Yuan (Alan) Qi is Vice President and Chief Data Scientist of Ant Financial Service Group. He works on large scale machine learning, Bayesian inference, and big data analytics. He obtained his PhD from MIT Media Laboratory in 2005 and worked as an postdoctoral associate at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory until 2007. He joined Purdue University in 2007 and was tenured in 2013 as associate professor in Department of Computer Science and Department of Statistics. He has given numerous invited talks at universities and conferences, and collaborated with researchers in IT, financial and pharmaceutical industries on machine learning and data analytics problems. He is an associate editor of Journal of Machine Learning Research and served as area chair of International Conference on Machine Learning. He has received Microsoft's Newton Breakthrough Research Award in 2008 and USA NSF Career award in 2011.
At Alibaba and Ant Financial he has built large-scale machine learning and speech recognition teams and worked on applications in customer service, Ads, and microloan.