# Angela Zhou

401S Bridge Hall

I am an Assistant Professor at USC Marshall Data Sciences and Operations, in the Operations group.

Previously I was a research fellow at the Simons program on causality, a FODSI postdoc at UC Berkeley, hosted by Bin Yu, and Michael I. Jordan. I obtained my PhD from Cornell University in Operations Research and Information Engineering working with Nathan Kallus at Cornell Tech. My work was previously supported on a NDSEG fellowship.

My research interests are broadly in data-driven decision making under uncertainty, including operations, statistical machine learning, and causal inference, and the interplay of statistics and optimization.

Email: zhoua at usc.edu.

Research:

- Computerized influence functions for optimization-based estimators in causal inference
- Credible causal inference for optimal decisions and bounds; and for infinite-horizon and finite horizon (scalable) offline reinforcement learning under violations of assumptions
- Algorithmic fairness: biased data, partial identification bounds on causal disparities. Substantive: don’t use CJ data for ML benchmarks, evaluating short term impacts of bail reform on aggregate crime.

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Jun 1, 2023 | Major (working) update on Data-Driven Influence Functions for Causal Inference and Optimization-Based Estimators, with new results on sensitivity analysis! |
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Apr 13, 2023 | Upcoming talks at USC ShowCAIS (April), USC Econometrics Reading group (April), Simons (Causality reunion) (May), Socal OR/OM Day (May), Stanford OIT (June) |

Feb 1, 2023 | New paper on Robust Fitted-Q-Iteration under Unobserved Confounders! |

Jan 15, 2023 | Serving as a Tutorials Chair and an Area-Chair for FAccT 2023, Scientific Integrity Chair for UAI 2023. |

Oct 7, 2022 | Co-chaired ACM EAAMO; catch up with the program here |

Sep 14, 2022 | Two papers accepted at Neurips 2022: Off-Policy Evaluation with Policy-Dependent Response and Empirical Gateaux Derivatives for Causal Inference (Oral-designated, Top 3% of All Submissions). |

Jun 16, 2022 | Started at USC Marshall. |