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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 now a third year Ph.D. candidate in Database and Information Systems Laboratory (DAIS), Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My adviser is Prof. Jiawei Han. Here is my CV.

    Before joining UIUC, I received my Bachelor's degree from Department of Computer Science, Zhejiang University in 2012.

    Research Interests



  • Xiang Ren, Zhouchen Lin. Linearized Alternating Direction Method with Adaptive Penalty and Warm Starts for Fast Solving Transform Invariant Low-Rank TexturesInternational Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV), 2013. [PDF] [Code]


  • [NEW] Xiang Ren, Tao Cheng. Synonym Discovery for Structured Entities on Heterogeneous Graphs. WWW, 2015. [PDF]
  • [NEW] Jialu Liu, Jingbo Shang, Chi Wang, Xiang Ren, Jiawei Han. Mining Quality Phrases from Massive Text Corpora. SIGMOD, 2015. [PDF]
  • Xiang Ren, Jialu Liu, Xiao Yu, Urvashi Khandelwal, Quanquan Gu, Lidan Wang, and Jiawei Han. ClusCite: Effective Citation Recommendation by Information Network-Based Clustering. KDD, 2014. [PDF] [Slides] [Codes] [PubMed Dataset] [DBLP Dataset]
  • Xiang Ren, Yujing Wang, Xiao Yu, Jun Yan, Zheng Chen, and Jiawei Han. Heterogeneous Graph-Based Intent Learning from Queries, Web Pages and Wikipedia Concepts. WSDM, 2014. [PDF] [Slides]
  • Xiao Yu, Xiang Ren, Yizhou Sun, Quanquan Gu, Bradley Sturt, Urvashi Khandelwal, Brandon Norick, and Jiawei Han. Personalized Entity Recommendation: A Heterogeneous Information Network Approach. WSDM, 2014. [PDF] [Slides]
  • Marina Danilevsky, Chi Wang, Nihit Desai, Xiang Ren, Jingyi Guo, and Jiawei Han, Automatic Construction and Ranking of Topical Keyphrases on Collections of Short Documents. SDM, 2014.[PDF]
  • Hyungsul Kim, Xiang Ren, Yizhou Sun, Chi Wang, and Jiawei Han. Semantic Frame-Based Document Representation for Comparable Corpora. ICDM, 2013. [PDF] [Slides]
  • Xiao Yu, Xiang Ren, Yizhou Sun, Bradley Sturt, Urvashi Khandelwal, Quanquan Gu, Brandon Norick, and Jiawei Han. HeteRec: Entity Recommendation in Heterogeneous Information Networks with Implicit User Feedback. RecSys, 2013. [PDF]
  • Xiao Yu, Xiang Ren, Quanquan Gu, Yizhou Sun and Jiawei Han. Collaborative Filtering with Entity Similarity Regularization in Heterogeneous Information Networks. IJCAI-HINA, 2013. [PDF] [Slides]
  • Xiao Liang, Xiang Ren, Zhengdong Zhang and Yi Ma. Repairing Sparse Low Rank Texture. European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2012. [PDF]
  • Jianping Shi*, Xiang Ren*, Guang Dai, Jingdong Wang and Zhihua Zhang.  A Non-convex Relaxation Approach to Sparse Dictionary Learning. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2011. (Oral paper, acceptance rate < 4%). [PDF] [Slides]
  • System Demo

  • Fangbo Tao, Jiawei Han, Heng Ji, George Brova,Chi Wang, Ahmed El-Kishky, Jialu Liu, Xiang Ren, Yizhou Sun. NewsNetExplorer: Automatic Construction and Exploration of News Information Networks. (system demo) SIGMOD, 2014. [PDF]
  • Research and Industry Experience

  • Research Assistant, Data Mining Research Group. UIUC. 08/2012 - present (exptected 05/2017)

  • Research Intern, Data Management, Exploration and Mining (DMX) Group. Microsoft Research Redmond. 05/2014 - 08/2014

  • Co-founder, StylePuzzle Inc. [Website]. 08/2013 - 05/2014

  • Research Intern, Machine Learning Group. Microsoft Research Asia. 05/2013 - 08/2013

  • Research Intern, Visual Computing Group. Microsoft Research Asia. 07/2011 - 08/2012

  • Research Intern, Media Compuring Group. Microsoft Research Asia. 02/2011 - 05/2011

  • Research Assistant, Probabilistic & Statistical Intelligence Lab. Zhejiang Univiersity. 03/2010 - 02/2011

  • Last Modified: 03/26/2015