Dr. Yijun Zhao

Dr. Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Fordham University. She also directs the Master of Data Science (MSDS) program at Fordham where she leads the design and delivery of an effective curriculum to educate the next generation of data scientists. Dr. Zhao’s research interests include machine learning, data mining, and statistical pattern recognition. She supervises a team of graduate research assistants and collaborates with domain experts to develop novel computational models in real-world applications. These new methods creatively exploit unique circumstances associated with a given task to establish a sound theoretical footing and allow for more effective learning.

Dr. Zhao holds an Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tufts University with a concentration in machine learning. Prior to embarking on her academic career, Dr. Zhao worked in the financial industry for over 10 years in a wide variety of roles, starting as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a senior quantitative analyst at Wells Fargo Advisors, and ending as a quantitative trader at hedge funds Millennium Management LLC and Ronin Capital LLC.

Selected Affiliated Research

Gender Difference in Psychological, Cognitive, and Behavioral Patterns Among University Students During COVID-19: A machine learning approach.

Preserving Gender and Identity in Face Age Progression of Infants and Toddlers.