Portrait of Francis Y. Yan

Francis Y. Yan

Senior Researcher


Dr. Francis Yan is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond) and the Office of the CTO, Azure for Operators. His current research focuses on making machine learning practical for networked systems, as well as developing video platforms and algorithms. He is the creator of Puffer (opens in new tab), a video streaming site with over 250,000 users and a widely used open research platform. Dr. Yan completed his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University, advised by Keith Winstein (opens in new tab) and Philip Levis (opens in new tab). Prior to that, he studied at Tsinghua University (Yao Class (opens in new tab)) and MIT during his undergraduate years. Dr. Yan’s work has been recognized with the IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize (opens in new tab), the USENIX NSDI Community Award (opens in new tab), the USENIX ATC Best Paper Award (opens in new tab), and the APNet Best Paper Award (opens in new tab).

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