algorithms.    

She developes AI driven decision-making approaches in various problem domains, including logistics, transportation, manufacturing, and e-commerce. 


Yingqian Zhang is promotor of 
- Mohsen Abbaspour Onari
- Abdo Abouelrous
- Luca Begnardi
- Xia Jiang
- Robbert Reijnen
- Jesse van Remmerden
- Bart von Meijenfeldt
- Ya Song
- Igor Smit

Academic background

Yingqian Zhang received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK.  She  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.  

Yingqian is on the board of BNVKI  (Benelux Association for Artificial Intelligence), and on the technical expert board of European Big Data Value Association (BDVA).  She is an associate editor of journal "Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence", and serves yearly as a member of the technical Program Committee for major AI conference such as IJCAI, AAAI, AAMAS, ECAI.  She is on 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.


I optimize decisions in a data-rich environment using AI.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Technical Expert Board Member, The Big Data Value Association (BDVA)

2023 → …

Board Member, Benelux Association for Artificial Intelligence (BNVKI)

2018 → …


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