Yihui Xie (https://yihui.name) is a software engineer at RStudio (https://www.rstudio.com). He earned his PhD from the Department of Statistics, Iowa State University. He is interested in interactive statistical graphics and statistical computing. As an active R user, he has authored several R packages, such as knitr, bookdown, blogdown, xaringan, tinytex, animation, DT, tufte, formatR, fun, xfun, mime, highr, servr, and Rd2roxygen, among which the animation package won the 2009 John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award (ASA). He also co-authored a few other R packages, including shiny, rmarkdown, and leaflet.
He has authored two books, Dynamic Documents with knitr (Xie 2015), and bookdown: Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown (Xie 2016), and co-authored two book, blogdown: Creating Websites with R Markdown (Xie, Hill, and Thomas 2017), and R Markdown: The Definitive Guide (Xie, Allaire, and Grolemund 2018).
In 2006, he founded the Capital of Statistics (https://cosx.org), which has grown into a large online community on statistics in China. He initiated the Chinese R conference in 2008, and has been involved in organizing R conferences in China since then. During his PhD training at Iowa State University, he won the Vince Sposito Statistical Computing Award (2011) and the Snedecor Award (2012) in the Department of Statistics.
He enjoys spicy food as much as classical Chinese literature.