Yi Ma received his Bachelor's degree in Automation and a second degree in Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1995. He received an Master degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) in 1997, a second Master degree in Mathematics in 2000, and the Ph.D. degree in EECS in 2000, all from the University of California at Berkeley. From 2000 to 2011, he served as an assistant and associate professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he now holds an Adjunct Professorship. He also served as a research professor both in the Decision & Control Group of the Coordinated Science Laboratory and in the Image Formation & Processing Group of the Beckman Institute. He was a visiting professor at EECS Department of UC Berkeley during sabbatical in spring 2007. From February 2014 to November 2017, he was a professor and then the executive dean of the School of Information Science and Technology of ShanghaiTech University. While he was working in China, he had also held several courtesy appointments as Adjunct Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology, the Univeristy of Science and Technology, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, while working in China. He has joined the faculty of the EECS Department of University of California at Berkeley since January 2018.
- Geometric Methods in Optimization and Sampling, Fall 2021. Visiting Scientist.