Renyu (Philip) Zhang 张任宇

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Renyu (Philip) Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Operations Management
NYU Global Network Assistant Professor
New York University Shanghai
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NYU Stern Department of Technology, Operations, and Statistics
NYU Shanghai Center for Business Education and Research
NYU Shanghai Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Curriculum Vitae (Last update: February 2021)

About Me

I am a scholar, a teacher, and a practitioner in data science and operations research. I have been an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at New York University Shanghai since August 2016. I am also affiliated with the operations management group at NYU Stern School of Business. My research addresses fundamental operations issues under the emerging trends in technology, marketplaces, and society. I am particularly enthusiastic about developing data-driven optimization and randomized experiment (a.k.a. A/B testing) methodologies to evaluate and optimize the operations strategies in the contexts of online platforms and marketplaces, sharing economy, and social networks, especially their recommendation, advertising, and pricing policies. My research works (downloadable here) have appeared in Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management, and have been recognized by various research awards of the INFORMS and POMS research communities. My research projects have been funded by NSFC, SMEC, and STCSM.

In addition to my scholarly endeavor, I am also interested in creating a broader impact by connecting knowledge and practice. I am an economist and Tech Lead at Kwai, developing and implementing economics and data science frameworks to evaluate and optimize the ecosystem of the large-scale online video-sharing and live-streaming platform, its recommender system and advertising platform in particular.

Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, I obtained my PhD degree in Operations Management at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis in May 2016 under the supervision of Professor Nan Yang and Professor Fuqiang Zhang. I got my B.S. degree in mathematics at School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University in July 2011.

Business and Data Science Seminars at NYU Shanghai

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