Chen named Fellow of Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association

Organization aims to build AI industry

Beth Miller 
Yixin Chen

Yixin Chen, professor of computer science & engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has been elected a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA).

AAIA, an interdisciplinary organization of AI industries, aims to build a broad AI industry to promote developing and applying AI in different fields of science and technology. AAIA gathers top scientists in different disciplines that can be combined with AI, AI related institutions, and entrepreneurs that have AI applications to drive innovation, development and application of AI.

Chen's research interests are in machine learning and artificial intelligence. He specializes in both fundamental research and real-world applications of deep learning, interpretable AI, learning of time-series and graphs, planning, optimization, and their applications in clinical decision support and health care. His research projects have included machine learning, including representation, interpretability, efficiency, compactness and clinical applications; clinical and health care data mining, including real-time data analysis and decision support for ICU/OR/general wards/wearables; scalable optimization and learning algorithms nonlinear optimization; and automated planning. 

Chen is a Fellow of the IEEE and served as a program chair for IEEE International Conference on Big Data in 2021 and an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare, ACM Transactions of Intelligent Systems and Technology, Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.

His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, Microsoft, Fujitsu and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He earned a bachelor’s in computer science from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1999 and a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2001 and 2005, respectively.

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