Professor Andrew Chi-Chih YAO


Professor Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (姚期智) is currently the Dean of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences at Tsinghua University, Beijing.




Prof. Yao received his BS in Physics from National Taiwan University (1967), PhD in Physics from Harvard University (1972), and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois (1975). From 1975 onward, Professor Yao has served on the faculty at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and as William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University (1986 – 2004). In 2004, he left Princeton to join Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is also the Distinguished Professor-at-Large at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Dr. Yao’s research interests are in the field of computational theory and its applications to cryptography and quantum computing. He received the prestigious A.M. Turing Award in 2000 for his contributions to the theory of computation, including pseudorandom number generation, cryptography, and communication complexity. He is also the recipient of numerous other honors and awards, including the George Polya Prize, the Donald E. Knuth Prize, and several honorary degrees. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.



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