I am a Ph.D. student in Department of Computer Sciences at UW-Madison, advised by Prof. Kangwook Lee. Before that, I obtained Bachelor's degree in Data Science from Yuanpei College, Peking University. My research interest lies in machine learning, with a recent focus on sequential learning problems.



PhD in Computer Science, UW-Madison


BS in Data Science, Yuanpei College, Peking University

SEP 2015 - JUL 2019


Transformers Learn Meta-Skills for Task Generalization
Ying Fan, Steve Yadlowsky, Dimitris Papailiopoulos, Kangwook Lee


Under Review

How to Solve Contextual Goal-Oriented Problems with Offline Datasets?
Ying Fan, Jingling Li, Adith Swaminathan, Aditya Modi, Ching-An Cheng


Under Review

Domain Generalization with Nuclear Norm Regularization
Zhenmei Shi*, Yifei Ming*, Ying Fan*, Frederic Sala, Yingyu Liang. (* equal contribution)


CPAL 2024
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DPOK: Reinforcement Learning for Fine-tuning Text-to-Image Diffusion Models
Ying Fan*, Olivia Watkins, Yuqing Du, Hao Liu, Moonkyung Ryu, Craig Boutilier, Pieter Abbeel, Mohammad Ghavamzadeh, Kangwook Lee, Kimin Lee* (* equal contribution)


NeurIPS 2023
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Algorithms for Optimal Adaptation of Diffusion Models to Reward Functions
Krishnamurthy Dj Dvijotham, Shayegan Omidshafiei, Kimin Lee, Katherine M. Collins, Deepak Ramachandran, Adrian Weller, Mohammad Ghavamzadeh, Milad Nasr, Ying Fan, Jeremiah Zhe Liu


ICML 2023 Workshop Frontiers4LCD


Optimizing DDPM Sampling with Shortcut Fine-Tuning
Ying Fan, Kangwook Lee


ICML 2023
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Score-based Generative Modeling Secretly Minimizes the Wasserstein Distance
Dohyun Kwon, Ying Fan, Kangwook Lee.


NeurIPS 2022
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POEM: Out-of-distribution Detection with Posterior Sampling
Yifei Ming*, Ying Fan* and Yixuan Li. (* equal contribution)


ICML 2022
Oral (2%)
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Model-based Reinforcement Learning for Continuous Control with Posterior Sampling
Ying Fan, Yifei Ming.


ICML 2021
Oral (3%)
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IFDS RAship, UW-Madison

Founder Scholarship, Peking University

Award for Academic Excellence, Peking University



yingfan [at] cs [dot] wisc [dot] edu