I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University.
I am interested in algorithms, mechanisms, and data mining techniques that guide the design of systems powered by social interactions and data. For more information see my publications.
Before coming to Harvard, I was a postdoc at Google Research, and slightly before that I was a graduate student at UC Berkeley, where I was fortunate to be advised by Christos Papadimitriou, and received the Microsoft Research fellowship and the Facebook fellowship.
This semester I'm teaching a seminar course on (Social) Data Mining. In Spring 2014 I taught AM 221: Advanced Optimization. In Fall 2013 I taught CS 284r: Incentives and Information in Networks.
I sit in Maxwell Dworkin 239, 33 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, and my email is yar_on@sea_s.harv_ard.ed_u (humans: ignore the underscores).