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    This is Tim Li

    Born in Harbin, China

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    Math and physics trained, I am trying to contribute theoretical and algorithmic efforts to management, industrial and policy studies from a data-driven, network-oriented & dynamic-control perspective. I am interested in analyzing the underlying physics in social-economic processes, and more so in bringing them out through advanced math tools so as to guide real-world managerial practice as well as policy decision-making.

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About Me

Who Am I?

Hi This is Tim Li, Assistant Prof. in the Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics (DSE) at CUHK Business School. I was trained in math and physics during college (Peking U) and masters (Princeton U). During my doctoral studies at MIT Sloan, I analyze the dynamics and models of social systems and human networks, and try to contribute theoretical and algorithmic efforts to management, industrial and policy studies from a data-driven, network-oriented & dynamic-control perspective.

I had the experience to teach undergraduate, MBA and EMBA students, besides serving as coach for industrial summer programs.

It's my great honor to receive the Dana Meadows Award of year 2021 at the 39th International System Dynamics Conference.

In my non-academic life, I am an amateur in long-distance tracks, kickboxing, fitness, soccer & basketball.

System Modeling & Control

Management Decision-making

Network Algorithms

Industrial & Data Engineering

Latest

Automation of Data Acquisition Strategies in Model Calibration for System Models: Sensor Placement

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Education

Academic Degree

Sloan School of Management, MIT Ph.D., 2021

Committee

Hazhir Rahmandad, John Sterman, Munther Dahleh, Rogelio Oliva

Sloan School of Management, MIT M.S., 2020

Committee

Hazhir Rahmandad, John Sterman, Christian Catalini, David Keith

Department of Geosciences, Princeton University M.A., 2017

Committee

Allan Rubin, Jeroen Tromp, Frederik Simons

School of Earth and Space Science, Peking University B.S., 2015

Applied Mathematics, doule major in School of Mathematical Sciences

Publications

Research Expertise

--System Dynamics --Management Optimization/Algorithms --Industrial Engineering --Network science

--Control Theory --Graph Theory --Queueing Theory --Cryptography --Machine Learning

In my doctoral research, I am trying to contribute theoretical and algorithmic efforts to management, industrial and policy studies from a data-driven, network-oriented & dynamic-control perspective. With my background, I am extremely interested in analyzing the underlying physics in social-economic processes with the ubiquitous existence of human factors, and more so in bringing these physics out through appropriate mathematical tools, such as graph theories, control theories and machine-learning techniques, so as to assist social science modelers with well-functioning algorithms that could possibly help guide real-world managerial practice as well as policy decision-making. In future research works, I would try to bring these theoretical efforts to applicational fields at more traditional management science branches, such as marketing and finance, upon which to get engaged in more topic-oriented studies.

Selected Publications

Li, T., Zhang, P. & Zhou, H-J. (2021). Long-loop feedback vertex set and dismantling on bipartite factor graphs. Physical Review E, 103(6), L061302.[PDF]

Zhou, P., Li, T., & Zhang, P. (2020). Phase transitions and optimal algorithms for semi-supervised classifications on graphs: From belief propagation to graph convolution network. Physical Review Research, 2(3), 033325.[PDF]

Li, T. (2020). Simulating the spread of epidemics in China on multi-layer transportation networks: Beyond COVID-19 in Wuhan. EPL (Europhysics Letters), 130(4), 48002.[PDF]

Li, T., & Zhang, P. (2020). Self-falsifiable hierarchical detection of overlapping communities on social networks. New Journal of Physics, 22(3), 033014.[PDF]

Li, T. (2019). Does the existence of" talented outliers" help improve team performance? Modeling heterogeneous personalities in teamwork. Journal of Industrial & Management Optimization, 13(5), 12-19.[PDF]

Li, T., & Rubin, A. M. (2017). A microscopic model of rate and state friction evolution. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122(8), 6431-6453.[PDF]

Google Scholar

ResearchGate

Code Repository

Algorithms & Projects

Model Calibration

Staged data acquisition for system models: Sensor Placement

Community Detection

Self-falsifiable hierarchical detection of overlapping communities

SCA of System Models

Post-modeling structural control analysis (SCA) on SD models

BPGCN

Belief propagation graph convolution neural network: clustering on graphs

QN Routing

Effective routing design on quantum communication networks

Friction Evolution

Microscopic models of rate and state friction evolution (Geophysics)

Sports

Body > Brain

Sports is a very important aspect of my life. I am quite good at sports with physical contact, including individual or group exercise. I won a few trophies in amateur contests.

Kickboxing

President, MIT Kickboxing club, 2018-2019

Winner of PKU-THU Kickboxing Combat (70 kg), 2015

Marathon

Champion of Boston 5k Charity Run, 2019

Half M - 1’26’57", Cambriage Half, 2019

3k - 9’47" ## 5k - 17’18" ## 10k - 37’05"

Fitness

Fitness Coach of Senior Grade, CBBA

Certified Personal Trainer, IFBB

PKU Plank Champion, 2017

Basketball

Captain, Princeton Chinese basketball team, 2016-2017

Tim's PB sheet

+ Hours of Running on Road
+ Consecutive Days of Exercise
+ Years in Various Sports
(small) Trophies So Far
Writings

Miscellaneous

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2020 | Scientific

Scientific Talks on COVID | 有关新冠的科学漫谈

Beijing Documents (2020-2021) | 《北京纪事》2020年8月刊-2021年2月刊

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2019 | Poetry

DIALOGUE(I-IV)

辄举/de Cabaret/Playground/秋千秋

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2018 | Non-fiction

A Young Man's Home Trip | 回偶乡书

Tancaijing/Sohu/Zhihu (2018) | 搜狐/知乎,2018年

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2014-2015 | Poetry

VOICE(I-V) | 月亮河/Since 19XX/革命年代/吉诃德/商籁

II:Nature in Digital Times (2018)/III:30 under 30 - Poems from Chinese Millenials (2020)

Get in Touch

Contact

tianyi.li@cuhk.edu.hk

Room 944, CYT Building, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

+852 3943 7818