Zhiyuan "Jerry" Lin


Email: zlin48 [at] gatech [dot] edu


  • Georgia Institute of Technology 2012 - 2016 (expected)
    Candidate for Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
    GPA: 3.78


  • Undegraduate Research Assistant January 2013 - Present
    Georgia Institute Of Technology

    I have been researching with Georgia Tech Professor Polo Chau in areas including Visualization, HCI and Data Mining.

  • CS 1100 Teaching Assistant Aug 2014 - Present
    Georgia Institute Of Technology

    As a College of Computing mentor, lead a group of 12 entering freshman students, give information sessions to prospective students and their families, host middle and high school students during field trips and overnight visits and serv as a teaching assistant for CS 1100.

  • Software Engineering Intern May 2014 - August 2014
    Yahoo! Inc.

    Interned in Yahoo’s Homepage & Vertical team, Worked on Yahoo's homepage, mainly the mobile website. Worked collaboratively with product managers, designers, and front-end/back-end/system engineers to improve the user experience, especially the experience at the end of articles.

  • Vertically Integrated Project Researcher August 2013 - December 2013
    Georgia Institute Of Technology

    I am a part of the Reinforcement Team in Professor James McClellan's Vertically Integrated Project (VIP), Intelligent Tutoring System. My responsibilities include helping design and implement the reinforcement question selection algorithm and relevant UI.

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Faces of Inclusive Excellence at Georgia Tech September 2014
    Georgia Institute of Techonology

    A publication and showcase to highlight the diversity of Georgia Tech's faculty, staff, and students who make significant contributions to Georgia Tech’s national reputation as a diverse and inclusive technology-focused institution.

  • 2nd Place Poster in College of Computing at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium April 2014
    Georgia Institute of Techonology

    Georgia Tech’s Annual Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium, where students share research with students and faculty from all over campus

  • Sigma Xi Best Undergraduate Thesis Award March 2014
    Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

    Each year since 1947, the Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi has honored Georgia Tech faculty and students for their research at the annual Spring Awards Banquet. Honored to be one of the only two undergraduate awardees.

  • Dean's List Fall 2013, Spring 2014
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2nd place in Convergence Innovation Competition (CIC) November 2013
    Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC) & the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT)

    The Convergence Innovation Competition (CIC) is an annual event produced by Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC) and the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT). The overarching goal of the CIC is to create innovative and viable products and experiences including a strong user experience and a business case. My team's submission was a mobile-based scavenger hunt campus tour app.

  • SC13 Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates November 2013
    The International Conference for High Performance Commputing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC13)

    The Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates program provides exposure to HPC research topics and techniques for undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above. Selected to be one of the 25 undergraduate awardees.

  • President’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) July 2013
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program competitively funds individual requests by a student/faculty teams to support undergraduate student involvement in faculty research. Zhiyuan has received the President’s Undergraduate Research Salary Award (PURA) for Fall 2013. $1,500.

  • Faculty Honors Fall 2012, Spring 2013
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Faculty honors includes all degree-seeking undergraduates who during the preceding term made an academic average of 4.00, completed a schedule of at least 12 hours of coursework on a letter-grade basis with no W grades, and are not on academic warning or probation or subject to any disciplinary action. (All grades must be reported.)

  • Valedictorian May 2012
    Accelerated Learning Laboratory

    Graduated from Accelerated Learning Laboratory as valedictorian.

  • Medalist in Science Olympiad Arizona State Finals March 2012
    Arizona Science Olympiad Division C

    1st place in Math Application, 2nd place in Fermi Question, 4th, 5th and 6th places respectively in Technical Problem Solving, Chemistry Lab, and Helicopter.

  • First Prize in National Olympiad in Informatics in Provinces (NOIP) October 2010
    China Computer Federation (CCF)

    It was a programming competition, in a form similar to ACM-ICPC. Participants were asked to write programs solving some problems in a limited amount of time.

Hackathons and Other Events

  • Hack for Good: Internet of Things for Disaster Recovery March 2014
    CERCS & Intel

    It uses Intel's newest hardware and software tools for expanding the Internet of Things. It features coding on the Galileo board and access to data processing through the Cloud. Our project was preseved by the organizers.

