Yiling Chen

Yiling Chen

  • Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science


Yiling Chen’s research lies at the intersection of computer science and economics, encompassing algorithms, complexity, mechanism design, game theory, optimization, multi-agent systems, and machine learning.

She is interested in designing and analyzing social and organizational systems such as markets, information aggregation instruments, advertising mechanisms, and online communities, according to both computational and economic objectives.

Chen received a Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University, University Park; a Master of Economics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; and a Bachelor of Economics from Renmin University, Beijing, China.

Prior to Chen’s appointment at Harvard, she was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research, and served as a Teaching/Research Assistant at various institutions, including Pennsylvania State University, Iowa State University, and Tsinghua University.

Chen has served as the Tutorial Chair of the ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC), 2008, and on the Program Committee for the International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2008, and the International Workshop on Internet and Network Economics (WINE), 2008. She has co-organized the 2nd and the 3rd Workshops on Prediction Markets, 2007-2008. She has also been a reviewer for Management Science, Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems and e-Business Management, and various conferences.

Chen’s awards include Outstanding Paper Award, ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC), 2008; Honorable Mention, Decision Science Institute Doctoral Dissertation Competition, 2006; and eBRC Doctoral Support Award, eBusiness Research Center at Penn State University, 2004.

Contact Information

Office:Maxwell Dworkin 233
Office Phone:(617) 495-3298
Lab Name:EconCS
Assistant:Ann Marie King
Assistant Office:Maxwell Dworkin 114A
Assistant Phone:(617) 496-1447
Research Mgr: Tara Araque

Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • July 2012-Present: Associate Professor of Computer Science

  • June 2008-June 2012: Assistant Professor of Computer Science


Yahoo! Research

  • 2006-June 2008: Research Scientist

Other Experience & Professional Membership


  • Named by IEEE Intelligent Systems as among "AI's 10 to Watch." The honor acknowledges "10 accomplished AI researchers in their early careers ... who promise to be the leaders of the field.", January/February 2011