Last Name



Duke Kunshan University, SciEcon CIC


Senior Research Scientist, Assistant Professor of Economics, Founding President




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Summary of Experience

Luyao (Sunshine) Zhang is Assistant Professor of Economics and Senior Research Scientist at the Data Science Research Center at Duke Kunshan University (DKU). She has an abiding passion for interdisciplinary collaborations, especially for cutting-edge research of both profound insights and practical impacts, including Computational Economics (Algorithmic Game Theory and Mechanism Design), Explainable Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning, AI Ethics, Human-Computer Interaction), Cryptoeconomics (Blockchain for social good, Consensus Algorithms, Tokeneconomics), Behavioral Science (Bounded Rationality, Trust, and Cooperation), and Interdisciplinary Big Data (Social Media, Sustainability, and Global Health). Her current research interests are at the interplay of computational science and economics around the applications of Blockchain technology. Her publications appear in economic and computational science journals and conference proceedings for general interest and beyond, including American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the World Economy, Nature Research Scientific Data, Springer Nature Social Indicators Research, Springer Nature Eastern Economic Journal, ACM CCS, AAAI/ACM AIES, Computing Conference, IEEE International Conference on Blockchain Proceedings, Remote Sensing, Journal of Digital Earth, Data and Information Management. She received Ph.D. in Economics at Ohio State University, supported by Presidential Fellowship and NSF dissertation grant. She graduated from Peking University with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Math and Applied Math. She holds Blockchain Strategy program certificate from Oxford University, Blockchain: Disruptive Technology program certificate from MIT professional education, and more than 30 data science certificates. She is currently supported by National Science Foundation in China for her research agenda entitled “Trust Mechanism Design on Blockchain: An Interdisciplinary Approach of Game Theory, Reinforcement Learning, and Human-AI Interactions.

Professional Goals & Objectives

Do research and development of both profound insights and practical impacts around blockchain technologies

Domain Experience

Accounting, Advertising, Artificial Intelligence, College/University Professor, Communications / Media / Printing / Publishing, Education /Training, Finance / Banking / Insurance, Marketing / Market Research / Public Relations

Use Case Experience

Asset Management, Data Analytics, Financial Instruments, Intellectual Property, Security, Supply Chain Management, Voting / Election Systems, Other

Blockchain Development Experience

Ethereum, Other

Cryptocurrency Experience

Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Chainlink, Dash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Other

Languages Spoken

Chinese, English, German

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Availability for Work or Contract Opportunities


Available for Travel*