Renyu (Philip) Zhang 张任宇

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Renyu (Philip) Zhang, PhD

Associate Professor (with tenure)
Operations Management Group
Department of Decisions, Operations and Technology
CUHK Business School
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Curriculum Vitae (Last update: April, 2024)

About Me

As a scholar, a teacher, and a practitioner in data science and operations research, I have been an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Operations Management Group of the Department of Decisions, Operations and Technology, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong since September 2022. I visited CUHK Business School as a Visiting Associate Professor in the 2021-2022 Academic Year. My research applies AI and data science to address fundamental business operations issues under the emerging trends in technology, marketplaces, and society. I am particularly enthusiastic about developing data science methodologies (machine learning, causal inference, and data-driven optimization) to evaluate and optimize the operations strategies in the contexts of online platforms and marketplaces, sharing economy, and social networks, especially their recommendation, advertising, pricing, and matching policies. My research works have been published in Management Science, Operations Research, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and recognized by various research awards of the INFORMS, POMS, and CSAMSE communities. My research projects have been funded by NSFC, SMEC, STCSM, HK RGC, and Tencent. I serve as a Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management and an Associate Editor for Naval Research Logistics.

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 user growth strategy and the ecosystem of the large-scale online video-sharing and live-streaming platform.

Prior to joining CUHK, I was an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at New York University Shanghai from August 2016 to June 2022, when I was also affiliated with the operations management group at NYU Stern School of Business. Starting from July 2022, I am a Visiting Scholar of 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.

News

CUHK Business School Department of Decisions, Operations and Technology will host a PhD recruiting workshop on June 27-29. Apply here if you are interested. Please read this document or this Zhihu post for more information, and email me if you have any questions.

I am actively hiring both full-time and part-time Research Assistants working on AI and data science applied to business problems, especially in the contexts of online platforms (Google, Facebook, Amazon, TikTok, etc.). Please check out my research works for more information and email me if you are interested.

I am teaching the Artificial Intelligence for Business Research course (Syllabus) at CUHK Business School and SJTU Antai, which introduces the fundamental ML/AI technologies useful for business research.

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD degree in Operations Management at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, please read this document or this Zhihu post, both of which are in Chinese. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Contact

Email: philipzhang(at)cuhk(dot)edu(dot)hk. Please replace "(dot)" with "." and "(at)" with "@".

Department of Decisions, Operations and Technology
CUHK Business School
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street
Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong, China.

Quotations

“切勿要求胜利,只应要求一往无前的勇气。因为从坚忍不拔的奋斗中,你将为自己带来荣誉。但更重要的,你将为全人类带来光荣。”---古希腊奥运会格言,见Hung-Hsi Wu(伍鸿熙)《黎曼几何初步》致读者的话。

"God, give us Grace to accept with Serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and Wisdom to distinguish one from the other."---Reinhold Niebuhr, the Serenity Prayer.