Yin Zhang’s research interests lie in the areas of optimization algorithms, compressive sensing: theory and algorithms, mathematical programming computation and applications and optimization applications in medicine and data science.
Yin Zhang has been a Rice faculty member since 1996. Prior to coming to Rice, he spent six years with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has done research as a visiting member of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Toronto, the Center for Research on Parallel Computation at Rice University and the Department of Physiology at Cornell University Medical College. He earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a B.S. in environmental engineering from the Chongqing Institute of Architecture and Engineering in China. On November 5, 2006, Yin’s work with researchers at Draper Labs and Rice graduate student Sagar Bhatt made it possible for NASA to successfully rotate the International Space Station by 90 degrees without using any costly fuel. Watch the YouTube video.