Professor Zhangyang “Atlas” Wang [Google Scholar] is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin. He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, at the Texas A&M University, from 2017 to 2020. He received his Ph.D. degree in ECE from UIUC in 2016, advised by Professor Thomas S. Huang; and his B.E. degree in EEIS from USTC in 2012. Prof. Wang is broadly interested in the fields of machine learning, computer vision, optimization, and their interdisciplinary applications. His latest interests focus on automated machine learning (AutoML), learning-based optimization, machine learning robustness, and efficient deep learning. His research is gratefully supported by NSF, DARPA, ARL/ARO, as well as a few more industry and university grants. He is an elected technical committee member of IEEE MLSP; an associate editor of IEEE TCSVT (in which capacity he received the 2020 IEEE TCSVT Best Associate Editor Award); and frequently serves as area chairs, guest editors, invited speakers, various panelist positions and reviewers. He has received many research awards and scholarships, including most recently an ARO Young Investigator award, an IBM Faculty Research Award, an Amazon Research Award (AWS AI), an Adobe Data Science Research Award, a Young Faculty Fellow of TAMU, and four research competition prizes from CVPR/ICCV/ECCV.
A Public Ivy (referred to a public university that can provide an Ivy League collegiate experience), UT Austin is one of the most prestigious universities in the US, and the flagship in the state of Texas. The university is a world-leading research institution in the engineering, computer science, and physical science fields. As of August 2020, 12 Nobel Prize winners, two Turing Award winners, two Fields medalists and two Abel prize winners have been affiliated with the school as alumni, faculty members or researchers. The Cockrell School of Engineering is consistently a top-10-ranked engineering school in the US.
UT Austin is among the world’s topmost universities for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) research. The U.S. News and World Report 2021 ranked UT Austin as No. 5 in the nation’s best Artificial Intelligence programs. Recently, the National Science Foundation has selected UT Austin to lead the NSF AI Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning, bolstering the university’s existing strengths in this emerging field. UT Austin is poised to develop entirely new classes of algorithms that will lead to more sophisticated and beneficial AI technologies.
UT Austin has also established a campus-wide Machine Learning Laboratory, that will focus its initial research agenda on core algorithmic advances and a select set of applications that reflect the strengths and capabilities of UT Austin. The UT Machine Learning Laboratory brings together a community that includes linguists, ethicists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists with plans to grow as machine learning takes on increasing importance across disciplines. Professor Wang is a core faculty member of the UT Machine Learning Laboratory.
UT Austin is home to the world-renowned Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, an organized research unit created to foster the interdisciplinary development in computational sciences and mathematical modeling. The Oden Institute houses the interdisciplinary Ph.D/M.S program in Computational Science, Engineering & Mathematics (CSEM), which is ranked #1 in the world by CWUR in the discipline “Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Applications”. Professor Wang is an affiliated faculty member of the Oden Institute, and can solely advise graduate students from the CSEM program.
UT Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (UT ECE) has been ranked in the US top-10 over several decades. It is the largest department in the Cockrell School of Engineering with more than 2,500 students and 70 tenure/tenure-track faculty, and is housed by the fabulous EER Building. Based on U.S. News and World Report 2020, UT’s graduate programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering are ranked no. 9 and no. 6 in the U.S. respectively. UT ECE’s current faculty members include 3 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Members, 4 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Members, 1 Emmy Award winner, 4 ACM Fellows, 28 IEEE Fellows, 4 OSA Fellows, 2 SPIE Fellows, and 3 APS Fellows.
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