Hi, I am Zihong, a PhD student in Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. My passion lies on empowering people in real business world by leveraging information technology and data sciences.


My research interests broadly lie in shadow online industry FinTech. Currently, I am looking into the following streams:

  • Economics of Social Media Fake Accounts
  • AI-empowered Venture Capital
  • Online Auctions
  • Crowdfunding
  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Payment Innovations

Methodology Toolbox

  • Analytical Modeling (Game Theory)
  • Causality Inference (Econometrics & Experiments)
  • Predictive Analytics (Machine Learning)


  • July 2020
    Survive the second year in Carlson School of Management
  • May 2019
    Survive the tough first year in B-school!!!
  • August 2018
    Start PhD Study in Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • April 2018
    Join China National Clearing Center, People’s Bank of China