Tianyu Zhang

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Tianyu Zhang

I'm a Ph.D. Candidate,Research Assistant,Teaching Assistant at the University of Alberta.

About Me

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Hi, my name is Tianyu Zhang, a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Alberta, Canada. My research interests are machine learning, sensor networks, internet of things, and transfer learning. Currently I am focusing on energy-efficient smart buildings.

What's new?

  • March 2022 - Our paper is accepted in ICPR!
  • March 2022 - Our paper is accepted in Energy and Buildings!
  • February 2022 - Take a look at what our lab is working on here!
  • February 2022 - I held my first seminar on the topic of building joint control and thermal comfort modelling. Video recording available here.
  • November 2021 - I presented our COBS at ACM SIGEnergy RLEM workshop.
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2019 - Present

Doctor of Philosophy

University logo University of Alberta
Department of Computing Science

Advisor: Dr. Omid Ardakanian

Research topic: Energy-efficient smart buildings

My research is inter-disciplinary and utilizes different techniques from machine learning, control systems and communication networks. It could produce innovative data-driven solutions for optimizing the energy consumption of buildings in the context of a smart city.

Expected Graduation: August 2023

2017 - 2019

Master of Science

University logo University of Alberta
Department of Computing Science

Advisor: Dr. Omid Ardakanian

Thesis Title: Building Occupancy and Thermal Modelling in the Wild*

*Departmental Outstanding Master of Science Thesis Award Runner Up

2013 - 2017

Bachelor of Science with Honors

University logo University of Alberta
Department of Computing Science

Three ACM ICPC Regional medals.

2021 May - 2021 December

Associate Researcher

Huawei Canada (Part-time)

Design a workflow for user to evaluate the robustness of their machine learning classifier. Investigate the application of Reinforcement learning in the domain of Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP), specifically the application of variable selection in Branch-and-Bound method.

2017 September - Present

Research Assistant

University of Alberta (Part-time)

Assists with academic research include but are not limited to editing and preparing manuscripts, producing academic papers, performing research work in archives, analyzing data, and developing models.

2017 September - Present

Teaching Assistant

University of Alberta (Part-time)

CMPUT 379 - Operating System Concepts
This course covers the design and implementation of operating systems, and operating systems concepts that appear in other distributed systems.

CMPUT 366 - Reinforcement Learning
This course provides an introduction to reinforcement learning intelligence, which focuses on the study and design of agents that interact with a complex, uncertain world to achieve a goal.

CMPUT 272 - Formal Systems and Logic
This course introduces the fundamentals of discrete mathematics and then use that knowledge to solve problems and communicate the correctness of the solutions.

2019 September - 2021 April

Library Back-End Programmer

University of Alberta (Part-time)

Deal with university publications. This includes organizing files stored on OpenStack Swift and MySQL entries, structuring and uploading items to the university production server using Ruby on Rails. Uploading items to the Internet Archive.


  • Everything
  • Refereed Papers
  • Preprints
  • Theses
  • Presentations

Refereed Papers




  • Modeling and Simulation Studies and Tools: Co-simulation Platform for Occupant-centric Control of Buildings, 6th International Symposium on Occupant Behaviour, September 2020.


My supreme supervisor

Omid Ardakanian

Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta
My beloved girlfriend

Yang Liu

Graduate Student at UNSW
My MVP colleague

Md Monir Hossain

Senior Data Scientist at WCB Alberta
My MVP colleague

Abdullah Al Zishan

Senior Software Engineer at AMD


  • University of Alberta Departmental Outstanding Master Thesis Award Runner Up
  • November 2020
  • University of Alberta Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • April 2020
  • University of Alberta Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award
  • April 2019

Get In Touch

I'm currently open for any part-time opportunities!

Please send me an email if you are interested. 👋

Email: tianyu[dot]zhang[at]ualberta[dot]ca

Mailing Address: Athabasca Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E8