Yue Zhao
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Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, USA
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👑 Automation, System, and APplication (ASAP) Lab

Openings and Timeline for PhD Offer. I am peacefully looking for Ph.D. student (from Fall 25) and interns (no earlier than Fall 2024). I prepared a procedure on the USC CS Ph.D. offer process and funding.

  1. I do not plan to have students who ONLY work on MLSys -- you may do data mining (like anomaly detection, GNN) + systems.
  2. You are expected to have one top paper in my current focus (anomaly/outlier/OOD detection, Auto ML, Multimodal Learning) and strong programming skills (e.g., (ML) system papers or open-source experience).

Personal Views on PhD. Even the lab is named ASAP (credit to Xiyang Hu), I am very relaxed. Doing a PhD and conducting research is just a job. Doing ok jobs and being an average person is excellent. My life has been happy: I have supportive parents and partner, and I do not need to use work/career to prove anything :)

Email for Connection - Please email the following (subject line: "Interested in {position, e.g., Ph.D.} at {expected time, e.g., Fall 25}"): Magic Words please add Trojan in the email title to show you read this carefully.

  • CV: Provide a concise background about yourself and your plan for future steps.
  • Research experience: at least 1 relevant publication in anomaly/outlier/OOD detection, Auto ML, Multimodal Learning.
  • Strong Programming/System Experience: (ML) System papers and/or open-source experience.
  • Why ASAP?: Do share if any of my research papers or topics are of interest to you. Also, feel free to suggest new topics that you would like to explore. I am always open to fresh perspectives and ideas.

General Expectations. Strong programming is essential as our work revolves around ML Systems and open-source ML. A solid foundation in statistics and mathematics will be a significant plus. Don't fear making mistakes; they're a part of the learning curve in both research and life.

Compensation. Ph.D. students will receive the full support (tuition waiver + stipend is $40,000 in 2024-25) outlined by the CS department. TA is always guaranteed, and we will try to give you as many RA as possible. We do not have paid opportunities for undergraduate and master RA; it is not allowed to pay remote interns at USC :( Please consider this before reaching out.

GPU Clusters. We recently (Nov 2023) bought a new GPU server with AMD EPYC Milan 7763, 64x16=1TB DDR4 memory, 15 TB SSD, 6x NVIDIA RTX A6000 Ada (released Dec 2022; 1.5x faster than A6000). We plan to buy a second GPU server in Fall 2024.

Cloud Credits. We recently (Mar 2024) get more than 5,000 GPU hours on A100 and equivalent from NSF and Google.


Our Team (Alphabetical by last name; more to add)

Connect with them: many of the Master RA are looking for Ph.D./full time job for Fall 2024/2025 -- please reach out to them (or me for an intro).

Haoyan Xu

Haoyan Xu

GNN, Time Series, Anomaly Detection

Ph.D. Student (haoyanxu@usc.edu)

Tiankai Yang

Tiankai Yang

Anomaly Detection, ML

Ph.D. Student (tiankaiy@usc.edu)

Li Li

Li Li

ML, Data Mining

Ph.D. Student (lli15753@usc.edu)


Sihan Chen

Sihan Chen

Intersection of ML and OR

Master's Student (schen976@usc.edu)

Sheng Chen

Sheng Chen

ML, CV

External RA (neosheng.chen@mail.utoronto.ca)

Xingcan Hu

Xingcan Hu

ML, DL

External RA (xingcanhu@outlook.com)

Bourne Li

Bourne Li

NLP, Distributed Systems

Master's Student (jli77629@usc.edu)

Leo Lee

Leo Lee

ML/Database System

Master's Student (ltlee@usc.edu)

Jun Jie Ou yang

Jun Jie Ou yang

ML, Robotics

Master's Student (ouyangja@usc.edu)

Yuangang Li

Yuangang Li

Cloud Computing, ML, Distributed Systems

Master's Student (yuangang@usc.edu)

Yichi Zhang

Yichi Zhang

Network, Cloud Computing, ML

Master's Student (yzhang42@usc.edu)

Lujia Zhong

Lujia Zhong

ML and Generative AI

Master's Student (lujiazho@usc.edu)