Yao Ma

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Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
School of Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Data Analytics and Machine Intelligence (DAMI) Lab

Email: may13@rpi.edu
Office: MRC 304

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Short Bio

Yao Ma is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Before joining RPI, he worked as an Assistant Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
He got his PhD from Michigan State University in 2021 under the supervision of Dr. Jiliang Tang. Before that, he completed his MS (2016) in Statistics, Probability & Operations Research at Eindhoven University of Technology and BS (2015) in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Zhejiang University.

I have several fully-funded PhD positions available in Spring 2024, and Fall 2024. If you are interested in working with me, please feel free to email me. Please check here for more details.

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning with Graphs, Graph Neural Networks

  • Trustworthy AI: Robustness, Fairness, Privacy

  • Data Centric-AI: Data Augmentation, Active Learning, Data Valuation, Data Condensation

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  • 09/2023 Two papers accepted by NeurIPS2023.

  • 08/2023 One paper accepted by CIKM2023.

  • 07/2023 One paper accepted by S&P2024.

  • 05/2023 Honored to receive a research grant from NSF for the project SHINE: Prediction of Coronal Mass Ejections and Interplanetary Magnetic Fields Using Advanced Artificial Intelligence Techniques as a Co-PI.

  • 05/2023 Gave a lecture on machine learning for the ISWS-REU program.

  • 05/2023 One paper accepted by ACL2023.

  • 04/2023 One paper accepted by TKDE.

  • 04/2023 Invited to give a talk at IEEE CAS Seasonal School.

  • 04/2023 One paper accepted by SIGIR2023.

  • 01/2023 Receving a gift grant from Shell for the project Supply Chain Network Optimization. Thanks Shell!

  • 12/2022 Invited to serve as a grant proposal panelist for NSF.

  • 11/2022 Our workshop Data Science for Smart Manufacturing and Healthcare was accepted by SDM2023.

  • 10/2022 Our workshop Machine Learning on Graphs (MLoG) is accepted by WSDM2023.

  • 08/2022 Honored to receive a research grant from NSF for the project Collaborative Research: III: Medium: Graph Neural Networks for Heterophilous Data: Advancing the Theory, Models, and Applications as the Site PI at NJIT.

  • 08/2022 Invited to give a talk for the Data Science Show at AT&T Labs.

  • 08/2022 New preprint on graph contrastive learning is available here.

  • 07/2022 Invited to serve as Senior PC member for AAAI2023.

  • 05/2022 One paper accepted by KDD2022.

  • 04/2022 Our workshop Machine Learning on Graphs (MLoG) is accepted at ICDM2022.

  • 03/2022 Invited to serve as a PC menber for KDD2022, ICML2022, IJCAI2022, and NeurIPS2022.

  • 02/2022 Gratefully received an NSF CRII grant (IIS-2153326) as the PI to support our research on advancing graph neural networks.

  • 01/2022 Two papers accepted by ICLR2022.

  • 11/2021 Our workshop “Machine Learning on Graphs (MLoG)” has been accpeted by WSDM2022.

  • 10/2021 Invited to serve as Proceddings Co-chair of KDD2022.

  • 10/2021 Invited to serve as PC member for SDM 2022.

  • 10/2021 Invited to serve as PC menber for The Web Conference 2022.

  • 09/2021 One paper accepted by NeurIPS2021.

  • 08/2021 Two papers accepted by CIKM2021.