Lily Xu

Ph.D. student at USC

I am a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California, advised by Prof. Milind Tambe and Prof. Bistra Dilkina. I seek to apply research in computer science — specifically in machine learning, game theory, and discrete optimization — to issues in sustainability. I am part of the USC Center for AI in Society, whose mission is to advance the application of artificial intelligence to issues in social good.

Before joining USC, I received my bachelor's degree in computer science with a minor in Spanish from Dartmouth College in 2018.

CV (pdf)


  • December 2018: Volunteered with Hustle N' Code, a hackathon for LA students living in public housing developments. My team, Brian's Stocks, got first place, and the four students each won a laptop.
  • November 2018: Presented talk Computer Science for Conservation at the College and Career Day at Zoo Magnet High School.
  • September 2018: Attended the Doctoral Consortium on Computational Sustainability at Cornell University.
  • August 2018: Joined USC as a first-year Ph.D. student.



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