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Bin Yu

Bin Yu

University of California

Department of Statistics

Department of EECS


367 Evans Hall #3860

Berkeley, CA 94720



Bin Yu is Chancellor's Professor in the departments of Statistics and of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at UC Berkeley. She is currently the chair of department of Statistics, and a founding co-director of the Microsoft Lab on Statistics and Information Technology at Peking University, China.

She got her B.S. in mathematics from Peking University in 1984 and came to the U.S. under the Chern Mathematics Exchange Program between China and the U.S. in 1985. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in statistics from UC Berkeley in 1987 and 1990,respectively.  She held faculty position at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and visiting faculty positions at Yale, ETH, Poincare Institute and Columbia University. She was a Memeber of Technical Staff in the math center at Lucent-Bell Labs from 1998 to 2000 while on leave from Berkeley. Jointly with others, she holds two U.S. patents on information technology.

Bin Yu's current research interests include statistical machine learning for high dimensional data, information theory, and modeling data from remote sensing, neuroscience, sensor networks, newspaper documents, and finance.  

She was a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, IEEE, IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) and ASA(American Statistical Association).  She co-chairs the national advisory board of the NSF center SAMSI on statistics and applied math.

Research Interests:
  • Statistical Learning and Inference
Participation & Positions:
Awards Committee (2009)
Board of Governors (01/01/03 until 12/31/04)