Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Research Interests: Machine Learning and Data Mining, Information Retrieval and Recommender Systems, Economics of Data Science

Lab: The Web Intelligent Systems and Economics (WISE) Lab at Rutgers, http://wise.cs.rutgers.edu

Within the above areas, our recent research focuses on the intersection of Machine Learning and Data Mining, Recommendation and Search Systems, Knowledge Graphs, and Computational Economics, including 1) Explainable Machine Learning and its application in Decision Support Systems – developing explainable machine learning theories and algorithms for decision support systems such as personalized recommendation and search; 2) Conversational Search, Recommendation, and QA algorithms based on neural modeling and natural language processing; and 3) Internet Economics – the application and analysis of economic theories in web-based applications such as recommendation, search, and sharing economy. My group is also broadly interested in "Personalized X", including Personalized Recommendation, Search, Education, Chatbots, etc.

Contact: Department of Computer Science, 110 Frelinghuysen Road, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019, USA

Education and Experience:

Academic Services:

  • PC Member: CIKM 2014, CIKM 2015, NAACL-HLT 2016, INTELLI 2016, WEB 2017, WSDM 2017, WWW 2017, SIGIR 2017, IJCAI 2017, CIKM 2017, CCIR 2017, WSDM 2018, WWW 2018, NAACL-HLT 2018, ACL 2018, SIGIR 2018, IJCAI 2018, EMNLP 2018, RecSys 2018, WWW 2019, AAAI 2019, IJCAI 2019
  • Co-Chair: The 1st International Workshop on ExplainAble Recommendation and Search (EARS 2018, co-located with SIGIR 2018), The 2nd International Workshop on Multi-dimensional Information Fusion for User Modeling and Personalization (IFUP 2018, co-located with WSDM 2018)
  • Area Chair: CCL 2017
  • Editorial Board: Data Mining and Management, Frontiers in Big Data and AI
  • Guest Editor: Multimedia Systems Special Issue on Multi-model Data Analysis
  • Reviewer: ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD)
    ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST), IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (MM)
    Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), World Wide Web Journal (WWWJ)
    Frontiers of Computer Science (FCS), Information Retrieval Journal (IRJ), Information Processing Letters (IPL)
    IJCAI 2013, AAAI 2013, WSDM 2014, AAAI 2014, WWW 2015, SIGIR 2015, IJCAI 2015, KDD 2015, SIGIR 2016, KDD 2016

Honors and Awards:

  • 2018 Best Professor Award by CSGSS for Teaching and Mentoring (together with Prof. Gerard de Melo)
  • 2017 Asia Information Retrieval Societies (AIRS) Best Paper Award
  • 2017 Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI) Best PhD Dissertation Award
  • 2016 Tsinghua University Academic Rising Star Finalist
  • 2016 Excellent PhD Dissertation of Tsinghua Univeristy
  • 2016 Beijing Excellent PhD Graduate
  • 2016 Tsinghua University Excellent PhD Graduate
  • 2015 Microsoft PhD Fellowship
  • 2014 Siebel Scholar
  • 2014 Baidu Scholarship
  • 2014-2015 IBM International PhD Fellowship
  • 2014 ACM RecSys Student Travel Support
  • 2013, 2014 ACM SIGIR Student Travel Support
  • 2012 Google Excellent Student Scholarship
  • 2011 Excellent Graduate of Computer Science Department, Tsinghua University
  • 2010 IBM Scholarship of Tsinghua University

Recent News:

