Joshua Yao-Yu Lin

I am 2016-10-05 16.35.12a third-year Ph.D. student in the Physics department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am interested in cosmology, and I am working with Gil Holder.

I was born in South Africa, and I grew up in Taiwan. Before joining UIUC, I received my M.S. in physics at the National Taiwan University and B.S. in physics at National Tsing Hua University. Here’s my Resume.

My research interests include Cosmology, Dark Matter, Neutrinos, Gravitational Lensing, and Machine Learning.  I am particularly interested in using strong lensing as a tool to detect dark matter substructures and also using Computer Vision to deal with astrophysical images. Recently, I am interested in reinforcement learning and the potential connection with physics research.


Contact me:

yaoyuyl2 at

R247 Loomis Building (Physics Department),
1110 W Green St Loomis Laboratory, Urbana, IL 61801