University of Southern California
Research Group

PhD completed 2014!

Yang, Rong 杨蓉

PhD Candidate, Computer Science Department

Short Bio

I completed a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Computer Science at University of Southern California. I am so fortunate to have Prof. Milind Tambe as my advisor. I joined USC in fall 2009, before which I got my M.S. degree from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineer at The Ohio State University, with Prof. Benjamin Coifman as my advisor. I received my B.S. degree from the Dept. of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University in Jul. 2007.

My research interests are in interdisciplinary areas between game theory and human decision-making modeling. In paticular, I have been focusing on relaxing the perfect rationality assumption of human adversary in Stackelberg Security Games for real-world security problems. More specifically, I am interested in building better models of human decision making that incorporate the bounded rationality of human decision makers, as well as developing efficient algorithms to compute defender optimal strategies to play against these human adversary models. My work for the US Coast Guard, in the center of the PROTECT software system, advanced the state-of-the-art in solving real-world Stackelberg games and was awarded the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for excellence in operations research practice in 2012. After extensive testing, the PROTECT program is now in operational use by the US Coast Guard.

I am the recipient of IBM PhD Fellowship (2013) and the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for excellence in operations research practice (2012).


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University of Southern California
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Email: yangrong [AT] usc [DOT] edu

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