Yifan Qian

Yifan Qian

Research Assistant Professor in Science of Science and Innovation

Northwestern University


I am currently a Research Assistant Professor at the CSSI, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, United States. My research is broadly concerned with the science of science, and combines theories and methods from network science, machine learning, data science, and sociology. The general goal of my work is to measure and predict innovations in research institutions with large-scale data sets on scientific fundings, publications and their broad impacts on various facets of human society.

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  • Science of science
  • Innovation
  • Computational social science
  • Network science
  • Machine learning
  • Data science
  • PhD in business and management, 2021

    Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

  • MSc in computer science, 2017

    Beihang University, China

  • Diplôme d'ingénieur, 2017

    Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France

  • BSc in information and computing science, 2014

    Beihang University, China


  • 10/2023 Best Paper Honorable Mentions Award at VIS 2023, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 06/2023 Poster presentation at ICSSI 2023, Northwestern University, US.
  • 07/2022 Oral presentation at NetSci 2022, Shanghai, China.
  • 06/2022 Poster presentation at the inaugural ICSSI 2022 in the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, US.
  • 11/2021 I joined the CSSI, Kellogg at Northwestern University, as a postdoc, working with Prof. Dashun Wang.
  • 07/2021 I attended the Science of Science Summer School (S4) 2021.
  • 07/2021 Oral presentation at Networks 2021, Indiana University, US (online).
  • 06/2021 I attended the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science Chicago (SICSS Chicago) 2021.
  • 05/2021 Oral presentation at IC2S2 2021, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (online).
  • 04/2021 📖 New paper published at Patterns Cell Press [published][arXiv].
  • 01/2021 📖 New paper published at IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems [published][arXiv].
  • 09/2020 Oral and poster presentation at NetSci 2020, Rome, Italy (online).
  • 07/2020 Poster presentation at IC2S2 2020, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US (online).
  • 05/2020 📖 New preprint on Geometric graphs from data to aid classification tasks [arXiv].
  • 07/2019 Oral and poster presentation at IC2S2 2019, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 05/2019 📖 New preprint on Quantifying the alignment of graph and features in deep learning [arXiv].
  • 03/2019 Oral presentation at Data Natives 2019, City, University of London, UK.
  • 10/2018 Oral presentation at UK Network Science Workshop, University of Greenwich, UK.
  • 07/2018 Poster presentation at IC2S2 2018, Northwestern University, US.
  • 06/2018 Oral and poster presentation at NetSci 2018, Paris, France.


  • yifan.qian1@kellogg.northwestern.edu
  • 600 Foster Street, Evanston, Illinois 60208