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Yi (Starry) Cheng is a Ph.D. student in Operations Research at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She received her bachelor degree in Information Systems at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China.
Her current research focuses on the analysis in stochastic dynamic programming and its applications. She is also interested in the design of stochastic algorithms for solving optimization problems that arise in the field of big data analytics.