Daniel Yao is a PhD student of New York University and New York University Abu Dhabi. He is a member of S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group with Professor Borja García de Soto as his supervisor. His research interests focus on the application of machine learning and deep learning (artificial intelligence) on risk management in the construction industry. He holds both a bachelor's and master's degree from Southwest Petroleum University, China, and was once an exchange researcher to the Clausthal University of Technology, Germany, and University of Calgary, Canada.