Sirui Yao

Doctoral Student

Department of Computer Science
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia
Phone: +1(540)739-0158
Email: ysirui[at]vt[dot]edu



I am a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech. I am a member of the Machine Learning Laboratory, advised by Prof.Bert Huang. Before joining Virginia Tech, I graduated with bachelor's degree in Computer Science in July 2015 from Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

My research interests include machine learning, recommender systems, fairness in machine learning, model evaluation, simulation, etc.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Ph.D. Student, Department of Computer Science, school of Engineering

  • Harbin Institute of Technology
    B.S. in Computer Science and Technology


  • Beyond Parity: Fairness Objectives for Collaborative Filtering
    S. Yao, B. Huang.
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2017). To appear.

  • New Fairness Metrics for Recommendation that Embrace Differences
    Yao, Sirui, and Bert Huang
    Workshop on Fairness, Accountabilty, and Transparency in Machine Learning (FATML), KDD 2017 Workshop.

  • Review on Cyber-Physical Systems
    Liu, Yang, Yu Peng, Bailing Wang, Sirui Yao, and Zihe Liu
    IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, Vol. 4, NO. 1, January 2017.


  • Aircraft Evacuation Simulation
    Simulate the process of passenger evacuation on a plane based on realaircraft seat maps as well as user models that abstract various user behavior dynamics.

  • Optimization Visualization
    Build a web GUI that visualizes objective function contours and optimizationtrajectories with user-specified objective functions and user-selected optimizers.

  • Diversity Personalization
    Personalize recommendation diversity based on different levels of useropen-mindedness shown in observed history through reinforcement learning with simulated users.