Ph.D. Candidate University of California, Santa Cruz
I am a fourth year Ph.D. in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, fortunate to be advised by Professor Yang Liu. My research focuses on the social aspect of machine learning, taking into account human decision subjects' responses when developing algorithmic systems. I was a student researcher at Google Brain hosted by Ehsan Amid in the summer of 2022. Starting from Fall 2023, I will be supported by the Chancellor’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship.
I received a MS in Statistics at Stanford University in 2019, where I worked with Professor Johan Ugander on node classification problem using semi-supervised learning.
Before that, I received my BS in Energy and Resources Engineering and BA in Economics from Peking University in 2016.
I received the Chancellor’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship from UCSC (only one recipient in the School of Engineering)!
One paper got accepted by TMLR!
One paper got accepted by ICML 2023 (see you in Hawaii)!
(* equal contribution)
Performative Prediction with Bandit Feedback: Learning through Reparameterization Yatong Chen, Wei Tang, Chien-Ju Ho and Yang Liu. In Submission. [paper]
Neural Network Prior Kernel
Ehsan Amid, Abel Peirson, Yatong Chen, Rohan Anil, Wojciech Kotlowski, Manfred K Warmuth. In Submission.
Learning to Incentivize Improvements from Strategic Agents Yatong Chen, Jialu Wang and Yang Liu. TMLR. (Preliminary version at ICML 2021 Workshop on Algorithmic Recourse, Best Paper Award). [arXiv][code]
Model Transferability with Responsive Decision Subjects Yatong Chen, Zeyu Tang, Kun Zhang and Yang Liu. ICML 2023. (Preliminary version at ICML 2022 Workshop on Adversarial Machine Learning Frontiers, Best Paper Award). [arXiv][talk slides]
Incentivizing Recourse through Auditing in Strategic Classification
Andrew Estornell, Yatong Chen, Sammy Das, Yang Liu, Yevgeniy Vorobeychik . IJCAI 2023.
Tier Balancing: Towards Dynamic Fairness over Underlying Causal Factors
Zeyu Tang, Yatong Chen, Yang Liu and Kun Zhang. ICLR 2023. (Preliminary version at NeurIPS 2022 Workshop on Algorthmic Fairness Through the Lens of Causality and Privacy). [paper]
Fair Transferability Subject to Distribution Shift Yatong Chen*, Reilly Raab*, Jialu Wang and Yang Liu. Neurips 2022. (Preliminary version at NeurIPS 2021 Workshop on Algorithmic Fairness through the Lens of Causality and Robustness). [arXiv]
Metric-Fair Classifier Derandomization
Jimmy Wu, Yatong Chen and Yang Liu. ICML 2022. Spotlight Presentation. [paper][talk slides]
Decoupled Smoothing on Graphs
Alex Chin, Yatong Chen, Kristen M. Altenburger and Johan Ugander. WWW 2019. Oral Presentation, top 5%. [paper][code][talk slides]
Fast Implicit Constrained Optimization of Non-decomposable Objectives for Deep Networks Yatong Chen, Abhishek Kumar, Yang Liu, Ehsan Amid. Has it Trained Yet? NeurIPS 2022 Workshop. [paper]
Fishy: Layerwise Fisher Approximation for Higher-order Neural Network Optimization
Abel Peirson*, Ehsan Amid*, Yatong Chen, Vladimir Feinberg, Manfred K Warmuth, Rohan Anil. Has it Trained Yet? NeurIPS 2022 Workshop. [paper]
Decoupled Smoothing In Probabilistic Soft Logic Yatong Chen*, Bryan Tor*, Eriq Augustine and Lise Getoor. 15th International Workshop on Mining and Learning with Graphs. [paper][talk slides]
Chancellor’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship (only one recipient in the School of Engineering), 2023, UC Santa Cruz
Best Paper Award, ICML Workshop on New Frontiers in Adversarial Machine Learning (AdvML), 2022
Finalist, Google PhD Fellowship Program, 2022
Best Paper Award, ICML Workshop on Algorithmic Recourse, 2021
Baskin Engineering Fellowship for Anti-Racism Research (FARR), 2021, UC Santa Cruz
Regents Fellowship, 2019, UC Santa Cruz
International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2022 in Baltimore. Talk on Metric-Fair Classifier Derandomization. July 19, 2022. [link]
Workshop on New Frontiers in Adversarial Machine Learning (AdvML Frontiers) 2022 in Baltimore. Talk on Model Transferability Subject to Distribution Shift. July 22, 2022. [link]
Workshop on Algorithmic Recourse (AR) 2021 virtual. Spotlight talk on Learning Linear Classifiers that Encourage Constructive Adaptation. July 24, 2021. [link]
Workshop on Consequential Decision Making
in Dynamic Environments (CDMDE) 2020 virtual. Talk on Strategic Recourse in Linear Classifier . December 12, 2020. [link]
Mining and Learning Graph Workshop (MLG) 2020 virtual. Talk on Decoupled smoothing in Probabilisitc Soft Logic. August 24, 2020. [link]
The Web Conference (WWW) 2019 in San Francisco, USA. Talk on Decoupled smoothing on Graphs. May 17, 2019. [link]