## Appointments |

2017-Now | Assistant Professor in University of Washington |

2018-Now | Visiting Researcher in Microsoft Research |

2016-2017 | Postdoc in Microsoft Research |

## Education |

2012-2016 | Ph.D. in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology |

2008-2012 | B.S. in Mathematics, Chinese University of Hong Kong |

## Awards |

2020 | Packard Fellowship |

| Sloan Research Fellowship |

| Best Student Paper by my PhD student Haotian Jiang, Symposium on Discrete Algorithms |

2019 | Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship |

2018 | Best Paper Award, Neural Information Processing Systems |

| A. W. Tucker Prize |

| NSF CAREER Award |

2016 | Sprowls Award, MIT |

2015 | Best Student Paper, Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science |

2014 | Notable article in computing in 2014 by Computing Reviews |

| Best Student Paper, Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science |

| Best Paper Award, Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science |

| Best Paper Award, Symposium on Discrete Algorithms |

2013 | Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize, MIT |

2012 | MIT Presidential Fellowship |

## Selected Publications |

2021 | A Nearly-Linear Time Algorithm for Linear Programs with Small Treewidth: A Multiscale Representation of Robust Central Path (STOC 2021) |

2019 | Solving Linear Programs in the Current Matrix Multiplication Time (STOC 2019) |

2018 | Optimal Algorithms for Non-Smooth Distributed Optimization in Networks (NeurIPS 2018) |

| k-server via multiscale entropic regularization (STOC 2018) |

| Convergence rate of Riemannian Hamiltonian Monte Carlo and faster polytope volume computation (STOC 2018) |

2017 | Eldan's Stochastic Localization and the {KLS} Hyperplane Conjecture: An Improved Lower Bound for Expansion (FOCS 2017) |

| Kernel-based methods for bandit convex optimization (STOC 2017) |

2015 | A Faster Cutting Plane Method and its Implications for Combinatorial and Convex Optimization (FOCS 2015) |

2014 | Path Finding Methods for Linear Programming: Solving Linear Programs in $\tilde{O}(\sqrt{\mathrm{rank}})$ Iterations and Faster Algorithms for Maximum Flow (FOCS 2014) |

| An Almost-Linear-Time Algorithm for Approximate Max Flow in Undirected Graphs, and its Multicommodity Generalizations (SODA 2014) |

## Other Publications |

2021 | Reducing Isotropy and Volume to KLS: An $O(n^3 \psi^2)$ Volume Algorithm (STOC 2021) |

| Minimum Cost Flows, MDPs, and l1-Regression in Nearly Linear Time for Dense Instances (STOC 2021) |

2020 | Leverage Score Sampling for Faster Accelerated Regression and ERM (ALT 2020) |

| Logsmooth Gradient Concentration and Tighter Runtimes for Metropolized Hamiltonian Monte Carlo (COLT 2020) |

| An $O(m/\epsilon^{3.5})$-Cost Algorithm for Semidefinite Programs with Diagonal Constraints (COLT 2020) |

| A Faster Interior Point Method for Semidefinite Programming (FOCS 2020) |

| Bipartite Matching in Nearly-linear Time on Moderately Dense Graphs (FOCS 2020) |

| Network size and size of the weights in memorization with two-layers neural networks (NeurIPS 2020) |

| Acceleration with a Ball Optimization Oracle (NeurIPS 2020) |

| Solving Tall Dense Linear Programs in Nearly Linear Time (STOC 2020) |

| An Improved Cutting Plane Method for Convex Optimization, Convex-Concave Games and its Applications (STOC 2020) |

| Strong Self-Concordance and Sampling (STOC 2020) |

| Computing Circle Packing Representations of Planar Graphs (SODA 2020) |

| Differentially Private Release of Synthetic Graphs (SODA 2020) |

| Chasing Nested Convex Bodies Nearly Optimally (SODA 2020) |

| A Generalized Central Limit Conjecture for Convex Bodies (GAFA Seminar Notes) |

