Zhang, Philip Renyu(張任宇)

BS (Peking U); PhD (Washington University in St. Louis)

Visiting Scholar


Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics

Room 911, 9/F
Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

+852 3943 7763



Prof. Philip Renyu Zhang joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School as a visiting scholar in the Department of Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics in September 2021. Prof. Zhang is also on leave from New York University Shanghai, where he has been an Assistant Professor of Operations Management and NYU Global Network Assistant Professor since August 2016. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a PhD candidate at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, where he holds a PhD in Business Administration (Operations Management). Prof. Zhang also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Peking University.

Prof. Zhang’s research interests are developing data-driven optimisation and randomised experiment (a.k.a. A/B testing) methodologies to evaluate and optimise the operations strategies in the contexts of online platforms and marketplaces, sharing economy, and social networks, especially their recommendation, advertising, and pricing policies. His research works have appeared in Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management, and have been recognised by various research awards of the INFORMS and POMS communities.

Teaching Areas

Business Analytics
Data Science
Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence
Operations Management

Research Interests

Reinforcement Learning
Randomised Experiment
Game Theory
Mechanism Design
Econometrics and Causal Inference

Online Platforms And Marketplaces
Sharing Economy
Social Networks
Recommender Systems
Revenue Management and Pricing
Inventory and Supply Chain Management

  • Grants
    • “Carpool Services of Online Ride-Sharing Platforms”, by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Young Scientist Program 71802133, with RMB 180,000, 2019-2021 (Principal Investigator)
    • Shanghai Eastern Scholar, by Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, Young Scientist Program QD2018053, RMB 600,000, 2019-2021 (Principal Investigator)
    • “The Impact of Social Networks on Operations Strategies”, by the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee, Pujiang Talent Program 17PJC074, RMB 100,000, 2017-2019 (Principal Investigator)
  • Awards & Honours
    • Finalist Award, POMS College of Supply Chain Management Best Student Paper Competition, 2015
    • Honorable Mention, INFORMS Service Science Best Cluster Paper Award, 2017
    • Meritorious Service Award, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2018, 2019
    • Finalist Award, INFORMS Data Mining Section Best Paper Competition, 2019
    • Finalist Award, INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Student Paper Competition, 2020