Dr. Xianyuan Zhan is a research assistant professor at the Institute for AI Industry Research (AIR), Tsinghua University. He received a dual Master’s degree in Computer Science and Transportation Engineering, and a PhD degree in Transportation Engineering from Purdue University. Before joining AIR, Dr. Zhan was a data scientist at JD Technology and also a researcher at Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA). Dr. Zhan previously led the research and development of AI-driven industrial system optimization products at JD Technology. He has published more than 70 papers in key journals and conferences in the field of Transportation Engineering and Computer Science. He is also a reviewer for many top transportation and computer science journals and conferences. He is currently a committee member of China Computer Federation-Artificial Intelligence & Pattern Recognition (CCF-AI) Committee.

Research Interests

  • Offline deep reinforcement learning
  • Offline imitation learning
  • Foundation models for decision-making
  • Complex system optimization
  • Autonomous driving

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