Ph.D. Candidate

Data Mining Research Group
Database and Information Systems Laboratory
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Email: xren7 [at] illinois [dot] edu
  • 2119, Siebel Center for Computer Science
  • 201 N. Goodwin Ave.
  • Urbana, IL, 61801, USA

  • About Me

    I'm starting my fourth year as a Ph.D. student in CS, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My adviser is Prof. Jiawei Han. Before joining UIUC, I received my Bachelor's degree from CS, Zhejiang University in 2012.

    Research Interests

    I enjoy discovering principles and developing computational models for knowledge acquisition from text data and structure analysis on linked data. I like to design data-driven methods to discover semantic structures (e.g., entities, scientific concepts, clusters, relationships) from massive text corpora.

    What's New

  • ClusType, an automatic, distantly-supervised entity recognition and typing tool designed for massive, domain-specifc corpora, is available now. A tutorial and a research paper will be presented in KDD'15.
  • Jun. 2015, our phrase mining work, SegPhrase, was selected for Yelp Dataset Challenge Award! The paper was presented in SIGMOD'15.
  • Jun. 2015. Receive SIGKDD Student Travel Award.
  • Jun. 2015. I'm serving as PC for EMNLP 2015.
  • May 2015, I'm the Gold winner of Yahoo!-DAIS Research Excellence Award. Check out my 2014-2015 research summary page
  • April 2015, it's my honor to receive C. L. and Jane W.-S. Liu Award (given to one gradudate student in Computer Science Department at UIUC every year for his/her exceptional research promise).
  • March 2015, I'm serving as PC for KDD 2015.

  • Last Modified: 07/05/2015