Tianyi Chen

About

Tianyi Chen has been with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as an assistant professor since August 2019.

Dr. Chen is the inaugural recipient of IEEE Signal Processing Society Best PhD Dissertation Award in 2020, a recipient of NSF CAREER Award in 2021 and a recipient of Amazon Research Award in 2022. He is also a co-author of the Best Student Paper Award at the NeurIPS Federated Learning Workshop in 2020 and at IEEE ICASSP in 2021.

Dr. Chen's current research focuses on theoretical and algorithmic foundations of optimization, machine learning, and statistical signal processing.

Education & Training

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA: Ph.D, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA: M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2016

Fudan University, China: B.S., Communication Science and Engineering, 2014

Recognition

Awards & Honors

Amazon Research Award - AWS AI, 2022

Best Student Paper Award (as senior author), ICASSP, 2021

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2021

IEEE Signal Processing Society Best PhD Dissertation Award, 2020

Best Student Paper Award (as senior author), NeurIPS workshop on Federated Learning (NeurIPS-SpicyFL), 2020

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, UMN, 2017

Best Student Paper Award Finalist, Asilomar, 2017

Graduate School Fellowship, UMN, 2014

National Scholarship (Top 2%), China, 2013

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