Dr. Hao Yang joined Visa Research as a Vice President in September 2015, where he is leading a team advanced machine learning research to tackle challenging problems in the payment industry and develop the world’s best commerce intelligence engine. Prior to joining Visa, Hao was a Software Engineer at Google Research, responsible for the research and development of a diverse set of machine learning technologies including social recommendation, knowledge discovery and semantic query understanding. Before joining Google, Hao was the Principal Researcher at Nokia Research Center, leading a team of research scientists and engineers driving innovations in data mining, machine learning and real-time data processing and developing intelligent mobile services. Hao also worked as a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, focusing on distributed system technologies including stream processing, messaging and publish/subscribe systems.
He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. He received his M.S. in Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence from Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001, and B.S. in Automatic Control from University of Science and Technology of China in 1998. His research interests are in data analytics, machine learning, deep learning and distributed systems. Dr. Yang holds twelve patents and has published over 40 papers in several international conferences and journals, including International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP), Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), and many more. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 Best Paper Award from the International Conference on Parallel Processing.