- Computer Sciences
Jin-Yi Cai is currently Professor of Computer Sciences and the Steenbock Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studied at Fudan University in Shanghai, China (class of 1977). He continued his studies in the United States at Temple University and Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1986. He held faculty positions at Yale University (1986-1989), Princeton University (1989-1993), and SUNY Buffalo (1993-2000), rising from assistant professor to full professor in 1996.
He received a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1990, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Computer Science in 1994, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998 and a Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics in 2004. He also received the Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists. He was elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2001.
He is an editor of the Journal of Computer and System Sciences (JCSS) and several other journals. He works in computational complexity theory and has written and published over 100 research papers.