Joshua Yao-Yu Lin

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My name Joshua Yao-Yu Lin, I am a fourth-year physics Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am working work with Prof. Gil Holder on detecting dark matter substructures in strong lensing using deep learning and maximum likelihood method, as well as studying synthetic Black Hole Images (GRMHD/GRRT models) using convolutional neural networks with Prof. Charles Gammie for EHT. Also, I am working with Prof. Xin Liu on estimating AGN’s redshift and mass using neural networks. I am interested in and excited about the potential application of machine learning (in particular, deep learning) in astrophysics/ theoretical physics research.

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, Supermassive Black Holes, and Machine Learning.  I am particularly interested in Machine Learning + Physics. Recently, I am interested in reinforcement learning and the potential connection with physics research.

Contact me:

yaoyuyl2 at

R251 Loomis Building (Physics Department),
1110 W Green St Loomis Laboratory, Urbana, IL 61801