Insoon Yang

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Seoul National University (SNU)

Room 708, Bldg 301
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 08826, South Korea
Phone: 82-2-880-8489
insoonyang at

Research Group:
Control and Optimization Research (CORE) Lab

Academic Appointments


Areas of Research
  • Stochastic control and reinforcement learning
  • Safe autonomy and risk management
  • Optimization
Acknowledgement: Supported by Samsung Electronics DIT (2022-23), IITP RL (2022-26), IITP Competency-Aware ML (2022-26), SK Hynix AICC (2020-21), IITP Cloud Robot AI (2020-23), NRF Early Career (2020-24), Samsung Electronics DS (2018-23), NRF Basic Research Lab (2018-24), Sindoh (2018-2021), SNU Creative-Pioneering (2018-21), Seoul Digital Foundation (2018-19), NSF ECCS (2017-20), and NSF CNS (2017-19).

Awards and Honors
  • CoE Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, 2022
  • ECE Teaching Award, ECE Dept., Seoul National University, 2020
  • Creative-Pioneering Researcher, Seoul National University, 2018
  • Best Student Paper Award Finalist, The 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2016
  • Eli Jury Award (Outstanding contribution to Systems, Communications, and Control), UC Berkeley, 2015
  • University Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley, 2013
  • EECS Distinguished Student Teaching Award, UC Berkeley, 2013
  • Summa cum laude, Seoul National University, 2009
  • Special Prize in Mathematics Olympiad for University Students, Korean Mathematical Society, (twice) 2003, 2004



Brief Biography

Insoon Yang is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seoul National University. He received B.S. degrees in Mathematics and in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from Seoul National University in 2009; and an M.S. in EECS, an M.A. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in EECS from UC Berkeley in 2012, 2013 and 2015, respectively. He was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Southern California from 2016 to 2018, and a Postdoctoral Associate with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2015 to 2016. His research interests are in stochastic control and optimization, and reinforcement learning, with applications in safe autonomy and risk management. He is a recipient of the 2015 Eli Jury Award and a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2016.

He is an associate editor for the IEEE Open Journal of Control Systems, IEEE Control Systems Letters, and IEEE CSS Conference Editorial Board, and a vice-chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Stochastic Systems.

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