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Ming-Yang Kao

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech Room M324
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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Ph.D. Computer Science, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Ph.D. Program Computer Science, Princeton University, Princeton, MA

Ph.D. Program Mathetmatics, University of California, Berkeley, CA

B.S. Mathematics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Research Interests

His primary research interests are in computer algorithms and their applications. He has published more than 150 publications in a broad range of research areas, including algorithms for computational finance and economics, nano technology (self-assembly), computational biology, data security, graph theory, parallel computing, and combinatorial optimization. He is a dedicated teacher. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in algorithms, he enjoys teaching numerical analysis and mathematics.

Among his many community involvements, he is Editor-in-Chief of Algorithmica as well as Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Algorithms.  He has served as a judge in science fairs at local schools in the Chicago area.  He was originally from Taiwan and has strong active professional ties with Asia among other regions. For administrative services, he believes that an essential mission in leading an academic community is to proactively support the careers of fellow community members; he excels at efficiently and effectively mobilizing resources to provide such support.

Selected Publications

  • Chuan Ju Wang, Ming Yang Kao, “Optimal search for parameters in Monte Carlo simulation for derivative pricing”, European Journal of Operational Research, (2016)
  • , “Encyclopedia of Algorithms”, Springer, (2016)
  • Mee Yee Chan, Wun-Tat Chan, Francis Y. L. Chin, Stanley P. Y. Fung, Ming-Yang Kao, “Encyclopedia of Algorithms”, Springer, (2016)
  • Aleck Johnsen, Ming Yang Kao, Shinnosuke Seki, “A manually-checkable proof for the NP-hardness of 11-color pattern self-assembly tileset synthesis”, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, (2015)
  • Kao, Ming-Yang; Liao, Szu-Lang; Ho, Jan-Ming; Tsai, Yi-Cheng; Lei, Chin-Laung, “Outstanding principal as prepayment value: A closed-form formula for mortgage pricing”, Journal of Information Science and Engineering, (2015)
  • Kao, Ming-Yang; Wang, Chuan-Ju, “Optimal search for parameters in Monte Carlo simulation for derivative pricing”, IEEE/IAFE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering, Proceedings (CIFEr), (2014)
  • , “Encyclopedia of Algorithms”, Springer, (0000)
  • Kao, Ming-Yang; Johnsen, Aleck C.; Seki, Shinnosuke, “Computing minimum tile sets to self-assemble color patterns”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), (2013)