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
  • Urbana, IL, 61801, USA

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    About Me

    I'm a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in CS@Illinois, a member of Data Mining Research Group leaded by Prof. Jiawei Han, and a Google PhD Fellow. I received B.E. degree from CS and Chu Kochen Honors College, Zhejiang University in 2012. I interned at Microsoft Research, Redmond and Microsoft Research, Asia multiple times, and will be visiting Pinterest this coming summer! I was born in Shenzhen, China, a beautiful coastal city situated to Hongkong.

    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.

    Professional Service

    - Program Committee Member: SIGKDD (2015-2016), EMNLP (2015-2016), SIGMOD poster competition (2016), NLPCC (2015)
    - Journal Reviewer: ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD), IEEEs Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST), Neurocomputing

    What's New

  • May 2016 - Our latest embedding tool for Label Noise Reduction in Entity Typing is available at GitHub. The paper has been accepted to KDD 2016.
  • Apr. 2016 - Received C. W. Gear Outstanding Graduate Student Award from CS@Illinois---the highest honor given to one grad. student every year.
  • Mar 2016 - Thrilled to be one of the 39 Google PhD Fellows around the globe, and the sole winner in Structured Data. [CS@ILLINOIS]
  • Mar 2016 - Tutorial on "Automatic Entity Recognition and Typing in Massive Text Data" is accepted in SIGMOD 2016. Joint work with Ahmed El-Kishky, Heng Ji, and Jiawei Han.
  • Dec 2015 - Tutorial on "Automatic Entity Recognition and Typing in Massive Text Corpora" is accepted in WWW 2016. See you in Montreal!
  • August 2015 - We (Team Cornfield) are the runner-up in Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge. [Press release I] Press release II].
  • August 2015 - ClusType, an automatic entity recognition and typing tool (no human label required!) designed for massive, domain-specifc corpora, is available now. A tutorial and a research paper were presented in KDD'15.
  • June 2015 - Our phrase extraction tool, SegPhrase, was selected for Yelp Dataset Challenge Award! The paper was presented in SIGMOD'15.
  • May 2015 - Received Yahoo!-DAIS Research Excellence Award. Check out my research summary page for year 14-15.

  • Last Modified: 05/14/2016