  • 1st in GIT MAD's Appathon October 2013
    GIT MAD & GT WebDev

    GIT MAD's semi-annual Hackathon. Worked with two other teammates. I worked on the back-end math/algorithms and part of UI elements.

  • Mobile Data Award in HackMIT October 2013

    The team I as in created an experience sharing Android mobile app.

  • 2nd Place in the coding event in Google Games Atlanta 2013 April 2013

    A competition held by Google consisted of five different events. Participated with four other teammates.

  • Mobile Tech Award in GIT MAD's Appathon April 2013
    GIT MAD & GT WebDev

    GIT MAD's semi-annual Hackathon. Worked with two other teammates. The part I worked on was mainly the back-end engine along with the algorithm that the mobile campus tour-guiding app was using.

  • 2nd Place in Georgia Tech's Annual Hall Hack March 2013
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    This is a computer programming competition in Georgia Tech held for Freshmen.


  • GLO-STIX: Graph-Level Operations for Specifying Techniques and Interactive eXploration 2014

    Charles D. Stolper, Minsuk Kahng, Zhiyuan Lin, Florian Foerster, Aakash Goel, John Stasko, Duen Horng Chau
    IEEE InfoVis 2014. November 9 - November 14, 2014. Paris, France.
    IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

  • MMap: Fast Billion-Scale Graph Computation on a PC via Memory Mapping 2014

    Zhiyuan Lin, Minsuk Kahng, Kaeser Md. Sabrin, Duen Horng Chau, Ho Lee, U Kang
    IEEE BigData 2014. October 27 - October 30, 2014. Washington DC, USA.

  • GLOs: Graph-Level Operations for Exploratory Network Visualization 2014

    Charles D. Stolper, Florian Foerster, Minsuk Kahng, Zhiyuan Lin, Aakash Goel, John Stasko, Duen Horng Chau
    Work-In-Progress Poster, CHI 2014. April 26 - May 1, 2014. Toronto, Canada.

  • Demonstrating Interactive Multi-resolution Large Graph Exploration 2013

    Zhiyuan Lin, Nan Cao, Hanghang Tong, Fei Wang, U Kang, Duen Horng Chau
    Demo, ICDM 2013. December 7 - 10, 2013. Dallas, Texas, USA.

  • Interactive Multi-resolution Exploration of Million Node Graphs 2013

    Zhiyuan Lin, Nan Cao, Hanghang Tong, Fei Wang, U Kang, Duen Horng Chau
    Poster Abstract, IEEE VIS 2013. October 13 - 18, 2013. Atlanta, GA, USA.

  • Leveraging Memory Mapping for Fast and Scalable Graph Computation on a PC 2013

    Zhiyuan Lin, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau, U Kang
    Workshop Paper, IEEE BigData'13 Scalable Machine Learning: Theory and Applications. October 6 - 9, 2013. Santa Clara, CA, USA.

  • Scalable, Minimalist Graph Computation on a PC via Memory Mapping 2013

    Zhiyuan Lin, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau, U Kang
    Workshop Paper, Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN 2013). October 4 - 5, New York, NY.

Selected Projects

  • Accelerated Learning Laboratory website August 2014 - Present

    Rebuild ALL's website with technologies including Bootstrap, PHP and SQLite. Will be live soon while you can preview it at here

  • Adaptive Navigation November 2013 - Present

    Feedback-based graph navigation & exploration system.

  • Tech's Treasure November 2013 - Present

    A mobile-based multi-user scavenger hunt campus tour app.

  • GLO-STIX September 2013 - Present

    Present GLOs (graph-level operations) — a new idea and model for specifying graph visualization techniques. We con- tribute a method to identify GLOs and demonstrate GLOs’ flexibility in recreating canonical graph visualization techniques.

  • MMap Graph Computation June 2013 - Present

    A single-machine large-scale graph computation project that leverages Memory Mapping to boost its efficiency. Working in collaboration with PhD students, professors and researchers from Georgia Tech and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). A paper about this project is under review for WWW'14 Conference.

