Short Bio

I am a second year Ph.D. student in Prof. Jiawei Han's Data Mining Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

My research focuses on constructing multi-faceted taxonomy from massive unstructured text corpora, to facilitate semantic search and mining of large domain-specific corpora. My works lay in the intersection of data mining, natural language processing, and information retrieval.

Before I joined UIUC, I got my bachelor degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and was a member of IEEE Honor Class.

What's new!

Jun. 2018 - Together with Jingbo Shang and Together with Hanwen Zha, we have three papers accepted into KDD 2018 Demo Track.

May 2018 - Three papers are submitted to CIKM 2018.

May 2018 - My work on Task-guided Taxonomy Construction with User-provided Seed Supervision has been accepted into KDD 2018.

May 2018 - I have received the SIGIR 2018 Travel Award.

Apr. 2018 - Together with Yuning Mao, the work about End-to-end Taxonomy Induction using Reinforcement Learning has been accepted into ACL 2018.

Apr. 2018 - My work on Entity-set-aware Literature Search has been accepted into SIGIR 2018.

Apr. 2018 - Together with Jingbo Shang and Chao Zhang, our tutorial about Multidimensional Analysis of Text Corpora has been accepted into KDD 2018.

Jun. 2017 - My work on Corpus-based Set Expansion has been accepted into ECMLPKDD 2017.

May 2017 - I have joined the Google as a software engineer in research.

Apr. 2017 - Together with Xiang Ren, we have developed a demo system called LifeNet to construct and explore knowledge network for life science. This work has been accepted into ACL Demo 2017.

Area of Interests

My primary areas of interests in research include:

  • Data Mining
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Information Retrieval

My primary areas of interests in engineering include:

  • Interactive Web Development
  • Data Wrangling
  • Mobile Application Development


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