Dr. CHEN, Yifan
Dr. CHEN, Yifan

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
Assistant Professor (Affiliate), Department of Mathematics


Yifan Chen is an assistant professor in computer science and math at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is broadly interested in developing efficient algorithms for machine learning, encompassing both statistical and deep learning models. Before joining HKBU, Yifan earned his Ph.D. degree in Statistics from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2023, fortunately under the guidance of Prof. Yun Yang.

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning
  • Distributional Models
  • Computational Methods
  • Non-parametric Methods
I am looking for self-motivated (visiting) Ph.D. students / (remote) research assistants to work with me on machine learning. Fellowships / salaries are provided to qualified candidates. Any interested applicants can directly send me your CV and a brief introduction to your research interest. Please refer to the Zhihu post for more details.

Selected Publications

* Co-first author, ✉️ Corresponding author

Full list can be found here.
  • Y. Chen, R. Yao, Y. Yang, and J. Chen. A Gromov–Wasserstein Geometric View of Spectrum-Preserving Graph Coarsening. In Proceedings of 40th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML'23), 2023.
  • T. Wei*, Z. Guo*, Y. Chen*✉️, and Jingrui He✉️. NTK-approximating MLP Fusion for Efficient Language Model Fine-tuning. In Proceedings of 40th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML'23), 2023.
  • Y. Chen*, D. Hazarika*, M. Namazifar, Y. Liu, D. Jin, and D. Hakkani-Tur. Inducer-tuning: Connecting Prefix-tuning and Adapter-tuning. The 2022 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP'22 Oral), 2022.
  • Y. Chen and Y. Yang. Accumulations of Projections—A Unified Framework for Random Sketches in Kernel Ridge Regression. The 24th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS'21), 2021.