  • Visualization of App Store Metrics September 2013 - December 2013

    This is an on-going visualization project as coursework for class CS 4460. This is conducted in a team of four using JavaScript framework D3.js.

  • Intelligent Tutoring System August 2013 - December 2013

    Design, test and use systems to enhance student learning in Tech courses by applying techniques that include video and data mining, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human-computer interfaces. This is a Georgia Tech's Vertically-Integrated Project (VIP).

  • Journal July 2014

    Daily logging and automcatic summary android app to help users keep track of their everyday achievement.

  • Bubble Net February 2013 - January 2014

    The project is a scalable, interactive single-machine graph visualization system to support multi-resolution exploration of million-node graphs in real time. By adapting a fast state-of-the-art graph algorithm to decompose the graph, the prototype system generates a multi-resolution view of graphs with up to 69 million edges under a few seconds. A new web-based server-client version of the system is under development.

  • Where's My Stuff January 2013 - May 2013

    This is an Android mobile app as course work of class CS 2340 finished in a team of five people. The mobile app is aimed to help people report items they've found and search for their lost items on a database-based platform.


    • Programming Languages:
    • Java
    • JavaScript
    • PHP
    • C
    • C++
    • Python
    • SQL
    • Pascal
    • Web Development:
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • SASS
    • PHP
    • Vanilla.js
    • Bootstrap
    • JQuery
    • Node.js
    • Express.js
    • Dust.js
    • D3.js
    • Mocha
    • Grunt
    • Systems and tools:
    • Git
    • Subversion
    • LaTeX
    • Eclipse
    • Vi/Vim
    • Android SDK
    • MySQL
    • SQLite
    • Microsoft Windows
    • Mac OS X
    • Linux
    • Software:
    • Mircosoft Office
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Corel Video Studio
    • Languages:
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • English
    • Elementary Japanese
    • Other:
    • Accordion
    • Badminton
    • Simple Object Sketch

Selected Coursework

    Computer Science

    Fall 2014 CS 4510 Automata and Complexity
    CS 3251 Computer Networking
    Spring 2014 CS 4540 Advanced Algorithms
    CS 2200 Systems and Networks
    Fall 2013 CS 4460 Introduction to Information Visualization
    CS 3510 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
    CS 2110 Computer Organization and Programming
    Spring 2013 CS 2340 Objects and Design
    CS 2050 Introduction to Discrete Math
    Fall 2012 CS 1332 Data Structure and Algorithms


    Fall 2014 MATH 4022 Introduction to Graph Theory
    Spring 2014 MATH 3215 Probability and Statistics
    Fall 2013 MATH 3012 Applied Combinatorics
    Spring 2013 MATH 2605 Calculus III for Computer Science
    Fall 2012 MATH 1512 Calculus II - Honors

Activities and Organizations

  • GT WebDev September 2014 – Present
    Technical Committee Member

    As a member of WebDev's technical committee, resiponsible for planning and giving weekly talks about web development.

  • Georgia Tech College of Computing Mentorship Program April 2014 – Present

    Lead a group of entering freshman students, give information sessions to prospective students and their families, host middle and high school students during field trips and overnight visits, and serve as a teaching assistant for CS 1100 orientation class.

  • HackGT January 2014 – Present

    Part of HackGT hackathon event organizing group, resiponsible for technical development, fund raising and event planning.

  • Georgia Tech Chinese Friendship Association (GTCFA) October 2012 – Present

    Helped develop and maintain GTCFA's website.

  • Undergraduate International Student Ambassader November 2012 – December 2013
    Georgia Tech International Ambassador (GTIA)

    Aimed to help prospective international students find more information about Georgia Tech and the United States.

  • Georgia Tech Badminton Club August 2012 – December 2013

    Maintain and update the club's website.

Funding Experience

  • Faculty Materials, Supplies and Travel Grants April 2013
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Helped write a proposal for Faculty Materials, Supplies and Travel Grants for Undergraduate Research and got approved for summer 2013. $1,000.