Zikun Ye

I am currently a PhD candidate in Operations Research at Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My research focuses on data-driven optimization, field experiments and causal inference with applications in revenue management and platform operations. I am advised by Prof. Xin Chen and Prof. Dennis Zhang.

Education

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Operations Research (2018 – 2024 expected)
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Mathematics (2014 - 2018)

Research

  1. Cold Start to Improve Market Thickness on Online Advertising Platforms: Data-Driven Algorithms and Field Experiments, with Dennis Zhang, Heng Zhang, Renyu Zhang, and Xin Chen. accepted at Management Science
    • Finalist, 2020 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Jeff McGill Student Paper Prize.
  2. Efficient Algorithms for Minimizing Compositions of Convex Functions and Random Functions and Its Applications in Network Revenue Management with Xin Chen, Niao He, Yifan Hu. under review.

  3. Machine Learning Based Inference Framework for Multiple A/B Tests on Large Scale Platforms”, with Zhiqi Zhang, Dennis Zhang, Heng Zhang, Renyu Zhang, in preparation.

Teaching

Conference Talks

Machine Learning Based Inference Framework for Multiple A/B Tests on Large Scale Platforms

  • INFORMS ISMS Conference, Online. Jun. 2022

Efficient Algorithms for Minimizing Compositions of Convex Functions and Random Functions

  • INFORMS Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 2022
  • MSOM SIG in SCM, Munich, Germany. Jun. 2022
  • INFORMS RMP Spotlight Session, Online. Jun. 2022
  • POMS Annual Conference, Online. May. 2022

Cold Start to Improve Market Thickness

  • MSOM SIG in Service Management, Munich, Germany. Jun. 2022
  • INFORMS RMP Spotlight Session, Online. Jun. 2022
  • MIW, Online. May. 2022
  • POMS Annual Conference, Online. May. 2022
  • Cornell ORIE Young Researcher Workshop, Ithaca, NY. Oct. 2021
  • INFORMS Annual Meeting, Online. Oct. 2021

Awards

  1. Finalist Jeff McGill Student Paper Prize, INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section, 2020
  2. William A Chittenden II Award, UIUC, 2021

Contact

  • Email: zikunye2 <at> illinois <dot> edu
  • Office: 13 Transportation Building, 104 S. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL, 61801