  • 2019-01-20 Three research papers accepted by the Web Conference 2019 (WWW 2019), including our recent research on bridging machine learning and economic principles for economic analysis of web-based systems.
  • 2018-08-06 Our research paper on Towards Conversational Search and Recommendation: System Ask, User Respond got accepted by CIKM 2018 as a full paper.
  • 2018-06-22 Give an invited talk "Explainable Recommendation and Search" at Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China
  • 2018-06-18 Give an invited talk "Explainable Recommendation and Search" at the Software College, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China.
  • 2018-06-15 Give an invited talk "Economics of Recommendation and Search Systems" at Alibaba incorporation.
  • 2018-06-14 Give an invited talk "Conversational Search in E-commerce" at the Department of Computer Science, Tsinghua University.
  • 2018-06-14 Give an invited talk "Explainable Recommendation and Search" at Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • 2018-05-31 Give an invited talk "From Textual to Visual Explainable Recommendation" at Microsft Research Asia.
  • 2018-03-15 We are organizing the 2018 Workshop on ExplainAble Recommendation and Search (EARS 2018), to be co-loacted with SIGIR 2018 at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Please check out the call for papers at https://ears2018.github.io/.
  • 2017-12-15 Please check out the accepted papers and schedule of the second International Workshop on Multi-dimensional Information Fusion for User Modeling and Personalization (IFUP 2018), by clicking here.
  • 2017-10-24 Paper on Sequential Recommendation with Memory Networks got accepted by WSDM 2018.
  • 2017-08-15 We are organizing the Second International Workshop on Multi-dimensional Information Fusion for User Modeling and Personalization (IFUP 2018) co-located with WSDM 2018 at Los Angeles, please checkout the workshop website by clicking here, and kindly consider a contribution!
  • 2017-08-06 Two papers about Joint Representation Learning for Recommendation and Visibility Issues in Recommendation got accepted by CIKM 2017 as full papers, our Joint Representation Learning (JRL) algorithm got 2~3 times improvement than shallow baselines for top-N recommendation, check out the papers and source codes!
  • 2017-04-10 Our two papers about Personalized Product Search and Personalized Key Frame Recommendation got accepted by SIGIR 2017, check out these new research tasks!
  • 2017-01-26 Will give a talk Unstructured Data Mining for Web Personalization in Boston University.
  • 2016-10-17 See how machine learninhg can help to quantity essential economic concepts and model the online economy in our paper “Multi-Product Utility Maximization for Economic Recommendation” accepted as a full paper in WSDM 2017.
  • 2016-06-05 We are organizing the Tsinghua University Forum on Intelligent Recommendation, with distinguished keynote speakers Prof. Jian-Yun Nie from UMontreal, Dr. Xing Xie from MSRA, Dr. Quan Yuan from Alibaba, and Dr. Yading Yue from Tencent. Welcome to join!
  • 2016-06-01 Will give a talk Personalized Recommendation based on Internet Surplus Maximization in Renmin University of China.
  • 2016-05-18 Gave a talk Internet Welfare Economics in School of Computer Science, Beijing University of Technology.
  • 2015-12-16 Let's promote the Web Intelligence towards Social Good! See our paper “Economic Recommendation with Surplus Maximization” accepted as a full paper in WWW 2016.
  • 2015-04-17 Nearly driven crazy by the countless and continuously emerging approachs of shilling attach in practical recommender systems? See our paper “Catch the Black Sheep: Unified Framework for Shilling Attack Detection based on Fraudulent Action Propagation” in IJCAI 2015.
  • 2015-01-18 Leverage the rather mature time series analysis techniques for business intelligence. See our paper “Daily-Aware Personalized Recommendation based on Feature-Level Time Series Analysis” accepted as a full paper by WWW 2015.
  • 2014-11-21 It's time to care about the role of textual reivews in recommender systems! See our research proposal “Incorporating Phrase-level Sentiment Analysis on Textual Reviews for Personalized Recommendation” accepted by WSDM 2015.
  • 2014-11-10 Our paper “SoF: Soft-Cluster Matrix Factorization for Probabilistic Clustering” is accepted as a full paper by AAAI 2015.
  • 2014-08-09 Our paper entitled “Understanding the Sparsity: Augmented Matrix Factorization with Sampled Constraints on Unobservables” is accepted as a long paper by CIKM 2014.
  • 2014-07-07 My research proposal “Browser-Oriented Universal Cross-Site Recommendation and Explanation based on User Browsing Logs” is accepted by the Doctoral Symposium of the RecSys 2014 conference.
  • 2014-04-12 Our paper “Explicit Factor Models for Explainable Recommendation based on Phrase-level Sentiment Analysis” is accepted as a long paper by SIGIR 2014.
  • 2014-04-12 Our paper entitled “Do Users Rate or Review? Boost Phrase-level Sentiment Labeling with Review-level Sentiment Classification” has been accepted as a short paper by SIGIR 2014.
  • 2013-12-08 I am visiting as a research assistant at the School of Computing (SoC) in the National University of Singapore (NUS) for about 3 months.
  • 2013-09-15 Our paper entitled “Towards the Adaption to the Open Texture of Law” was accepted by CSMES 2013.
  • 2013-08-18 Our paper entitled “A Unified Framework for Emotional Elements Extraction based on Finite State Matching Machine” was accepted as a long paper by NLPCC 2013.
  • 2013-04-05 Our paper “Improve Collaborative Filtering Through Bordered Block Diagonal Form Matrices” was accepted as a long paper by SIGIR 2013.
  • 2013-02-08 Our paper entitled “Localized Matrix Factorization for Recommendation based on Matrix Block Diagonal Forms” was accepted as a long paper by WWW 2013.
  • 2013-02-05 Our paper “A General Collaborative Filtering Framework based on Matrix Bordered Block Diagonal Forms” was accepted as a short paper by ACM Hypertext 2013.
  • 2013-01-10 Our paper entitled “Is Fengshui Science or Superstition? A New Criterion for Judging the Value of Knowledge Systems” is published in Vol.3 No.1 in Journal of Literature and Art Studies.
  • 2012-10-08 I gave a talk about “Framework of Distributed Recommender Systems“ in State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Systems of CS Dept. at Tsinghua University.
  • 2012-04-23 I gave a talk about “A Suervey of Recommender Systems“ in State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Systems of CS Dept. at Tsinghua University.