2019 | Complexity of Highly Parallel Non-Smooth Convex Optimization (NeurIPS 19) |

| The Randomized Midpoint Method for Log-Concave Sampling (NeurIPS 2019) |

| Faster Matroid Intersection (FOCS 2019) |

| Competitively chasing convex bodies (STOC 2019) |

| A near-optimal algorithm for approximating the John Ellipsoid (COLT 2019) |

| Near Optimal Methods for Minimizing Convex Functions with Lipschitz p-th Derivatives (COLT 2019) |

| Solving Empirical Risk Minimization in the Current Matrix Multiplication Time (COLT 2019) |

| Adversarial examples from computational constraints (ICML 2019) |

| Metrical task systems on trees via mirror descent and unfair gluing (SODA 2019) |

| A Nearly-Linear Bound for Chasing Nested Convex Bodies (SODA 2019) |

2018 | Efficient Convex Optimization with Membership Oracles (COLT 2018) |

| Universal Barrier is n-Self-Concordant (arXiv) |

| The Kannan-Lovász-Simonovits Conjecture (arXiv) |

| The Paulsen problem, continuous operator scaling, and smoothed analysis (STOC 2018) |

| A matrix expander Chernoff bound (STOC 2018) |

| Stochastic localization + Stieltjes barrier = tight bound for log-Sobolev (STOC 2018) |

| An homotopy method for lp regression provably beyond self-concordance and in input-sparsity time (STOC 2018) |

2017 | Optimal Algorithms for Smooth and Strongly Convex Distributed Optimization in Networks (ICML 2017) |

| An SDP-based algorithm for linear-sized spectral sparsification (STOC 2017) |

| Geodesic walks in polytopes (STOC 2017) |

| Subquadratic submodular function minimization (STOC 2017) |

2016 | Faster Algorithms for Convex and Combinatorial Optimization () |

| Black-box Optimization with a Politician (ICML 2016) |

| Using Optimization to Obtain a Width-Independent, Parallel, Simpler, and Faster Positive SDP Solver (SODA 2016) |

| Improved Cheeger's Inequality and Analysis of Local Graph Partitioning using Vertex Expansion and Expansion Profile (SODA 2016) |

| Geometric median in nearly linear time (STOC 2016) |

| Sparsified Cholesky and multigrid solvers for connection laplacians (STOC 2016) |

| Landmark-Matching Transformation with Large Deformation Via n-dimensional Quasi-conformal Maps (J. Sci. Comput.) |

2015 | A geometric alternative to Nesterov's accelerated gradient descent (arXiv) |

| Efficient Inverse Maintenance and Faster Algorithms for Linear Programming (FOCS 2015) |

| Constructing Linear-Sized Spectral Sparsification in Almost-Linear Time (FOCS 2015, SIAM J. Comput.) |

| Uniform Sampling for Matrix Approximation (ITCS 2015) |

2014 | Single Pass Spectral Sparsification in Dynamic Streams (FOCS 2014, SIAM J. Comput.) |

2013 | Efficient Accelerated Coordinate Descent Methods and Faster Algorithms for Solving Linear Systems (FOCS 2013) |

| Improved Cheeger's inequality: analysis of spectral partitioning algorithms (STOC 2013, SIAM J. Comput.) |

| A new approach to computing maximum flows using electrical flows (STOC 2013) |

## Teaching |

2020-2021 | CSE 535 Theory of Optimization and Continuous Algorithms |

| CSE 599 Sketching Algorithms |

2019-2020 | CSE 535 Theory of Optimization and Continuous Algorithms |

2018-2019 | CSE 535 Theory of Optimization and Continuous Algorithms |

| CSE 421 Introduction to Algorithms |

2017-2018 | CSE 421 Introduction to Algorithms |

| CSE 599 Interplay between Convex Optimization and Geometry |

## Service |

2021 | Co-organizer of a workshop on “Continuous approaches to discrete optimization” at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics |

| Local Organization Chair of APPROX & RANDOM 2021 |

| Program Committee of Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2021) |

2020 | Local Organization Chair of APPROX & RANDOM 2020 |

| Program Committee of International Workshop on Randomization and Computation (RANDOM 2020) |

2018 | Program Committee of Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2018) |

2017 | Program Committee of Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA 2017) |

| Co-organizer of a workshop in The 49th Annual ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC 2017) |

| Program Committee of International Workshop on Randomization and Computation (RANDOM 2017) |

2016 | Co-organizer of three sessions in The fifth International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT 2016) |