Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang

I am currently a post-doc with Patrick Shafto in the Math & Computer Science Department at Rutgers University–Newark. My research interests can be summarized by these four words: human, machine, learning, and teaching. Current projects include using Bayesian teaching as a way to explain machine learning via data, coming up with unifying models of active learning and teaching, understanding recommender system as iterated learning, and exploring the representation implication of cooperation in inference.

Prior to this, I was a post-doc with Daniel Wolpert and Máté Lengyel in the CBL Lab at the University of Cambridge. There I studied active sensing by tracking human eye movement and quantifying its sensing efficiency with Bayesian active learning.

Prior to that, I did my PhD with John Bechhoefer in the Physics Department at Simon Fraser University. There I modelled the DNA replication as a stochastic process and applied the theory to analyze several types of replication experiment.

Contact: scottchenghsinyang[AT]gmail[DOT]com


Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang*, Wai Keen Vong*, Ravi B. Sojitra*, and Patrick Shafto (2019)
Understanding explainable artificial intelligence with Bayesian Teaching
Under review.
Chi-Ken Lu, Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Xiaoran Hao, and Patrick Shafto (2019)
Interpretable deep Gaussian processes with moments
Under review.
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Wai Keen Vong, Yue Yu, and Patrick Shafto (2019)
A unifying computational framework for teaching and active learning
Topics in Cognitive Science 11(2):316-337 [code]
Chi-Ken Lu, Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Patrick Shafto (2018)
Standing Wave Decomposition Gaussian Process
Physical Review E 98:032303 [code]
Yue Yu, Patrick Shafto, Elizabeth Bonawitz, Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Roberta M. Golinkoff, Kathleen H. Corriveau, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Fei Xu (2018)
The Theoretical and Methodological Opportunities Afforded by Guided Play With Young Children
Frontiers in Psychology 9:1152. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01152
Wai Keen Vong, Ravi B. Sojitra, Anderson Reyes, Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang*, and Patrick Shafto* (2018)
Bayesian teaching of image categories
Proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Yue Yu, Arash Givchi, Pei Wang, Wai Keen Vong, and Patrick Shafto (2018)
Optimal Cooperative Inference
Proceedings of the 21st international conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics [poster]
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang and Patrick Shafto (2017)
Explainable Artificial Intelligence via Bayesian Teaching
NIPS 2017 workshop on Teaching Machines, Robots, and Humans [poster]
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang and Patrick Shafto (2017)
Teaching versus active learning: A computational analysis of conditions that affect learning
Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society [poster] [code]
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Jake Alden Whritner, Olfa Nasraoui, and Patrick Shafto (2017)
Unifying recommendation and active learning for human-algorithm interactions
Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society [slides]
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Daniel Wolpert, and Máté Lengyel (2016)
Theoretical perspectives on active sensing
Current Opinions in Behavioural Neuroscience 11:100-108
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Máté Lengyel, and Daniel Wolpert (2016)
Active sensing in the categorization of visual patterns
eLife 5:e12215 [powerpoint] [code]
Shankar P. Das, Tyler Borrman, Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Victor W. T. Lui, John Bechhoefer, and Nicholas Rhind (2015)
Replication timing is regulated by the number of MCMs loaded at origins
Genome Research 25:1886-1892
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang (2012)
Modelling the DNA replication program in eukaryotes
PhD Thesis
Antoine Baker, Benjamin Audit, Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, John Bechhoefer, and Alain Arneodo (2012)
Inferring where and when replication initiates from genome-wide replication timing data
Phyiscal Review Letter 108:268101
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Nicholas Rhind, and John Bechhoefer (2010)
Modeling genome-wide replication kinetics reveals a mechanism for regulation of replication timing
Molecular Systems Biology 6:404 [supplementary material] [slides] [code]
Rated by Faculty of 1000 Biology as MUST READ [link]
Nicholas Rhind, Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, and John Bechhoefer (2010)
Reconciling stochastic origin firing with defined replication timing
Chromosome Research 18:35
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang, Michel Gauthier, and John Bechhoefer (2009)
Computational methods to study kinetics of DNA replication
Methods in Molecular Biology 521:555-573
Scott Cheng-Hsin Yang and John Bechhoefer (2008)
How Xenopus laevis embryos replicate reliably: Investigating the random-completion problem
Physical Review E 78:041917 [slides]
Selected for a Viewpoint article: Just-in-time DNA replication