Ph.D. Candidate

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

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Travel cv

May 13-19, 2017 - SIGMOD, TBD.
Apr 3-8, 2017 - WWW, Perth, Australia.
Mar 27-28, 2017 - Duke Computer Science, Durham, NC.
Mar 16-17, 2017 - UCLA Computer Science, Los Angeles, CA.
Mar 9-10, 2017 - UC Davis Computer Science, Davis, CA.
Mar 2-3, 2017 - Georgia Tech Computer Science, Atlanta, GA.
Feb 22-23, 2017 - USC Computer Science, Los Angeles, CA.
Nov 22, 2016 - Stanford University, Info Lab, Stanford, CA.
Nov 1-5, 2016 - EMNLP Conference, Austin, TX.

About Me

I'm a fifth-year Ph.D. student in CS@Illinois, a member of Data Mining Research Group led by Professor Jiawei Han, and a Google PhD Fellow. I work closely with Professor Ji Heng in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clare R. Voss in US Army Research Lab, Professor Tarek F. Abdelzaher and Professor ChengXiang Zhai in UIUC. 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

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.
Nov. 2016 - I am in PC of SIGIR 2017, Tokyo, Japan.
Oct. 2016 - Our paper on Comparative Document Analysis got accepted to WSDM 2017.
Oct. 2016 - I am in PC of WWW 2017 (Social Network Analysis Track).
Sep. 2016 - I am in PC of SDM 2017, Houston, Texas.
July. 2016 - Three papers accepted in EMNLP 2016, CIKM 2016, and NAACL 2016.