Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Yang Cai joins Yale’s Computer Science Department with a secondary appointment in Economics. His research interests include algorithm design, the connection between Economics and Computation, and machine learning. In particular, his research focuses on the question: how should we rethink algorithm design facing new challenges posed by the ever-growing technology platforms such as sponsored search, online marketplaces, crowdsourcing, sharing economies, and cryptocurrencies? Cai’s research combines tools from mathematical optimization and machine learning, as well as ideas from economic theory, such as mechanism design and contract theory, to address these challenges. Before joining Yale, Cai was an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.Sc. from Peking University.