Email: xren7 [at] illinois [dot] edu
2119, Siebel Center for Computer Science
Urbana, IL, 61801, USA
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.
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.
- 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
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.
Feb 2016 - Our latest embedding tool for Reducing Label Noise in Distant Supervision is available at GitHub now!
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.