Ph.D. Candidate

Data Mining Research Group
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Our WWW 2017 tutorial "Contructing Structured Information Networks from Massive Text Corpora" is at Meeting Room 10 (April 3, 9am-12:30pm).

I study machine learning and data-driven methods, for turning massive, unstructured text corpora into machine-actionable structures.

Check out MERIE, a Multi-Media Event Exploration System; part of it is powered by ClusType, an automatic entity recognition and typing tool.

Travel cv

Aug 13-17, 2017 - KDD, Halifax, Canada.
Jul 29-Aug 5, 2017 - ACL, Vancouver, Canada.
Jun 23-24, 2017 - The 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award Celebration, San Francisco, CA.
May 13-19, 2017 - SIGMOD, Chicago, IL.
May 1-4, 2017 - ARL NSCTA annual bootcamp, Delaware, DE.
Apr 3-8, 2017 - WWW, Perth, Australia.

About Me  cv

I'm a fifth-year Ph.D. student in CS@Illinois, a member of Data Mining Research Group led by Jiawei Han, and a Google PhD Fellow (class of 2016). I work closely with Tarek F. Abdelzaher and Chengxiang Zhai in UIUC, Ji Heng in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Yizhou Sun in UCLA, and Clare R. Voss in US Army Research Lab. Before that, I received Bacholar degree in Computer Science from Zhejiang University in 2012.

In the past, I was lucky to work with Surajit Chaudhuri, Kuansan Wang and Yi Ma in Microsoft Research. I spent the summer of 2016 with Tao Cheng at Pinterest. Cong Yu is my PhD fellowship mentor at Google Research. I am honored to receive Outstanding Graduate Student Award from CS@Illinois in 2016, Yahoo!-DAIS Research Excellence Award in 2015, and Microsoft Young Fellowship in 2012.  [More on my research]


What's New  cv

Mar. 2017 - I receive a ACM SIGKDD Student Scholarship for ACM's Celebration of 50 Years of the Turing Award.
Mar. 2017 - I receive a WWW 2017 Outstanding Reviewer Award.
Feb. 2017 - I will give a talk with Yizhou Sun in a WWW 2017 tutorial entitled "Recommendation in Context-Rich Environment: An Information Network-Based Approach".
Jan. 2017 - Together with Jiawei Han, we will present a tutorial on "Building Structured Databases of Factual Knowledge from Massive Text Data" in SIGMOD 2017.
Jan. 2017 - A tutorial on "Constructing Structured Information Networks from Massive Text Corpora" is accepted to WWW 2017.
Dec. 2016 - Our CoType paper was accepted to WWW 2017. It creates a principled framework for extracting factual structures from text without human supervision.