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Prof. Gary Shiu received his PhD degree in Physics from Cornell University in 1998. He has held postdoctoral appointments at the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook, and the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he is currently Professor of Physics. Prof. Shiu’s research program spans a wide range of areas in string theory, particle physics, and cosmology, with an emphasis on connecting fundamental theory to experiments. His quest to understand our universe at the most fundamental level has also drawn him to research in mathematics and artificial intelligence.

As the first member of the mathematical physics cluster, Prof. Shiu’s research program brought string theory to the University of Wisconsin. Since then, this research effort has grown resulting in the formation of the Theoretical and Computational Cosmology Group and the AI ∩ Universe Initiative. which interact synergistically with the String Theory and Particle Phenomenology programs.

Among the honors Prof. Shiu received include the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Johannes Diderik van der Waals Chair in the Netherlands. He was a recipient of the Cottrell Scholar Award, the NSF Career Award, and the Research Innovation Award. From the University of Wisconsin, he has received the Kellett Award, the Vilas Associate Award, and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (highest teaching honor bestowed upon University of Wisconsin faculty). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,  a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Kavli Frontiers Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

To disseminate his research findings, he has given numerous lectures at both a technical and a general level.

Short CV below and in pdf format. Full CV available upon request.


1998 Cornell University Ph.D. in Physics
1993 Chinese University of Hong Kong B.Sc. in Physics (1st Class Honors)

Academic Appointments

2010-present University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Physics
2012-2014 (on leave in 2014-2017) Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Chair Professor of Physics
2012-2014 (on leave in 2014-2017) Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study Senior Fellow
2013-2017 Center for Fundamental Physics, HKUST Founding Director
2006-2010 University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor of Physics
2002-2006 University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor of Physics
2000-2002 University of Pennsylvania Senior Research Associate
1998-2000 C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics Postdoctoral Member

Selected Awards and Honors

2016 Kellett Mid-Career Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2015 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2012 Johannes Diderik van der Waals Chair, University of Amsterdam
2012 Fellow, Institute of Physics, UK
2012 University of Wisconsin Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award
2011 Fellow, American Physical Society
2008 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
2008 Vilas Associate Award, University of Wisconsin
2006 Kavli Frontiers Fellow, National Academy of Sciences
2005 Cottrell Scholar Award
2004 NSF Career Award
2003 Research Innovation Award from Research Corporation

Selected Visiting Appointments

2020-present Visiting Senior Scientist, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
2012-2013 Johannes Diderik van der Waals Chair, University of Amsterdam
2009 Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
2008 Visiting Professor, Stanford University
2008 Scientific Associate, CERN
2005 Visiting Professor, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Research Publications

Other Recent Professional Activities (Selected)

2021 – present Member of the organizing committee, Seminar Series on String Phenomenology
2020 – present Co-initiator and co-organizer of Physics ∩  ML, an online seminar series at the interface of theoretical physics and machine learning
2020 – 2023 Program Committee of Division of Particles and Fields, American Physical Society
2020-2022 Selection Committee, J. J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in Theoretical Particle Physics, 2021 (Vice Chair), 2022 (Chair)
2018 – present Editorial Board, Science China
2018 – present Editorial Board, Chinese Physics C
2015 Inaugural Chair, Gordon Research Conference on String Theory and Cosmology, 2015

Conference Organization (2015-)

2022 Scientific Organizing Committee, “Hammers & Nails, Machine Learning Meets Astro & Particle Physics”, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
2022 Organizer, “Interpretable and higher-order statistics for late-time cosmology”, Institute for Fundamental Physics of the Universe, Trieste, Italy.
2021 Program Committee, SUSY 2021, Beijing
2021 Thematic Program on “The Landscape vs. the Swampland”, Erwin Schrodinger Institute, Vienna, Austria (canceled due to COVID)
2020 KITP Program “The String Swampland and Quantum Gravity Constraints on Effective Theories”, Santa Barbara
2019 Microsoft Workshop on “Physics ∩ ML”, Microsoft Research Redmond
2017 HenryFest: Tying Particles and Strings to the Cosmos, Cornell University
2016 Local Organizing Committee, Strings 2016, Beijing
2015 Gordon Research Conference on String Theory and Cosmology

In addition, Prof. Shiu co-chaired the 10-th International String Phenomenology Conference in Madison in 2011. He also served on numerous international advisory or program committees of international conferences such as String Phenomenology, SUSY, PASCOS, and ICHEP.