Yi Zhu

Yi Zhu

PhD Candidate
Information & Decision Sciences


  • PhD, 2024 (expected)
    Information and Decision Sciences, University of Minnesota
  • MS, 2019
    Business Analytics, Drexel University
  • MS, 2015
    Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BA, 2014
    English, Communication University of China


  • Natural Language Processing
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Healthcare IT
  • Financial Technology


Yi Zhu is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Information and Decision Sciences at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. His research interests lie in the intersection of internet platforms, healthcare IT, and financial technology. In his research, he adopts various quantitative methods, including machine learning, natural language processing, and econometric modeling. His work has been published in some leading journals such as Journal of General Internal Medicine and Public Health Review. He has also presented his work in some of the top information system conferences, including International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS). He is currently working on analyzing how consumers react to major technology infrastructure upgrades, how COVID-19 hospitalization is associated with the mortality rate, and how to improve the fitness mobile app users' adherence to regular physical activities. Mr. Zhu has won a BOLD IDEAS grant from Office of Academic Clinical Affairs, University of Minnesota, and was the champion in the first University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition. He strives to become a key scholar in information systems and seeks a faculty position at a top-ranked business school after graduation.

Selected Works & Activities.

  • Journal Articles
    Karaca-Mandic, P., Sen, S., Georgiou, A., Zhu, Y., & Basu, A. (2020). Association of COVID-19-Related Hospital Use and Overall COVID-19 Mortality in the USA. Journal of General Internal Medicine.
  • Journal Articles
    Zhou, J., Everhart, A., Smith, L. B., Qiu, Y., & Zhu, Y. (2020). The Economic Burden of Extended—Release Pharmaceuticals in Minnesota. Public Health Review, 3(2).
  • Conference Proceedings
    Zhu, Y., Bi, X., Adomavicious, G., & Curley, S. (2021). Forecasting Goal-Oriented Activities: A Deep Learning Approach Leveraging Cross-Activity Relationships. Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS). Austin, TX
  • Conference Proceedings
    Zhu, Y., Chan, J., Bi, X., Guo, Y., & Wu, J. (2021). Investigating the Willingness to Pay for Enhanced Mobile Internet Services: Evidence from A Mobile Network Upgrade. American Marketing Association (AMA) Summer Academic Conference. Virtual. pp. 615-619.
  • Conference Proceedings
    Zhu, Y., Everhart, A., Karaca-Mandic, P., & Sen, S. (2020). Using NLP to Extract Predicate History from Medical Device Approvals. International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). Virtual.
  • Conference Proceedings
    Zhu, Y., Sen, S., Karaca-Mandic, P., Georgiou, A., & Vu, K. (2020). An Interactive Web-Based Dashboard for COVID-19 Hospitalizations in the U.S. . Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS). Virtual. pp. 102-111.
  • Other
    Karaca-Mandic, P., Georgiou, A., Sen, S., Zhu, Y., Vu, K., & Everhart, A. (2020). Early Insights from the University of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Dashboard (4/13, University of Minnesota). Health Management, Policy & Innovation.
  • Other
    Levin, Z., Choyke, K., Geogiou, A., Sen, S., & Karaca-Mandic, P. (2021). Trends in Pediatric Hospitalizations for Coronavirus Disease 2019. JAMA Pediatrics.
  • Other
    Karaca-Mandic, P., Georgiou, A., & Sen, S. (2020). Assessment of COVID-19 Hospitalizations by Race/Ethnicity in 12 States. JAMA Internal Medicine.
  • Other
    Sen, S., Karaca-Mandic, P., & Georgiou, A. (2020). Association of Stay-at-Home Orders With COVID-19 Hospitalizations in 4 States. JAMA, 323(24):2522-2524.

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