Haiyan Cheng

Associate Professor; Sabbatical Fall 2020
Specialty: Computer Science

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Contact Information

Ford Hall 207
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301
503-370-6977 (Fax)


  • MBA, Master of Business Administration for Professionals, Expected 2022
  • PhD, Computer Science and Applications, Virginia Tech, 2009
  • MS, Computer Science, University of Windsor, 2003
  • MS, Applied Mathematics, Michigan Technological University, 2000


  • 2015-Present, Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, Willamette University
  • 2017-2020 Department Chair, Computer Science Department, Willamette University
  • 2009-2015, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, Willamette University
  • 2003-2004, Instructor,  Computer Science Department, University of Windsor, Canada

Research Interests

  • Scientific computing
  • Data Science and machine learning
  • Computational sustainability 
  • Data assimilation techniques: Kalman filter, 4D-Var, Particle filter
  • Hybrid numerical methods for data assimilation
  • Uncertainty quantification and reduction techniques for large-scale simulations
  • Polynomial chaos method
  • Uncertainty apportionment


  • IDS 101 Ethics in Information Technology
  • CS 125 Problem Solving with MATLAB
  • CS 141 Introduction to Programming (JAVA)
  • CS 203X Problem Solving for the ACM Programming Contest
  • CS 343 Analysis of Algorithms
  • CS 370 Fundamentals of Data Science
  • CS 393 Computer Science Junior Seminar
  • CS 435 Computational Science and Applications
  • CS 451 Topics in Computer Science (World Wide Web Programming) (Issues in Scientific Computing)
  • CS 470 Introduction to Data Science
  • CS 495W, CS 496W Computer Science Senior Seminar (1)(2)
  • GSMDS 5002 Practical Applications of Python for Data Science

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Invited Talks and Tutorials

  • "Scientific Machine Learning and its Potentials." Applied Math and Computer Science Lab, Computer Science Department, Universidad del Norte, Columbia, August 14, 2020.
  • Computational and Data Science for All." Willamette University Faculty Colloquium talk, Willamette University, February, 6, 2020.
  • "The best of both worlds: Computational Science and Data Science." Mathematics and Computer Science Colloquium talk, Lewis and Clark College, Oct 24, 2019.
  • "Adaptive Data Assimilation Scheme for Shallow Water Simulation." Data Assimilation Techniques for High-dimensional and Nonlinear Problems Minisymposia, SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification (SIAM-UQ), Lausanne, Switzerland, April 5-8, 2016.
  • "Uncertainty Quantification with Polynomial Chaos Method for Practitioners." Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, Beijing, China, Aug 11, 2015.
  • "Today's Forecast-A Better Forecast." Institute for Continued Learning at the Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, Oct 28, 2014.
  • "Data Assimilation with Particle Filter Methods." Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, May 12, 2014.
  • "Quantify and Reduce Uncertainties to Improve the Model Predictability." CASCADE Computational and Applied Mathematics Seminar, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, April 5, 2014.
  • "Hybrid Data Assimilation Method", Colloquium Talk, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Marquette University, April 26, 2013.
  • "Variational Data Assimilation and Particle Filters." Data Assimilation and PDE-Constrained Optimization, SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (SIAM-CSE) Feb 25-Mar 1, 2013.
  • "Hybrid Methods for Data Assimilation." Data Assimilation and Inverse Problem Minisymposia, SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification (SIAM-UQ), Raleigh, North Carolina, April 2-5, 2012.
  • "New Hybrid EnKF and 4D-Var Method." Applied Mathematics and Computational Seminar, Mathematics Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, November 18, 2011.
  • "Investigation of Advanced Data Assimilation Schemes for Nonlinear and Non-Gaussian Problems." Invited talk at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth Science Research Lab, Global System Division, Forecast Application Branch (NOAA/ESRL/GSD/FAB), Boulder, Colorado, July 27, 2011.
  • "Uncertainty Quantification and Uncertainty Reduction Techniques in Scientific Simulations." Invited talk at NOAA/ESRL/GSD/FAB, Boulder, Colorado, June 23, 2010.
  • "Uncertainty Quantification and Uncertainty Reduction Techniques for Scientific Simulations." Half-day tutorial at ACM-SAC conference, Sierre, Switzerland, March 22-26, 2010.
  • "Parameter Estimation and Uncertainty Apportionment using a Polynomial Chaos Approach." Invited talk at SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (SIAM-CSE-09), Miami, Florida, March 2-6, 2009.

Fundings and Awards

Willamette University

Computer Science

Ford Hall
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6977 fax

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