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 B.Eng. from CS and Chu Kochen Hornors Program, Zhejiang University in 2012. During my undergrad, I interned at Microsoft Research, Asia for over one year. 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.

    What's New

  • August 2015 - We (Team Cornfield) are the runner-up in Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge. More details are coming soon.
  • 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.
  • June 2015 - Receive SIGKDD Student Travel Award.
  • June 2015 - I'm serving as PC for EMNLP 2015.
  • May 2015 - Received Yahoo!-DAIS Research Excellence Award. Check out my research summary page for year 14-15.
  • 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: 08/21/2015