Lai is currently an associate professor with the Department of
Mathematics, College of Information Science and Technology, Jinan
University. His current research interests include mathematical
programming, machine learning, and mathematical finance. Ahead of the
career in Jinan University, he was an industry manager with the
Departments of Corporate Financing and Investment Banking, Industrial
and Commercial Bank of China, Guangdong Headquarter.
He is the FIRST AUTHOR of 9 journal papers in Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR, top-ranked, 2 papers), IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS, 2 papers), IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics (TCYB), IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (TIP, 2 papers), Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (DMKD), and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems (TSMC-S). He is the corresponding author of 1 journal paper in Pattern Recognition (PR).
He is an invited senior program committee member for the top-ranked AI conferences IJCAI 2020 and IJCAI 2021, and a program committee member for IJCAI 2018, IJCAI2019, AAAI2019, AAAI2020, and AAAI2021. He is also an invited reviewer for IEEE TNNLS and IEEE TKDE (Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering). He is a member of IEEE.